JTS Bible Scholar to Speak at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
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November 19, 2009, New York, NY

A KalmanofskyDr. Amy Kalmanofsky, assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss “Family Matters: The Real and the Ideal Family in the Book of Genesis” at 7:00 p.m. on December 7 at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (at Central Park West).

Dr. Kalmanofsky’s lecture, part of the synagogue’s “5 Scholars on the 5 Books" lecture series, will focus on what is known about families in ancient Israel compared to the representation of the family in the book of Genesis. She will also consider why the Torah records the stories of a seemingly flawed family.

Combining her love of the Bible with her fascination for horror movies, Dr. Kalmanofsky’s research applies horror theory to biblical texts and examines the ways the Bible is designed to terrify its audience. Her book Terror All Around: The Rhetoric of Horror in the Book of Jeremiah (T&T Clark/Continuum) was published in 2008. She is currently working on a book entitled Sister to Sister: The Literary Representation of Sisters in the Hebrew Bible.

Dr. Kalmanofsky is also deeply committed to ongoing interpretation and the application of gender theory to the Bible. She contributed three articles to the Women’s Torah Commentary (URJ Press, 2007), and another article, “Their Heart Cried Out to God: Gender and Prayer in the Book of Lamentations,” appears in the volume A Question of Sex: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007). Dr. Kalmanofsky chaired For There Is Hope: Gender and the Hebrew Bible, an interfaith conference in memory of Bible scholar Dr. Tikva Frymer-Kensky, which was held at JTS.

Refreshments will follow the lecture, which is open to the community at no charge. Please RSVP to response@swfs.org or (212) 877–4050, x223. Information about JTS is available by visiting www.jtsa.edu.