Between the Lines: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization Volume 1

Date: Nov 16, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Sponsor: The Library

Location: Online

Category: Book Talks Library Events

An online discussion with editors Jeffrey H. Tigay, Alison L. Joseph, and Deborah Dash Moore

Part of Between the Lines: Author Conversations from The Library of JTS

Tuesday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Join editors Jeffrey H. Tigay, Alison L. Joseph, and Deborah Dash Moore when they talk about their book, The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization Volume 1: Ancient Israel, from Its Beginnings through 332 BCE, which covers a period in history that witnessed the initial development of many phenomena that would come to define Jewish culture and civilization.

This volume is chronologically the first of a monumental anthology of primary sources. It covers the longest time period of any of The Posen Library volumes, reaching back into the second millennium BCE and extending into the fourth century BCE. It covers the development of the Hebrew language and alphabet, Israelite/Jewish law and religion, the books of the Bible, Israel’s ancient cultural innovations, and more.

The volume juxtaposes extrabiblical inscriptions and documents side by side with biblical materials to illuminate the legal, religious, and cultural environment of the Israelites of that time. It draws on archaeological evidence and a rich sampling of visual and material culture to complement the written texts.

Booklist Starred Review writes: “This set will serve to improve teaching and research in Jewish studies at institutions of higher learning and, at the same time, promote, maintain, and improve understanding of the Jewish population and Judaism in general.”

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 Editors

Jeffrey H. Tigay is Emeritus A. M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 1971 to 2010.

Alison L. Joseph is senior editor of The Posen Library of Jewish Civilization and CultureShe brings her academic expertise in Hebrew Bible and ancient Judaism to the management of the ancient volumes of The Posen Library. Drawing from years of university teaching, research, and publication in Jewish Studies, and her own public-facing digital scholarship, Dr. Joseph works on the Posen Digital Library to bring the content of the anthology alive in digital format.

Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She is editor-in-chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.