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Jacques Berlinerblau


Jacques Berlinerblau holds separate doctorates in ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and in Sociology. He is currently the Visiting Professor of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. He is also director of Jewish Studies and associate Professor of Religion at Hofstra University.

Berlinerblau has published on a wide variety of issues ranging from the composition of the Hebrew Bible, to the sociology of heresy, to modern Jewish intellectuals, to African-American and Jewish-American relations. His articles on these and other subjects have appeared in Biblica, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Semeia, Biblical Interpretation, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, Hebrew Studies, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and History of Religions.

He has published three books, including Heresy in the University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibility of American Intellectuals (Rutgers University Press). His most recent book was released this past September and is entitled The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must take Religion Seriously (Cambridge University Press).

Berlinerblau is currently at work on a collection of interviews with sixteen of the world's most famous biblical scholars which is tentatively titled, Thumping the Bible: Experts in Sacred Scriptures Speak Out on the Use and Abuse of the Bible in Contemporary Politics.


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