JTS Bible Scholar to Discuss “Revelation at Sinai: A Very Old Modern Approach”

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January 27, 2009, Chicago, IL

Dr. Benjamin Sommer, professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “Revelation at Sinai: A Very Old Modern Approach” at a lecture and learn from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23.

The event, which is being sponsored by the Midwest region of JTS, will be held at the law firm of Goldberg Kohn, 55 East Monroe, 33rd Floor, Chicago.

During the discussion, Dr. Sommer will examine the notion of revelation and commandment in Exodus and related texts, and ask contemporary questions about the nature of Torah and status of halakhah (Jewish law).

Prior to joining the JTS faculty in 2008, Dr. Sommer served as director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, where he began teaching in 1994. Dr. Sommer's research focuses on the history of Israelite religion, literary analysis of the Bible, and biblical theology. His first book, A Prophet Reads Scripture: Allusion in Isaiah 40–66, won the American Academy for Jewish Research’s Salo Baron Prize. Dr. Sommer is the editor of the Psalms volumes of the Jewish Publication Society Bible and the Society for Biblical Literature's Studies in Biblical Literature series and serves on the editorial boards of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History and the Journal of Biblical Literature. He has been a visiting faculty member at institutions such as the University of Chicago, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

The cost of the lecture and learn program is $25, which includes a kosher lunch. Seats are limited and reservations, with payment (either by check or credit card) are required by Monday, February 16. For further information and to RSVP, contact Tal Selinger, assistant director, JTS Midwest Region, at (312) 606-9086.

Preceding the “Revelation at Sinai” Lecture and Lunch, Dr. Sommer will serve as the scholar-in-residence at Anshe Emet Synagogue from February 21-22. For more information, or to register, contact Arielle Dachman at adachman@AnsheEmet.org or (773) 868-5152.

Following the “Revelation at Sinai” Lecture and Lunch on Monday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m., Dr. Sommer will speak on “The Bodies of God in Hebrew Scripture: Jewish Tradition and Christianity” at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Avenue. Admission is free. For information, call (773) 371-5432.