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The Gustav A. and Mamie W. Efroymson
Memorial Lectures

The Biblical World and Its Impact:
Precept and Praxis

A Symposium Honoring
Professor Samuel Greengus

Sunday April 10, 2011
9:00 AM
Mayerson Hall Auditorium, HUC-JIR
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Please RSVP to Sarah Strouse, or 513-487-3230
Indicating attendance for Sessions I, II, III, IV, Lunch or Reception
9:00 AM - Welcome
Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson, I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of
Jewish Religious Thought; President

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

9:15-10:45 AM - Session I
Dr. Nili S. Fox, Professor of Bible, Director
School of Graduate Studies, HUC-JIR, Presiding
Dr. Stephen J. Andrews
Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew and Archaeology
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Law, Economy, Academia, and Divination in Bronze Age Canaan:
The Value of the Cuneiform Tablets Discovered at Tel Hazor

Dr. John H. Walton
Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
Demons in the Ancient Near East, Israel, and the Bible:
Exploring the Category of Non-Divine but Supernatural Entities

Dr. Jeffrey L. Cooley
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Boston College
Gilgamesh and Gilgamos for Greengus:
Are Ancient Near Eastern Heroes in the Jewish Book of Giants?
10:45-11:00 AM - Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 PM - Session II
Rabbi Dr. David Weisberg, Professor of Bible & Semitic Languages
HUC-JIR, Presiding
Rev. Dr. Bill T. Arnold
Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
Asbury Theological Seminary
The Holiness Redaction of the Flood Narrative (Genesis 6:9-9:29):
Unifying Two Independent Traditions

Rev. Dr. Bryan E. Beyer
Professor of Bible, Hebrew, and Old Testament
Columbia International University
Isaiah 47 (a Taunt Against Babylon) and Isaiah 54 (Israel’s Future Hope):
An Investigation into a Case of Intertextuality

Dr. Rodney E. Cloud
Dean, Turner School of Theology
Amridge University
On the Trail of the Elusive Word ‘Na`ar’:
Is It a Term for ‘Youth’ or ‘Servant’ or Does It Define a Position and Status?
  12:30-1:30 PM - Boxed Lunch

1:30-3:00 PM - Session III
Dr. Adam Kamesar, Professor of Judaeo-Hellenistic Literature
HUC-JIR, Presiding
Dr. Ronald A. Veenker
Professor Emeritus of Hebrew, Old Testament, Ancient Near Eastern
Literature and Assyriology, Western Kentucky University
When Gods Lie: Themes from the Biblical Garden of Eden,
the Akkadian Story of Adapa, and the Hurrian Song of Ullikummi

Dr. Angela Roskop
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology, Xavier University
Let Yahweh Decide but I Will Persuade:
Rhetorical Use of the Wilderness Narratives in Judges 11

Dr. Steven M. Voth
Translation Coordinator for the Americas
United Bible Societies
Towards an Ethic of Liberation for Bible Translation:

Reevaluating the Role of Ideology and Marketing
3:00-3:15 PM - Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 PM - Session IV
Rabbi Dr. Barry Kogan, Clarence and Robert Efroymson
Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Religious Thought

HUC-JIR, Presiding
Dr. David J. Gilner
Director of Libraries, HUC-JIR
Women, Inheritance, Land, and Lineage in Biblical Israel

Dr. Brian Webster
Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies
Dallas Theological Seminary
The Perfect Verb and the Perfect Woman in the Book of Proverbs

Rabbi Barton G. Lee, D.H.L., Hillel Arizona State University
Rabbi Joshua Briskin’s Handbook on ‘Derekh Eretz’:
A Model Approach for Busy Jews
4:45-5:00 PM - Response and Concluding Remarks
Dr. Samuel Greengus
Julian Morgenstern Emeritus Professor of
Bible and Near Eastern Literature, HUC-JIR

5:00-7:00 PM - Reception
Dr. Samuel Greengus has had a long career of service to the College-Institute as the Julian Morgenstern Professor of Bible and Near Eastern Literature and as Professor of Semitic Languages (1963-2010). He served as Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati (1979-1984), Director of the School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati (1985-1990; 2007-2010), Dean of Faculty for HUC-JIR (1987-1996), HUC-JIR Vice-President of Academic Affairs (1990-1996), and Faculty Chair of the Graduate Executive Committee, charged with the oversight of the School of Graduate Studies (1997-2007). He has served as mentor for over fifty doctoral students during the course of his career.
The Gustav A. and Mamie W. Efroymson Memorial Lectures were founded in 1946 by brothers Clarence W. and Robert A. Efroymson in memory of their parents. Since the inaugural lecture in 1975, the Efroymson Lectures have brought many fine scholars to the Cincinnati campus, and have resulted in significant publications. Distinguished lecturers have included William Beardslee, Jack Bemporad, Peter Bertocci, Morton Enslin, Deane W. Ferm, Frederick Ferre, Edward C. Hobbs, A. Leland Jamison, Gordon D. Kaufman, Bernard Martin, Levi Olan, Harold M. Schulweis, Lou Silberman, Anthony Yu, Haim Gevaryahu, Arnaldo Momigliano, Lewis Feuer, David Savan, Robert Seltzer, Eva Frojmovic, Steven E. Aschheim, Ruth Kartun-Blum, Bernard Lewis, Peter Gay, Louis Jacobs, Meir Sternberg, George Mosse, Raul Hilberg, Saul Friedlander, Jeffrey Stout, Michael L. Morgan, and Noah Efron.
Many thanks to the Klau Library, Cincinnati for providing artwork from HUC Ms 444. First Cincinnati Haggadah.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Please RSVP to Sarah Strouse, or 513-487-3230
Indicating attendance for Sessions I, II, III, IV, Lunch or Reception