Marc Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Professor of Jewish Studies at Duke University. His research has been centered in several areas: the use of religious metaphors in the Hebrew Bible (God is King: Understanding an Israelite Metaphor, 1989), the nature of biblical historical texts as "literary" texts (The Creation of History in Ancient Israel, 1995; The Book of Judges, 2002), and in gender and the Bible. He was a co-editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament (2011) and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (2001, revised 2010), co-author of The Bible and the Believer (2012), author of Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Hebrew (2002) and co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible (2004, revised 2014), which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award. His book How to Read the Bible was published by the Jewish Publication Society in fall 2005, and in paperback as How to Read the Jewish Bible by Oxford University Press in 2007. He has discussed these books and their implications in a variety of op-eds concerning the public display of the Decalogue, and Creationism and Biblical Studies. He also discussed these issues on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. He is a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XVIII, November 20 – 22, 2015
Are All Psalms Prayers?
Psalms and prayer are usually thought of in vertical terms: people calling to God and above, with the hope that God hears and heeds them. But prayer was also, in Biblical times, fundamentally a community ritual. This talk will thus examine how psalms from the Second Temple served to create communities and sub-communities. It will use various psalms illustrate the adage “Those Who Pray Together Stay Together.”