February 23, 2001

"Competing Images of Moses" to be topic of lecture on March 6

Event is free and open to the public

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Stephen Garfinkel, dean of the graduate school and of academic affairs at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, will give a lecture titled "Competing Images of Moses in Judaism, Christianity and Islam" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Larry Yarbrough and Walid Saleh of the Middlebury College religion department. The event will take place in the Robert A. Jones ’59 House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125).

Garfinkel will argue that Israel’s fate in the Pentateuch―the first five books of the Old Testament―parallels Moses’ life. He will also discuss the perception of Moses as a divine figure by some segments of ancient Israel.

Garfinkel has been a visiting faculty member at Yale University and adjunct faculty at Hunter College. For many years, he served as educational coordinator for United Synagogue Youth, where he wrote and/or edited more than 15 books for informal Jewish educational use. His scholarly publications have appeared in journals, including Vetus Testamentum, Conservative Judaism, and the Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society. He is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies, Columbia University Hebrew Biblical Seminar, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

For more information, contact Carol Bakhos of the religion department at 802-443-2547.

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