Strangers at the Gates

Date: Feb 14, 2018 - Feb 14, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: The Library

Category: Book Talks Library Events


A Discussion with Author Adriane Leveen

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are indispensable to the formation of a collective Israelite identity. Encounters between the Israelites and their neighbors are among the most urgent matters explored in biblical narratives, yet relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them. This new book from Adriane Leveen, senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, corrects that imbalance by examining the accounts of Israel’s myriad interactions with the surrounding nations.


Admission to the book talk is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive early and have photo ID available.

This event is sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, will serve as moderator.

About the Author

Adriane Leveen is senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Leveen also taught on the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR and at Stanford University. Her new book, Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors: Strangers at the Gate (2017) is published by Routledge Press. Leveen’s book Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers was published by Cambridge University Press (2008). She has published in a number of scholarly journals including Prooftexts, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and the Harvard Theological Review. She is currently at work on the popular reception of the book of Job. Leveen is a proud founding member of Jewish Climate Action Network-NYC.