Stephen A. Geller

Stephen A. Geller is the Irma Cameron Milstein Chair of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Geller teaches courses in biblical literature, with special emphasis on the Book of Psalms, biblical poetry, and the prophets.

Dr. Geller has published numerous books and articles on biblical language, poetry, literature, and religion. His dissertation, "Parallelism in Early Biblical Poetry," was published in 1979. His most recent book is Sacred Enigmas: Literary Religion in the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Geller's article "Wisdom, Nature and Piety in Some Biblical Psalms" appeared in Riches Hidden in Secret Places: Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Memory of Thorkild Jacobsen (edited by Tzvi Abusch, 2002). He is currently completing a commentary on the Book of Psalms for the Hermeneia series of commentaries.

In May 2002, Dr. Geller lectured on "The Genealogy of Faith" and taught a seminar based on Sacred Enigmas at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has taught at York University in Toronto, Dropsie College, and Brandeis University, in addition to serving on the faculty at JTS.

Dr. Geller received an AB from Cornell University in 1960 and rabbinical ordination from JTS in 1965. He also studied at Heidelberg University and Columbia University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1976.


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