Speakers Bureau

Name: Stephen Garfinkel
Title: Associate Provost and Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Academic Area: Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation

Stephen Garfinkel is associate provost and an assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a visiting professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, and served previously as a visiting faculty member at Yale University and at Hunter College.

Dr. Garfinkel's scholarly publications have appeared in a variety of journals, including Vetus Testamentum, Conservative Judaism, and the Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society. He has published several recent encyclopedia entries: "Conservative Jewish Bible Interpretation," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2013); "Burning Bush (II. Judaism" in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 4 (Walter de Gruyter, 2012); and "Ecclesiastes," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2011). Previous publications include "Clearing Peshat and Derash" (in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of Its Interpretation, edited by Magne Sæbø); "Moses: Man of Israel, Man of God" (in Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, edited by David Lieber); "The Man Moses, the Leader Moses" (in Jewish Religious Leadership: Image and Reality, edited by Jack Wertheimer); and "Qoheleth: The Philosopher Means Business" (in Bringing the Hidden to Light: Studies in Honor of Stephen A. Geller, edited by Kathryn Kravitz and Diane Sharon).

Dr. Garfinkel received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's degree and rabbinic ordination from JTS. He later received a second master's degree and the degrees of MPhil and PhD in Middle East Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He was also awarded a DHL, honoris causa, from JTS.


"How True Is the Torah?"
"How to Read the Bible and How Not To"
"Moses and God: Face to Face"
"Biblical Prophecy: Why It Began and Why It Ended"
"Qohelet [Ecclesiastes]: Pessimist or Optimist?"
"A Convincing Prophet: The Persuasive Techniques of Amos"

The Conservative Movement and Study of Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible)
Classical Jewish Texts
Modes of Biblical Interpretation

Contact this speaker at stgarfinkel@jtsa.edu