Duke Welcomes Marc Brettler to Jewish Studies Faculty!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Duke Center for Jewish Studies is incredibly pleased to welcome Marc Brettler to the faculty in Jewish Studies in fall 2015.  Professor Brettler will take over the Bernice and Morton Lerner Chair of Judaic Studies from Professor Eric Meyers who will be retiring at the end of the summer.  He will hold an appointment in the Department of Religious Studies, and will be teaching two courses in the fall. 

Brettler is currently the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and was the former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Professor Brettler's reputation as an internationally recognized scholar of Hebrew Bible makes is only bested by his reputation in the classroom.  Undergraduate and graduate students alike talk about their enthusiasm for his teaching, for which he has been awarded the Michael L. Walzer Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brandeis University.

Brettler's research has been centered in several areas: the use of religious metaphors in the Hebrew Bible (God is King: Understanding an Israelite Metaphor, 1989), the nature of biblical historical texts as "literary" texts (The Creation of History in Ancient Israel,”1995; The Book of Judges, 2002), and in gender and the Bible. He was a co-editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament  (2011) and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (2001, revised 2010), co-author of The Bible and the Believer (2012), author of Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Hebrew (2002) and co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible (2004), which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award. His book How to Read the Bible was published by the Jewish Publication Society in fall 2005, and in paperback as How to Read the Jewish Bible” by Oxford University Press in 2007.

We look forward to welcoming him to Duke in the fall!