Jewish Interpretation of Deuteronomy’s Command to Annihilate the Canaanites
Professor Jeffrey Tigay
7:30–9:00, September 24, 2015
The faculty in the Old Testament doctoral program are pleased to present a special public lecture by Professor Jeffrey Tigay of the University of Pennsylvania. His lecture, entitled “Jewish Interpretation of Deuteronomy’s Command to Annihilate the Canaanites,” will deal with one of the thorniest problems in the Old Testament—God’s command to Israel to wipe out the Canaanites, examining particularly how Jewish scholars have interpreted this issue over time.
Professor Tigay is A. M. Ellis Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From 1995–1998 he was Chair of the Jewish Studies Program. He retired in 2010 after teaching at Penn for almost four decades.
Students of the Bible know Dr. Tigay best as the foremost modern Jewish scholar on the book of Deuteronomy. His breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm for this book is evident in his magnificent commentary, Deuteronomy, published in the Jewish Publication Society Torah Commentary series (1996). Among many other publications, he is the author of The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982), Empirical Models for Biblical Criticism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985), and You Shall Have No Other Gods. Israelite Religion in the Light of Hebrew Inscriptions (Harvard Semitic Studies/Scholars Press, 1986).
An ordained Rabbi, Jeff owes his dedication to Biblical studies and his love of teaching to his exposure to great teachers who showed him the profundity and uniqueness of Biblical thought, the beauty of Biblical literature, the excitement of research, and how much can be discovered about the Bible with the help of archaeology and ancient languages.
Professor Tigay has been invited as a special guest to present this public lecture in the context of a larger event, “Debating Deuteronomy: A Colloquium on the Torah of Moses,” being held in Harbor House, September 24–26. The Colloquium program involves eleven evangelical scholars from North America and Europe with particular expertise and interest in the book of Deuteronomy. The purpose of the colloquium is to discuss the challenges evangelical scholars face in engaging the methods and results of historical-critical scholarship. The event is not open to the public but is open to Wheaton College BTS Department faculty members, Wheaton Ph.D. students, and others by special invitation.
Professor Tigay’s hour-long lecture will begin at 7:30 in Barrows Auditorium, followed by a half hour of questions and answers.
For more information, contact Paula Anderson (tel. 630-752-5197; email, email@example.com) or Daniel Block (tel. 630-752-5272; email, Daniel.Block@wheaton.edu).