JTS Bible Scholar to Serve as Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth Am in Margate

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February 25, 2009, Margate, FL

Rabbi Robert Harris, associate professor of Bible and chair of the Department of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will serve as the scholar-in-residence March 13–14, 2009, at Temple Beth Am, 7205 Royal Palm Boulevard, Margate.

This program and the complimentary Shabbat luncheon are made possible by a generous gift from a friend of JTS.

Dr. Harris will discuss "I Peshat the Torah—How the Torah Came to Mean What the Commentators Said It Means" at Shabbat dinner following evening services on March 13.

On Saturday, March 14, during Shabbat morning services, Dr. Harris will speak on "Genesis 24:1: 'And The Lord Blessed Abraham'—What Constitutes A Life Of Blessing?" Following a kiddush luncheon, Dr. Harris will explore "Jews and Christians Read Scripture," an examination of the commonalities and differences in the ways Jews and Christians read the Bible in the Middle Ages.

Dr. Harris is noted as both an academic and musician. He teaches courses in biblical literature and commentary, particularly medieval Jewish biblical exegesis. He regularly delivers papers at academic conferences, such as the International Medieval Congress and the World Congress of Jewish Studies, and has published many articles and reviews in American and Israeli journals. Dr. Harris has been a visiting scholar at the Bible Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has taught at JTS's Project Judaica at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. In 2004, he published Discerning Parallelism: A Study in Northern French Medieval Jewish Biblical Exegesis. His forthcoming books include Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency's Commentary on Amos and Jonah.

In addition to his scholarly endeavors, Dr. Harris composes original rock-and-roll music and regularly performs with his garage band, SR2 (Shake, Rabbis and Roll), whose music can be found at www.shakerabbisandroll.com.

Reservations for the Friday night dinner and the complimentary kiddush lunch on Saturday are required by Thursday, March 5, by contacting the temple office at (954) 968-4545 or info@beth-am.org. Information on JTS programming in Florida is available by contacting Carolyn Kantor at (561) 852-3454.