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... Read More »

Religion in Israel: It's the Government's Business

Monday, April 6, 2015
Religion in Israel: It’s the Government’s Business by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 3, 2015: Surveys of religious affiliation in the U.S. reveal that more than 25% of American have joined a faith other than the one in which they were raised. And if we factor in movement from one... Read More »

Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Israel's occupation has been transformed in the social media age. Over the last decade, military rule in the Palestinian territories grew more bloody and entrenched. In the same period, Israelis became some of the world's most active social media users. In Israel today, violent politics are... Read More »

Biblical Archaeology Review Reminisces on 40 Years of Archaeology with Eric and Carol Meyers

Monday, February 16, 2015
Biblical Archaeology: Whither and WhenceLooking Back with Eric and Carol Meyers Hershel Shanks   •  02/09/2015 GIANTS AT WORK. Biblical archaeologists Eric and Carol Meyers sit down with BAR’s editor to discuss the past 40 years of archaeology in the land of the Bible. Photo: Robert Sugar. Duke... Read More »

Jewish Voices from the Selma-to-Montgomery March

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This article originally appeared on The Devil's Tale at: by Kate Collins“For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet... Read More »

Avant-garde poetry at Shul?

Monday, January 5, 2015
In this episode of The Jewish Channel's "Up Close," Laura Lieber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and co-director of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, discusses her new book, A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue.

LSD and the Rabbis: Conclusion

Thursday, December 18, 2014
This article originally appeared on Sacred Matters at: This article is Part III in a three part series. Click here for Part I and Part II. By Shalom GoldmanAs a culturally and politically aware New York City... Read More »

“Hallelujah”: Duke Faculty Pay Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Thursday, December 18, 2014
by Bethany Yankie-Bush It is 6:55pm, and a crowd murmurs expectantly in the back hallway of the Langford Building, swelling towards the door to the Alumni Memorial Commons Room. Guests in shawls and colored chinos pour dark wine into plastic cups as the chords to “Sisters of Mercy”... Read More »

The Vision of 6th Century Chanukah in Zechariah

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The Vision of 6th Century Chanukah in ZechariahThe Significance of the Rabbinic Choice of Haftarah for Shabbat ChanukahThis article originally appeared on at: ttp:// Professor Eric MeyersIntroduction: Why Write about the... Read More »

Carol Meyers presented with 2014 P. E. Macalister Field Archaeology Award

Monday, December 1, 2014
Carol Meyers was presented with the 2014 P. E. Macalister Field Archaeology Award, which honors an archaeologist who, during his/her career, has made outstanding contributions to ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean archaeology. The award was presented in San Diego on November 20 at a session of... Read More »