SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE Professor Benjamin Sommers, Jewish Theological Seminary joins Temple Beth-El for an inspiring Shabbat on December 15-16, 2017, Friday evening at 7pm and Saturday at 9:30am. All welcome!
Benjamin D. Sommer joined The Jewish Theological Seminary faculty as professor of Bible in July 2008. Previously, he served as director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, was a fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Tikvah Center for Jewish Law and Civilization at the New York University School of Law, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Sommer has long been active as a lecturer and scholar-in-residence, teaching rabbis, Jewish educators, and laypeople in a variety of settings in the United States and Israel.
Dr. Sommer’s most recent book, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition (Yale University Press, 2015) was selected as a recommended book in religion by Publishers Weekly, which described it as a “groundbreaking work . . . Clearly written and broad in application . . . an important read for Jewish laypeople, clergy, and scholars . . . [and] also likely to appeal to non-Jews who want to make modern biblical scholarship relevant for believers.”