The Albert T. Bilgray Lectureship Series | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

The Albert T. Bilgray Lectureship Series

The 2021 speaker will be announced soon.

The Albert T. Bilgray Lectureship is a joint project, cosponsored by Temple Emanu-El and The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. It was created in 1985 to honor Albert T. Bilgray, Rabbi Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. In the course of more than a quarter century, Rabbi Bilgray created and helped develop three programs at the University: Hebrew Language and Literature; Religious Studies; and Judaic Studies.

This Lectureship seeks to perpetuate two primary emphases of Bilgray's career through both a popular as well as an academic presentation on Jewish life and literature.


Lectures given from 1986-1997 were transcribed and most are available as Pdf documents.

1986 - Jacob Marcus
"The Significance of American Jewish History"

1988 - Robert Alter
"Putting Together Biblical Narrative"

1989 - Amos Funkstein
"Intellectuals and Jews"

1990 - Ellis Rivkin
"Josephus and the Pharisees"

1991 - Leon A. Jick
"Method in Madness"

1992 - Arnold M. Eisen
"Rethinking Jewish Modernity"

1993 - Shemaryahu Talmon
"The 'Dead Sea Scrolls' or 'The Community of the Renewed Covenant'"

1994 - Michael Fishbane
"To Jump for Joy: The Rites of Dance According to R. Nahman Bratzlav"

1995 - Susannah Heschel
"Transforming Jesus from Jew to Aryan:  Protestant Theologians in Nazi Germany"
(Contact Judaic Studies for a printed copy)

1996 - Marc Bregman
"Serah Bat Asher: Biblical Origins, Ancient Aggdah and Contemporary Folklore"

1997 - Amy-Jill Levine
"Threatened Bodies Women, Apocrypha, Colonialism"

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