The Tent, the Field, and the Battlefield: Upheavals in the Roles and Fortunes of Biblical Women

The Tent, the Field, and the Battlefield: Upheavals in the Roles and Fortunes of Biblical Women 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:30pm

Bronfman Center

A Lecture by Visiting Scholar Judy Klitsner, Senior Faculty Member at Pardes in Jerusalem

Hosted by the Orthodox Women's Leadership Initiative, the Indie Minyan, and Hillel NYU

What do the infertile, tent-dwelling mothers of Genesis have in common with the military and spiritual leaders of the book of Judges? By reading several women-centered stories in light of one another, we will uncover the Bible's complex—and often surprising--portrayal of unfolding feminine potential.

Judy Klitsner has been teaching Bible and biblical exegesis at Pardes for more than two decades. A disciple of the renowned Torah teacher Nehama Leibowitz, Judy has trained a generation of students in her distinctive method, which weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship, and original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the biblical text. Many of her students, now teachers and heads of Jewish studies programs in the US, Israel, and the UK, replicate her methods in their own classrooms. Judy is a frequent international lecturer, and addresses diverse and varied audiences that span the denominational spectrum. She is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, originally published by the Jewish Publication Society; paperback recently released by Koren Publishers. The book was awarded the 2009 Jewish Book Award. More at www.JudyKlitsner.com.