“Competing Images of Moses” to be

topic of lecture on March 6

Event is free and open to the



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


of the religion

department at 802-443-2547.

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