Conference on “Torah from Heaven” (18-22 June)

The Herzl Institute is delighted to announce a conference on the topic:

What Does ‘Torah From Heaven’ Mean?

This conference will seek to elucidate the traditional Jewish theology of torah from heaven in response to recent challenges. We hope to address questions such as: What can the idea that the torah is from heaven teach us about the relationship between God’s instruction and the world of human experience? About the place of the prophet as a bearer of God’s word, bringing instruction to other human beings? About the normative character of a reality that not only “is” but also commands? About the significance of tradition and its relationship with other means of exploring God’s will such as human reasoning?

Registration now open: bibleandphilosophy.org/conference-2017

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William J. Abraham
William J. Abraham is Outler Professor of Wesley Studies and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology. Originally from Ireland, he did his graduate work at Oxford and works across the spectrum of historical, philosophical, and systematic theology in the Christian tradition.
Joshua Amaru
Joshua Amaru teaches at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi in Jerusalem. He is one of the scholars overseeing the translation of the Talmud in its new format for the Koren/Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli. He is presently editing a new translation of the Tanakh for the English edition of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s commentary. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from...
Shawn Zelig Aster
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar Ilan University
Richard Briggs
Richard S. Briggs is a Lecturer in Old Testament and Director of Biblical Studies, Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham, UK. Dr. Briggs completed a first degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford before turning to Theology. He studied at the London School of Theology and then completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham...
Jonathan Burnside
Jonathan Burnside is Professor of Biblical Law at the Law School, University of Bristol, England. He is Research Director at the Law School where he teaches Jewish Law, among other subjects. He has degrees in Law and Criminology, both from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Liverpool. He...
Shalom Carmy
Shalom Carmy teaches Jewish Studies and Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He is Editor of Tradition, where he publishes an extended essay. He is a regular contributor to First Things, where he writes a monthly column. His writings focus on Biblical theology, modern Jewish thought, the interface of religion and the liberal arts and religious perspectives...
C. John (“Jack”) Collins
C. John (“Jack”) Collins, SB, SM, MDiv, PhD is Professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. With degrees from MIT (SB, SM) and the University of Liverpool (PhD), he has been a research engineer, a pastor, and, since 1993, a teacher. In addition to his early focus on Hebrew and...
James Diamond
A full professor and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo and former director of the university’s Friedberg Genizah Project.  His principle areas of study include biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, medieval Jewish thought and philosophy, Maimonides, and rabbinics. He has published widely on all areas of Jewish thought.  He is the author of Maimonides and the...
Lenn Goodman
Lenn Goodman is Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. His books include Judaism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge, 2017), On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy (Yale University Press, 1991; Littman Library, 2000), God of Abraham (Oxford University Press, 1996, winner of the Gratz Centennial Prize), Judaism,...
Yoram Hazony
Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. His latest book is God and Politics in Esther (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is also author of The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012), among other works. Hazony is Director of the Jewish Philosophical Theology project of the John Templeton Foundation, and a...
Ben Tzion Katz
Ben Katz is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed medical publications as well as studies of Jewish interest related to...
Steven Kepnes
Steven Kepnes is Professor of World Religions and Jewish Studies, and is Director of Chapel House at Colgate University Hamilton, NY. He is also chair of the Religion department at Colgate. Kepnes is a founding member of the Society of Scriptural Reasoning which focuses on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim dialogue based on group readings of...
Heather Ohaneson
Heather C. Ohaneson received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Philosophy of Religion, having earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Barnard College. An enthusiast of the humanities writ large, she is an assistant professor in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. Dr. Ohaneson’s varied research interests include the philosophy of...
Mitchell Rocklin
Mitchell Rocklin of Teaneck is a Resident Research Fellow at The Tikvah Fund. He is also a Chaplain in the New Jersey Army National Guard with the rank of Captain, a Doctoral Candidate in US History at the City University of New York, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of...
H. Norman Strickman
Norman Strickman is Rabbi emeritus of the Marine Park Jewish Center in Brooklyn and is a Professor emeritus of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York City. Dr. Strickman received his B.A. and M.H.L. degrees from Yeshiva University, and his Ph.D. from Dropsie University. Dr. Strickman is the recipient of the Histadrut Ha-Ivrit prize...
Gil Student
Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on Jewish issues featured in newspapers and magazines. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher...
Alex Sztuden
Alex Sztuden has taught philosophy at Fordham University, where he received his M.A and was awarded a distinguished fellowship. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and received his B.A. in Philosophy from Yeshiva University.  He has published...
Jeremiah Unterman
Jeremiah Unterman was Adjunct Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University and Director of the Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools in North America before becoming a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute.  Dr. Unterman is the author of a new book, Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics (Jewish Publication...
Shira Weiss
Shira Weiss teaches Jewish Philosophy, History and Bible at Stern College, Yeshiva University. She is the author of Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2018), as well as several articles. She is a Herzl/Templeton fellow and...
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