JTS Expands Learning Opportunities With Noncredit Study for Summer Learners

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

March 31, 2009, New York, NY

For the first time, The Jewish Theological Seminary will open its summer program to the public with conveniently scheduled evening classes taught by two renowned members of JTS's unparalleled faculty.

Narrative Art in the Books of Samuel will be taught by Dr. David Marcus, professor of Bible, from May 26–June 25. Dr. Burton Visotzky, Nathan and Janet Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, will teach Judaism and Christianity in the First Five Centuries, from June 30–July 28. The courses are appropriate for individuals interested in expanding and deepening their Jewish knowledge through serious study.

Dr. Marcus's area of expertise is the Bible and the ancient Near East. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two language manuals, one on Akkadian, the ancient language of Mesopotamia, and the other on the Aramaic of the Babylonian Talmud. His book, Jephthah and His Vow, challenges the widespread opinion that Jephthah put his daughter to death, and his book From Balaam to Jonah: Anti-prophetic Satire in the Hebrew Bible, explores the use of satire in the Hebrew Bible.

Dr. Visotzky's articles and reviews have been published in America, Europe, and Israel. He is the author of nine books and one hundred articles and reviews. His popular volumes include: Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text; The Genesis of Ethics: How the Tormented Family of Genesis Leads Us to Moral Development; The Road to Redemption: Lessons From Exodus on Leadership and Community; and From Mesopotamia to Modernity: Ten Introductions to Jewish History and Literature. In addition, Dr. Visotzky, who is active internationally in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue, recently published his first novel, A Delightful Compendium of Consolation, which is set in eleventh-century North Africa.

Students can enroll in one or both of these noncredit classes at a special rate of $525 per class. Registration can be completed via the Summer Learners application. Further information is available by calling (212) 678-8886 or via email.