Gary A. Rendsburg (bio)
Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History
- The literature of the Bible
- The history of ancient Israel
- The historical development of the Hebrew language
- The relationship between ancient Egypt and ancient Israel
A BRIEF VIDEO ABOUT MY WORK
- Introduction to the Bible
- Introduction to Ancient Judaism
- Jewish Society and Culture I
- Women in the Bible
- Readings in Biblical Hebrew Prose
- Readings in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
- The Dead Sea Scrolls
- The Redaction of Genesis (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1986) (reprinted, with a new Foreword, 2014).
- Diglossia in Ancient Hebrew (American Oriental Series 72; New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1990).
- Linguistic Evidence for the Northern Origin of Selected Psalms (Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series 43; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990).
- The Bible and the Ancient Near East, co-authored with Cyrus H. Gordon (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997).
- Israelian Hebrew in the Book of Kings (Occasional Publications of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Program of Jewish Studies, Cornell University 5; Bethesda, MD: CDL Press, 2002).
- Solomon’s Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs, co-authored with Scott B. Noegel (SBL Ancient Israel and Its Literature; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 / Leiden: Brill, 2009).
See book description
- How the Bible Is Written (Bethesda, Md.: CDL Press, forthcoming).
- Co-Editor, The Bible World: Essays in Honor of Cyrus H. Gordon (New York: Ktav, 1980).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 1 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1987).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 2 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1990).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 3 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1992).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 4 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2002).
- Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, 4 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2013)
- Co-Editor, “Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?”: Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives (Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 13; Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2016).
- Co-Editor, Le-maʿan Ziony: Essays in Honor of Ziony Zevit (Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2017).
DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS
www.bensira.org – co-developed with Jacob Binstein, launched December 2013, presents the manuscript tradition of the book of Ben Sira, from Qumran, Masada, and the Cairo Geniza.
http://jts-ms-r1622-1.org/ – co-developed with Joshua Blachorsky (with the assistance of Jacob Binstein), launched May 2015, presents the images and transcriptions of JTS MS R1622.1, one of the most important (albeit incomplete) extant Mishna manuscripts.
- "Unlikely Heroes: Women as Israel," delivered at Brigham Young University, March 7, 2007
- "Light from Egypt on the Exodus Story," delivered at Brigham Young University, March 8, 2007
- "Dead Sea Scrolls at 60, Part One,"
delivered at the Highland Park Conservative Temple (Highland Park, NJ), March 4, 2009
(both audio download and pdf file of the images presented are available)
- "Dead Sea Scrolls at 60, Part Two,"
delivered at the Highland Park Conservative Temple (Highland Park, NJ), March 11, 2009
(both audio download and pdf file of the handout are available)
- "Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts on the Internet," delivered at the University of Birmingham, October 22, 2012
- "Moses the Magician," delivered at the conference "Out of Egypt: Israel's Exodus between Text and Memory, History and Imagination," University of California - San Diego, June 3, 2013 - Click on "Myth and Memory" -- see the third lecture there, with links for the video, handout and the images
- "Septuagint, Synagogue and Symbiosis: The Jews of Hellenistic Egypt," delivered at Lanier Theological Library (Houston), January 16, 2015
See seminar program for "January 16, 2015 – Historical and Archaeological Evidence for the Jewish Diaspora After 722 B.C." -- my lecture commences at 2:08:50 and continues through 2:39:40.
See the pdf pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation .
Or one can access my lecture, independently of the others at the seminar, via youtube:
- "The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Texts and their Significance for Early Judaism and Early Christianity," delivered at Colgate University, February 18, 2015
pdf See the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation .
- "The Psalms as Hymns in the Temple of Jerusalem: At Passover and throughout the Year," delivered on consecutive days at Brigham Young University and Utah State University, March 30-31, 2015, in conjunction with the colloquium on "Passion and Passover: Jesus and the Temple."
- “Sacred Space in Judaism after the Temple,” at the conference entitled “Sacred Space, Sacred Thread,” University of Southern California, November 2016 – my presentation comprises the first 25 minutes of this YouTube video.
“The Future of American Jewish Bible Translation,” my 30-minute contribution to the panel discussion included in the one-day symposium, sponsored by the Jewish Publication Society of America, and held at the National Museum of American Jewish History, on April 30, 2017. This is an audio file only, with a few images. pdf The pdf file of the handout, which will help you follow along.
Friends of ASOR Podcast: Gary Rendsburg, “Best of Times, Worst of Times”
posted April 25, 2014
Listen to ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe, talk with Prof. Gary Rendsburg (Rutgers University), about the state of biblical archaeology and the study of the humanities.
LINKS TO ONLINE ARTICLES
- TheTorah.com: Ancient Egypt: An Overview of its History
- TheTorah.com: The Pharaoh of the Exodus: Rameses III
- TheTorah.com: YHWH‘s War Against the Egyptian Sun-God Ra
- TheTorah.com: Reading the Plagues in their Ancient Egyptian Context
- Leqet Israel (Parashat Shemini): "The Vegetarian Ideal in the Bible"
- Down with History, Up with Reading: The Current State of Biblical Studies
- Confused Language as a Deliberate Literary Device in Biblical Hebrew Narrative
- Reading David in Genesis
- Unlikely Heroes: Women as Israel
- Beasts or Bugs?:Solving the Problem of the Fourth Plague
- Cyrus H. Gordon, the First American-Born, American-Trained Jewish Bible Scholar to Accede to a University Position
- The Genesis of the Bible
- Biblical Literature as Politics: The Case of Genesis
JEWISH STUDIES ONLINE
I invite you to register for the course, which is free, by following this link. I hope that you find the course to be informative and enlightening, and I encourage you to participate with other course registrants via the discussion board that accompanies the program.
THE GREAT COURSES
Both courses consist of a series of 24 lectures, and are available in either video (DVD) or audio (CD or download) format.
The Great Courses: Book of Genesis
The Great Courses: Dead Sea Scrolls