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"Manasseh Sawed Isaiah with a Saw of Wood"

An Ancient Legend in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Persian Sources

Samuel and Lillian Solotkin Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies by

Professor Richard Kalmin, Theodore R. Racoosin Chair of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Thursday, November 29, 2012
5 p.m.
Oak Room, IMU

Dr. Richard Kalmin, an expert on the interpretation of Jewish stories, ancient history, and the development of rabbinic literature, holds the Theodore R. Racoosin Chair of Rabbinic Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the interpretation of rabbinic stories, ancient Jewish history, and the development of rabbinic literature, and has lectured on these topics throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States.

Dr. Kalmin's award-winning book, Jewish Babylonia Between Persia and Roman Palestine, was published in 2006 by Oxford University Press. The book was recently honored by the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Committee of the Association of Jewish Studies as a 2009 Notable Selection in the category of Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Archaeology.

He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Hebrew Union College, and Union Theological Seminary, and a faculty fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University. In 2011, Dr. Kalmin was a faculty fellow and a visiting professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan.

Previous Solotkin lecturerers include Rabbi Dow Marmur, Professor Noah Lucas, filmmakers Yoel Kaminsky & Ilan Avisar, Professor Arnold Eisen, Professor Jeffrey Wolin, archeologist Zvi Lederman, Professor Jeffrey Veidlinger, author Melissa Mueller, Professor Robert Jan van Pelt, Rabbi David Dalin, USHMM Staff Director Jerry Fowler, award-winning photographer Zion Ozeri, and Professor Barbara Kirsenblatt-Gimblett.

This lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact the Borns Jewish Studies Program at 812.855.0453 or