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Curriculum Vitae - Yitzhak Berger

 

INSTITUTION: Hunter College
DEPARTMENT:
Classical and Oriental Studies, Hebrew Division

 

HIGHER EDUCATION:

  • 2003             PhD Biblical Studies, Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies,
                         Yeshiva University
  • 1986-1992    BA-MA program in Biblical Studies, Bernard Revel Graduate School for
                         Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University; degrees awarded 1992
  • 1994             Rabbinic Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,
                         Yeshiva University

 

EXPERIENCE:
 

At CUNY:

  • 2010                Associate Professor, Hebrew Division, Department of Classical and
                            Oriental Studies, Hunter College
  • 2009-present   Head of Hebrew Division, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies,
                            Hunter College
  • 2003-2009       Assistant Professor, Hebrew Division, Department of Classical and
                            Oriental Studies, Hunter College
  • 2002-2003       Instructor, Hebrew Division, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies,
                            Hunter College

 

Teaching in other institutions:

  • 1999-present         Part-time Faculty, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education
  • 1996-2003, 2007   Adjunct Bible Faculty, Yeshiva College
  • 2010-2011             Adjunct Bible Faculty, Bernard Revel Graduate
                                  School for Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University 
  • 1994-99                 Jewish Studies Faculty, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School  

 

Other:

  • 1995-1997   Educational Coordinator, Torah Umadda Project, Yeshiva University

 

PUBLICATIONS:
 

Books:

  • Radak on Chronicles: A Translation with Introduction and Supercommentary (Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2007).
  • Co-editor (and co-author of introduction; with David Shatz), Judaism, Science, and Moral Responsibility (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

Articles:

  • "The Commentary of Radak to Chronicles and the Development of His Exegetical Program," Journal of Jewish Studies 37:1 (2006), 80-98.
  • "Peshat and the Authority of Hazal in the Commentaries of Radak," AJS Review 33:1 (2007), 41-59.
  • "The Commentary on Proverbs in Manuscript Vatican Ebr. 89 and the Early Exegesis of Radak," Jewish Studies: An Internet Journal 7 (2008), 205-252 (http://www.biu.ac.il/JS/JSIJ/7-2008/Berger.pdf).
  • "The Contextual Exegesis of Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency and the Climax of the Northern French Peshat Tradition," Jewish Studies Quarterly 15:2 (2008), 115-129.
  • "Conceptions of Biblical Composition and Poetic Structure in the Commentary on Chronicles in Manuscript Munich 5," vol. 1 of Iggud: Selected Essays in Jewish Studies, ed. B.J. Schwartz et al. (Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies, 2008), 3-19.
  • "Ruth and the David-Bathsheba Story: Allusions and Contrasts," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 33:4 (2009), 433-452.
  • "Ruth and Inner-Biblical Allusion: The Case of 1 Samuel 25," Journal of Biblical Literature 128:2 (2009), 253-272.
  • "Esther and Benjaminite Royalty: A Study in Inner-Biblical Allusion" Journal of Biblical Literature 129:4 (2010), 625-644.
  • "On Patterning in the Book of Samuel: 'News of Death' and the Kingship of David" Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35 (2011), 463-481.
  • "Radak on Genesis and the Meaningfulness of the Pentateuchal Text" (Hebrew), To Settle the Plain Meaning of the Verse: Studies in Biblical Exegesis, ed. Sara Japhet and Eran Viezel (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute and Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2011), 180-192.
  • "The David-Benjaminite Conflict and the Intertextual Field of Psalm 7," forthcoming.
  • "Chiasm and Meaning in 1 Chronicles" in preparation.

Brief Encyclopedia Entries (in print or in press):

  • "Ahitophel (Judaism)," "Amnon (Judaism)," "Boaz (Judaism)," "Bozecco, Benjamin b. Judah," "Exodus (Medieval Judaism)," and "Deuteronomy (Medieval Judaism)," Encyclopedia for the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter).

 

ACADEMIC PAPERS:

  • "Chiasm and Meaning in 1 Chronicles," to be presented at the 43rd Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington, D.C. (December 2011).
  • "The David-Benjaminite Conflict and the Intertextual Field of Psalm 7," 42nd Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA (December 2010).
  • "Esther and Benjaminite Kingship: A Study in Allusion," Society of Biblical Literature Eastern Great Lakes Regional Conference, Richfield, OH (April 2010).
  • "On Patterning in Samuel: 'News of Death' and the Kingship of David," Society of Biblical Literature Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, New Brunswick, NJ (March 2010).
  • "Ruth and Davidic Sin-Narratives," 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel (August 2009).
  • "Ruth and Inner-Biblical Allusion: The Case of 1 Samuel 25," 40th Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington, D.C. (December 2008).
  • "From Passion to Compassion: Intertextuality and Plot Expectation in Ruth," Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (November 2007).
  • "Radak as Pentateuchal Commentator," 38th Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, CA (December 2006).
  • "Innovative Exegesis in the Commentary to Chronicles in Manuscript Munich 5," 14th World Congress on Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel (August 2005).
  • "The Integrative Exegesis of Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency and the Climax of the Northern French Peshat Tradition," 36th Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL (December 2004).
  • "The Commentary of Rabbi David Kimhi on Kings," 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2004).
  • "The Commentary of Radak to Chronicles and the Development of His Exegetical Program," 35th Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA (December 2003).

 

MEDIA APPEARANCES:

  • Interviewed on Jewish attitudes toward a Messianic era, AETN/History Channel (November 2008)
  • Interviewed for "The Portion," The Jewish Channel (November 2010)

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND FELLOWSHIPS:

  • Divisional Committee for Bible and Biblical Interpretation, Association for Jewish Studies, 2009-2010


The Book of Chronicles in Medieval Jewish Interpretation:

  • PSC-CUNY Research Fellowship (2006-07)
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship (2006-07)
  • Shuster Fellowship, Hunter College-CUNY (2004-05)


Doctoral Fellowships:

  • National Foundation for Jewish Culture
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
  • Steering Committee of the Orthodox Forum, Yeshiva University

 

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Association for Jewish Studies

 

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