Lecture - Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic - The Book of Daniel and the Nature of Biblical Truth

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Lecture by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic "The Book of Daniel and the Nature of Biblical Truth" Given 7pm - 9pm on Saturday January 17, 2015 at The Lanier Theological Library Chapel in Houston, Texas. It is part of the Lanier Library Lecture Series. A series devoted to bringing world class lectures to benefit the community of all those who might be interested. I am indebted to the generosity of the library to allow me to share these videos of theirs. Please support them by visiting their website for more information and resources: The Book of Daniel has been a major battleground between believers and non-believers for two thousand years. By studying the ancient debate over the prophetic and historical nature of one chapter in Daniel, we may understand the issues that are at the very heart of the impasse. Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic is a scholar and an author who has been the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden, Connecticut since 1983. bio info: Rabbi Benjamin Edidin Scolnic is an author who has been the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden, Connecticut, since 1983. Rabbi Scolnic served for seven years as Instructor and then Assistant Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He has taught at Yale University and the University of Connecticut as a Lecturer. He has also been a Special Educational Consultant to the Melton Research Center. Dr. Scolnic was the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow in 1997-98 at Harvard University. He is the recipient of other fellowships and awards, including the Rabbi Jacob Agus Prize, presented to "the pulpit rabbi who best exemplifies the ideal of the rabbi-scholar." He was on the team of scholars and rabbis who wrote Etz Hayyim, the commentary for the new Humash now used in conservative synagogues. Dr. Scolnic attended the Joint Program of Columbia University and the Teacher's Institute of Jewish Theological Seminary. He graduated from both programs in 1975, finishing Columbia Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude and with Honors in English. He also received an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia in 1977 and his Ph.D. from Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Scolnic was ordained in 1979 and served as Assistant Rabbi and Acting Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Englewood, N. J. for three years, until he left for a year in Israel on a fellowship. He is the Biblical Consultant for the Northwest Sinai Archaeological Expedition, investigating the route of the Exodus in the Sinai Desert. He was the Editor of Conservative Judaism from 1993-2000. With Dr. James Hoffmeier, he is the co-author/editor of Reclaiming the Exodus (Oxford University Press, 2008), An Archaeological Haggadah (2009) and The Venetian Haggadah (2009). Scolnic is the author of Theme and Context in Biblical Lists (1995), Papponymy and Chronology (1999), Are You Talking to Me? (2001), Shoes for the Road (2003), Alcimus, Enemy of the Maccabees (2004), If the Egyptians Died in the Red Sea, Where are Pharaohʼs Chariots? Exploring the Historical Dimension of the Bible (2005), Unfinished Business (2006), Conservative Judaism and the Faces of Godʼs Words (2006), Thy Brotherʼs Blood: The Maccabees and the Morality of Kinship (2007) and Of Destinies and Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of the Maccabees (forthcoming) and over 70 articles and essays on the Bible, feminism, liturgy, Jewish education, the relationship between religion and the media, and the future of Conservative Judaism.

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