- 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
- Dead Sea Scrolls
- Post-Biblical Judaism
- Medieval Hebrew manuscripts
A BRIEF VIDEO ABOUT MY WORK
(about four minutes)
- Introduction to the Bible I
- Introduction to the Bible II
- Introduction to Ancient Judaism
- Jewish History (Ancient and Medieval)
- Women in the Bible
- Readings in Biblical Hebrew Prose
- Readings in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
- The Dead Sea Scrolls
- Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts, from Parchment to the Internet
- Ancient Egypt
- How Do We Know This (Honors College Interdisciplinary Seminar)
- The Redaction of Genesis (Winona Lake, Ind.: 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 (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 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, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1987).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 2 (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1990).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 3 (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1992).
- Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 4 (Winona Lake, Ind.: 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
https://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.
http://johannes-obadiah.org/ – co-developed with Peter Shamah (with the assistance of Jacob Binstein), launched August 2018, presents the documents (all from the Cairo Geniza) relating to the life of Johannes of Oppido = Obadiah the Proselyte, Catholic monk who converted to Judaism in 1102 C.E.
- "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
- "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.
- "Chiasmus in the Book of Genesis," at the "Chiasmus Jubilee Conference," Brigham Young University, August 16, 2017. My apologies for the unevenness of the PowerPoint images projected on the screen. They were all perfect in my version, but somehow did not transfer well on the podium computer. Among other issues, note that the prime symbol does not appear, but rather displays as an empty little box. For a pdf version of the PowerPoint, click pdf here . For the handout, click pdf here .
- “Goodly Treasures New and Old: A Lecture on the Song of Songs,” held at the Library of Congress, October 30, 2017. For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click pdf here . For the handout, a translation of the Song of Songs (produced jointly by Scott Noegel and myself, and included in our co-authored book, Solomon’s Vineyard), click pdf here . For a transcription of the lecture, click here.
- "Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts, from Parchment to Internet," Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University, December 4, 2017. This lecture was not recorded, but a number of people asked me to make the PowerPoint available at my website, which I do so pdf here , in pdf format. Once you have downloaded the pdf file, in theory, you should be able to click on the embedded links, in order to access the various websites which include descriptions and digital images of the manuscripts (Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Ben Sira, Mishna, Talmudim, Targumim, Maimonides, etc.) presented during the lecture. In practice, however, I note that some links do not work in such fashion, so that you will need to copy-and-paste the link into the browser.
- “From the Depths of Antiquity: An Ancient Torah Scroll Sheet from the Book of Exodus Newly Acquired by the Library of Congress,” lecture at the Library of Congress, May 23, 2018. For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click pdf here . For a transcription of the lecture, click here.
- “The Book of Genesis as a Product of the United Monarchy,” delivered at Lanier Theological Library (Houston), September 14, 2018. My lecture was part of a larger seminar, “Recent Evidence for Israel's United Kingdom,” with seven speakers on the panel. The entire program is available here.
- “Jews in Medieval England,” presented at Congregation Oheb Shalom, South Orange, N.J., February 2018. For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click
- “Jews in Arabia,” presented at Congregation Oheb Shalom, South Orange, N.J., January 2019. For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click
ISRAEL BIBLE CENTER INTERVIEW
For a long interview, lasting 1 hour and 40 mins., conducted by Isaiah Gruber of the Israel Bible Center, discussing the full range of my teaching, research, and publications, conducted on November 4, 2018, follow the links below.
A description and preview of the interview may be found here:
For more on the Israel Bible Center, its faculty, its programs, its academic partnerships, and more, go to: https://israelbiblecenter.com/.
The eight individual links range from 5:35 (the shortest) to 16:53 (the longest):
- Interview Part 1
- Interview Part 2
- Interview Part 3
- Interview Part 4
- Interview Part 5
- Interview Part 6
- Interview Part 7
- Interview Part 8
Many thanks to Isaiah Gruber for his initiative and for conducting the interview, and to the Israel Bible Center for permission to post the interview at my website.
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
- Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts on the Internet
- The World's Oldest Torah Scrolls
- TheTorah.com: Leviticus as a Literary Tabernacle
- 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
- TheTorah.com: The Joseph Story: Ancient Literary Art at Its Best
- 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 (for the full essay, you will need to log in to the BAS website)
- Unlikely Heroes: Women as Israel (for the full essay, you will need to log in to the BAS website)
- Beasts or Bugs?:Solving the Problem of the Fourth Plague (for the full essay, you will need to log in to the BAS website)
- 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
For an article on The Great Courses, which appeared in The New York Times in March 2015, click here.
INTERVIEW WITH CYRUS H. GORDON (1908-2001), conducted in 1998
During academic year 1997-1998, I had the privilege of serving as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (CAJS) at the University of Pennsylvania. The theme for the year was “Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion,” with about twenty scholars in the interrelated fields of biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, and archaeology of the Land of Israel gathered in Philadelphia for fruitful discussion.
See the volume Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion, edited by Gary Beckman and Theodore J. Lewis (Brown Judaic Studies 346; Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2006), which emerged from that academic year and from the conference held in April 1998.
In light of Cyrus Gordon’s long and enduring relationship with both Dropsie College (the forerunner of CAJS) and the University of Pennsylvania, I proposed to the Center to invite the grand master to Philadelphia for several days, where he could participate in a seminar, see the new facility, and sit for a two-hour interview. The Center leadership endorsed the proposal, and thus it was that Professor Gordon visited the Center in February 1998.
A little additional background: Cyrus Gordon was born in Philadelphia in 1908, grew up in the city, and received his primary, secondary, and university education there. Gordon earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1930), under the tutelage of Professor James Montgomery. All the while, he took courses at Dropsie College with Professor Max Margolis; and then Gordon returned to Dropsie to serve as Professor of Assyriology and Egyptology during the years 1946-1956. He described all of this in his engaging memoir, A Scholar’s Odyssey (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2000), which won the National Jewish Book Award for that year. Also of interest is his book The Pennsylvania Tradition of Semitics (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1986).
On February 3, 1998, as Professor Gordon approached his 90th birthday, I conducted the interview with him, with all the CAJS fellows and several invited guests present in the room. It is my honor now to make this interview available to a larger audience via YouTube.
A transcription of the complete two-hour interview, created by Peter Shamah, with light annotations by Peter and myself, is available pdf here . The pdf file includes an Index of Persons Named and an Index of Places Named, and it is fully searchable.