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The Jewish Studies Program

The Jewish Studies Program

The Jewish Studies Program supports regular course offerings in the literature and history of Second Temple Judaism, contributes to educational opportunities in the local community, and fosters interfaith dialogue rooted in a better understanding of Judaism and Christianity.

Spring 2021 Cristol Lecture

Gates of Chai

Each fall, the Jewish Studies Program hosts the Annual Gates of Chai Lectureship in Contemporary Judaism. The lecture promotes informed, dynamic public dialogue and education on issues of relevance in contemporary Judaism. It is endowed through the generosity of Gates of Chai, Inc., in memory of Larry Kornbleet, and those family members of Stanley and Marcia Kornbleet Kurtz who perished in the Holocaust.

Previous Gates of Chai Speakers

1998 Chaim Potok, Authority and Rebellion: The Writer and the Community 1999 Rabbi Harold Kushner, How Good Do We Have to Be? 2000 Elie Wiesel, The Seduction and Dangers of Fanaticism 2001 Morris Dees, Responding to Hate: Voices of Hope and Tolerance 2002 Susan Estrich, Power, Politics and Social Justice in Contemporary Judaism 2003 Joel Siegel, Being Jewish in America 2004 Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews 2005 Bruce Feiler, Can we All Get Along? Jewish Perspective on Building Bridges Among Religions 2006 Ambassador Dennis Ross, Facilitating Peace in the Middle East 2007 Dr. Susannah Herschel with Rabbi Irwin Kula, Reversing the Gaze: Ideology, Identity and the Bible in the 21st Century 2008 Rabbi Harold Kushner, A Jewish-Christian Perspective on Atheism 2009 Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Human Rights: Are They Universal? 2010 Dr. Carol Meyers, Holy Land Archaeology: Past Meets Present 2011 Amy-Jill Levine, Jesus and Jewish-Christian Relations: Problems and Possibilities 2012 Dr. Burton L. Visotzky, In Abraham’s Tent: Jewish, Christian & Muslim Relations 2013 Judith Clurman and Dr. Bruce L. Ruben, Jewish Identity on Broadway 2014 Dr. Ted Merwin, Dressing for Success: Clothing and Jewish Identity in American Humor 2015 Bishop Brian Farrell and Rabbi David Rosen, Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue 2016 Rabbi Joseph Teluskin, The Sky is Not Falling: God, Love, and Money in Times of Crisis 2017 Dr. Charles Asher Small, Global Antisemitism as a Strategic Threat to the United States 2018 Dr. Jon Levenson, The Binding of Isaac and the Crucifixion of Jesus 2019 Dr. Adele Reinhartz, Jesus: Good Jew or Bad Jew? 2021 Dr. David H. Aaron, Coming to Terms with the Ethics of our Ancestors

Ariel Feldman

Rosalyn and Manny Rosenthal Professor of Jewish Studies


Phone: 817-257-5662


  • Ph.D., University of Haifa, 2008

  • M.A., University of Haifa, 2004

  • B.A., University of Haifa, 2002 

Courses Taught:

  • Beyond Canon: Jewish Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha

  • Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Reading Jewish Aramaic Texts

  • The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • The Bible at Qumran

  • The Former Prophets Retold

  • The Patriarchs In Ancient Jewish Literature

  • Warriors, Prophets, and Sages

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of Biblical Literature

  • Association for Jewish Studies

  • World Union of Jewish Studies

Select Publications:

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Rewriting Samuel and Kings: Texts and Commentary. BZAW 469; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015.

  • with L. Goldman, Scripture and Interpretation: Qumran Texts that Rework the Bible. Edited by D. Dimant. BZAW 449; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014.

  • The Rewritten Joshua Scrolls from Qumran: Texts, Translations, and Commentary. BZAW 438; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013.