Renowned Hebrew Scholar to Speak Oct. 19

Internationally noted scholar and author Jacob Neusner will present the 2009 Schusterman Lectures in Religious History and Tradition at Oklahoma Baptist University on Monday, Oct. 19. Dr. Neusner, distinguished service professor of the history and theology of Judaism at Bard College, will present two lectures. "What Do Intersecting Parables Teach about the Context of Scripture? and Comparing Gospels and Rabbinic Writings: An Aggadic Instance" will be delivered at 10 a.m. The second lecture, "Comparing Gospels and Rabbinic Writings: A Halakhic Instance," will be given at 7 p.m. Both lectures will be in OBU's Geiger Center, rooms 218-220. The public is invited to attend. Neusner has published more than 1,000 books and numerous articles. He is recognized as the most published humanities scholar in the world. In addition to his faculty role at Bard, Neusner is a senior fellow at the Institute of Advanced Theology at the college in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England. He was founding chairman of the department of Hebrew studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also has taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University and the University of South Florida. Neusner received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. He received rabbinical ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The annual Schusterman Lectures are intended to foster an understanding and appreciation of Jewish culture and tradition among OBU students and faculty and to cultivate awareness of Jewish contributions to religious, ethical and philosophical studies.

The lectureship was started in 2000 through a grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation of Tulsa, a philanthropic organization that funds programs to enhance Jewish life in the United States, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. Neusner presented the inaugural Schusterman Lecture on the OBU campus in March 2000. Neusner has served as president of the American Academy of Religion and was a member of the founding committee of the Association for Jewish Studies. He founded the European Association of Jewish Studies in 1980. He also served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, by appointment of President Carter, and as a member of the National Council on the Arts, by appointment of President Reagan. He has received nine honorary degrees, including seven honorary doctorates. He holds 14 academic medals and prizes, including the Abraham Berliner Prize in Jewish History of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.