Coming to Terms with the Ethics of our Ancestors

Date(s) - 03/22/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

























The Jewish Studies Program presents the The Twenty-Third Annual Gates of Chai Lectureship in Contemporary Judaism
“Coming to Terms with the Ethics of our Ancestors”
featuring Professor David H. Aaron
Monday, March 22, 2021
7:00 p.m.

David H. Aaron has been Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, since 1998. He is also the Co-Director of Hebrew Union College Press. He earned a doctorate from the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University; he holds Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR (Cincinnati ‘83). Prior to coming to HUC-JIR, Aaron taught Bible and Rabbinic Literature in the Religion Department of Wellesley College (1991-98) and Biblical Studies at Boston’s Hebrew College (1987-91).

Professor Aaron is the author of Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine Imagery (Brill, 2001); Etched in Stone: The Emergence of the Decalogue (T&T Clark, 2006); and Genesis Ideology: Essays on the Uses and Meanings of Stories (Cascade Press, 2017); and Subversive Principles: Toward an Ethics of Reading Mishnah Avot (forthcoming). As a fellow at the Frankel Institute of the University of Michigan, Aaron began work on a large study that blends theories of complexity and pan-computationalism with a philosophy of causality in history: Approaching Daybreak: On Complexity and Historicity. This work should be completed during an upcoming sabbatical (2022).

Aaron’s scholarly articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Harvard Theological Review, Journal of the Academy of Religion, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Approaches to Ancient Judaism, Hebrew Union College Annual, and AJS Review. He is a contributor to the Brill Encyclopedia of Midrash (2005); the Blackwell Companion to Judaism (2004), and the Encyclopedia of the Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2010).

Aaron has also written a play about the French Enlightenment figure, Denis Diderot, Diderot & Talia—The Quest for Eternal Knowledge; an opera libretto, Qohelet & Dragon; and a novel, Translating the Essence of Piety. He hopes these three works will appear in print in late 2021.