Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxfrod. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Dr. Goodman's research interests include the history of the Jews in the Roman empire and the history of Judaism since antiquity. He has written numberous books, including the Ruling Class of Judaea (1987); Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations (2007); The Roman World 44 BC-AD 180 (2nd ed. 2012); Judaism in the Roman World: Collected Studies (2007); and Toleration within Judaism (2013). His current projects include the reception history of Josephus, Jewish War and attitutes to variety within Judaism at different periods in Jewish history.
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The Edward A. Block Lecture Series, which has brought distinguished national and international speakers to the Bloomington campus since 1985, is made possible by a grant to the Borns Jewish Studies Program by the late Edward A. Block of Indianapolis.
Previous Block lecturerers include David Biale, Anita Shapira, Yael Zerubavel, Hasia Dina, Dan Miron, Debra Lipstadt, Steven Zipperstein, Lawrence Schiffman, Shaye Cohen, Ezra Mendelsohn, Shulamit Volkov, Michael Walzer, Emil Fackenheim, Robert Alter, Robert Wistrich, Dan Segre, Zvi Gitelman, Arthur Green, Simon Schama, Saul Friedländer, Primo Levi