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AMA Announcement: Rabbi Professor Joseph Berman

I know, this was announced a few weeks ago but due to a technical issue, it got delayed. It will be Thursday July 22nd on zoom at 1pm Eastern. Zoom link will go up the day of the AMA.

Joshua Berman is a Professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University. He is known for his views on the history of Jewish belief, and on biblical source criticism, arguing that “knowledge of the cultural context of the ancient Near East” is required in understanding the scriptures.Berman earned his A.B. at Princeton University in 1987 and his PhD at Bar-Ilan University in 2002. He is an Orthodox rabbi, and studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion for eight years. Before completing his PhD Berman taught Bible at the Nishmat Midrasha for several years.Berman is a frequent contributor to Mosaic Magazine), a magazine for Jewish ideas, religion, politics, and culture, and has written there on a variety of topics including most commonly the Israelite exodus out of Egypt and the current state of biblical studies, where he has drawn both agreement and disagreement from other scholars.

He is the author of several books

  • Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought, Oxford University Press
  • Narrative Analogy in the Hebrew Bible: Battle Stories and their Equivalent Non-battle Narratives, Brill
  • Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism (2017) Oxford University Press
  • Ani Maamin: Biblical Criticism, Historical Truth, and the Thirteen Principles of Faith, 2020

Feel free to ask questions here in advance so I can ask them for you.

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