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Jacques D Berlinerblau

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Jacques Berlinerblau

Director, Program for Jewish Civilization
Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization

Ph.D, 1999, Sociology, The New School for Social Research

Ph.D, 1991, Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University

Jacques Berlinerblau holds separate doctorates in ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and in Sociology. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Berlinerblau has published on a wide variety of issues ranging from the composition of the Hebrew Bible, to the sociology of heresy, to modern Jewish intellectuals, to African-American and Jewish-American relations. His articles on these and other subjects have appeared in Biblica, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Semeia, Biblical Interpretation, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, Hebrew Studies, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and History of Religions.

He has published five books, the most recent being How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His previous works include Thumpin' It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today's Presidential Politics (Westminster John Knox), Heresy in the University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibility of American Intellectuals (Rutgers University Press), and The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously (Cambridge University Press).

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Education

  • PhD (1996) The New School for Social Research, Sociology
  • PhD (1991) New York University, Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

Languages

  • French (speak, read)
  • German (read)
  • Hebrew (speak, read, write)
  • Italian (speak, read)