Master Bible scholar and teacher Prof. Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more about the culture that produced it. Join us on Tuesday September 14th, 2021 as Prof. Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the biblical text and demonstrates how modern critical scholarship and archaeological discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature.
Marc Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. The Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, he has also taught at Yale University, Brown University, Wellesley College and Middlebury College. A graduate of Brandeis University, he has published and lectured widely on metaphor and the Bible, the nature of biblical historical texts, and gender issues and the Bible. He is co-editor of the Jewish Study Bible, first published by Oxford University Press in 2004, winner of a National Jewish Book Award. He has also written How to Read the Bible, co-authored The Bible and the Believer, and co-edited The Jewish Annotated New Testament, which he presented to Pope Francis in Rome in March 2019. He has written for The Forward and The Jerusalem Report, has appeared on the Television series "Mysteries of the Bible," was heard on the National Public Radio show "All Things Considered," and was interviewed on "Fresh Air" by Terry Gross. His most recent book is The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently, co-authord with Amy Jill Levine.