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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-present 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, 2013-2015 Adjunct Bible Faculty, Bernard Revel GraduateSchool for Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University
  • 1994-99 Jewish Studies Faculty, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School
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    Other:

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

     

    PUBLICATIONS:

    Books:

    • Radak on Chronicles: A Translation with Introduction and Supercommentary (Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2007).
    • Jonah in the Shadows of Eden (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2016)
    • 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," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 38 (2014), 279-296.
    • "Chiasm and Meaning in 1 Chronicles," Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 14 (2014), 1-31 .

    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:

    • "Radak on Creation: Maimondeanism and Its Limits," 46th Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD (December 2014).
    • "Interpreting Chronicles: Literary Structure, Theology, and Purpose," 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel (July, 2013).
    • "Allusion, Ambiguity, and Meaning in Jonah," International Conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, New York, NY (June 2013).
    • "Motivation for Comment in Radak's Commentary on the Torah," 44th Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL (December 2012).
    • "Chiasm and Meaning in 1 Chronicles," 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, 2009-2013
    • Board of Directors, Association for Jewish Studies, 2013-present

    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)
    • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship (2013-2014)

    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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