Bernard M. Levinson
University of Minnesota

Prof. Bernard M. Levinson holds the Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at the University of Minnesota, with an affiliated appointment to the Law School. He holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His research focuses on biblical and cuneiform law, intertextuality, and the Bible’s relation to Western intellectual history. Levinson is the author of Deuteronomy and the Hermeneutics of Legal Innovation (1997); “The Right Chorale”: Studies in Biblical Law and Interpretation (2008); Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel (2009); and A More Perfect Torah: At the Intersection of Philology and Hermeneutics in Deuteronomy and the Temple Scroll (2013). The interdisciplinary significance of his work has been recognized with appointments to the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies, the National Humanities Center, and the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies. He is an elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research. He will spend academic year academic year 2021–2022 as a Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and as Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summer 2022). For more see

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July 6, 2021

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