Community-Wide Program to Explore "Two Strange Stories of Resurrection in the Bible"

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

December 23, 2009, Baltimore, MD

"Two Strange Stories of Resurrection in the Bible” will be the focus of the Baltimore Community-Wide Herald Institute on Sunday, January 24, 2010, at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore. Sponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), the institute will feature Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, assistant professor of Bible at JTS.

The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a complimentary brunch and conclude at 1:00 p.m. Breakout sessions will allow participants to explore the fascinating stories presented by Dr. Kalmanofsky and gain deeper insights and meaning from the texts.

Dr. Kalmanofsky’s extensive scholarship in the area of horror and the Bible has made her an authority on horror theory and how it applies to biblical texts. She examines the ways in which the Bible is designed to terrify its audience, in particular considering how gender shapes the Bible’s rhetoric of horror. She recently participated in a panel discussion with Lawrence Bender, producer of the movie Inglourious Basterds, JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, and Rabbi Jack Moline of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, on the subject of Jewish persecution and the fantasy of revenge.

Articles published by Dr. Kalmanofsky include “Israel’s Baby: The Horror of Childbirth in the Biblical Prophets” and “The Monstrous Feminine in the Book of Jeremiah.” She also contributed to The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary, and her book Terror All Around: Horror, Monsters and Theology was published in 2008. Currently, Dr. Kalmanofsky is working on a book entitled Sister to Sister: The Literary Representation of Sisters in the Hebrew Bible.

The program is free and open to the public but reservations are required. To RSVP, or for further information, please contact Barbara Rosenau, JTS assistant director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, at (215) 376-0474.