JTS Scholar Authors Milestone Volume

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January 16, 2007, New York, NY

A volume on the book of Ezra and Nehemiah, written by Dr. David Marcus, Professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, was recently published as part of the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, a new critical edition of the Hebrew Bible being written by an international team of scholars.

The volume constitutes a milestone in the history of the Biblia Hebraica since it represents the first time that a Jewish scholar has authored one of the books of the Bible under the auspices of Biblia Hebraica. The project is being sponsored by the United Bible Societies and produced in Stuttgart by the German Bible Society.

Dr. Marcus's area of expertise is the Bible and the ancient near east. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two language manuals, one on Akkadian, the ancient language of Mesopotamia, and the other on the Aramaic of the Babylonian Talmud. His book, From Balaam to Jonah: Anti–Prophetic Satire in the Hebrew Bible, explores the use of satire in the Hebrew Bible. His most recent article "How BHQ Differs from BHS" in the Book of Ezra–Nehemiah was published in Yohanan Goldman et al eds. Sôfer Mahîr: Essays in Honour of Adrian Schenker Offered by Editors of Biblia Hebraica Quinta (Leiden: Brill, 2006).

In addition to serving on the faculty at JTS, where he was chair of the Bible Department for thirteen years (1989–2002), Dr. Marcus has taught at Columbia University, at Hebrew Union College, Union Theological Seminary, and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, He received his PhD from Columbia University in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures. Dr. Marcus's book is available at www.scholarly-bibles.com/en/?product_show=90, where a more detailed description may be found.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule an interview with Dr. Marcus, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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