MemberAlison Joseph

Alison Joseph is an adjunct assistant professor of Bible and its Interpretation at The Jewish Theological Seminary and Senior Editor of The Posen Library. She is a recipient of the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, for her first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics. She has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Towson University, Villanova University, Haverford College,  and Ursinus College.

MemberShani Tzoref

From 2015-2019 I served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Exegesis at the School of Jewish Theology, University of Potsdam and at the Abraham Geiger and Zacharias Frankel Rabbinical Colleges.  My primary research area is early biblical interpretation, particularly in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Other areas of interest are discourse analysis, history of scholarship, and contemporary socio-cultural applications of Biblical scholarship.

MemberHelen Spurling

My research focuses on the interpretation of midrashic literature, with particular reference to Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations, Jewish history from biblical times to Late Antiquity, and apocalypticism and eschatology. Following a BA in Theology and an MPhil in Hebrew Bible, I completed my PhD at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, examining Jewish apocalyptic texts as a response to the emergence of Islam. I then worked as a Research Associate first at the University of Sheffield (2003-2005) and then the University of Cambridge (2005-2009) before joining the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations in 2009.

MemberLaurence Edwards

Laurence Edwards (Larry) served from 2003-2013 as Rabbi of Congregation Or Chadash, a congregation founded in the 1970s by members of the Jewish GLBT community. Past positions include Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain at Dartmouth College (1975-1981) and at Cornell University (1981-1997). Since returning to Chicago in 1997, he has held positions at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation (Director of Education), Congregation B’nai Abraham in Beloit, WI (Rabbi), American Jewish Committee (Interreligious Affairs), and Congregation Kol Ami (Education Rabbi). Most recently (2013-14) he served as Rabbi in Residence at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, where he is also a member. He received his A.B. degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 1970, was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1975, and completed a Ph.D. in Bible, Culture and Hermeneutics at Chicago Theological Seminary in 2005. Larry studied in Jerusalem in 1970-71, and has returned numerous times since, serving on the faculty of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (most recently Summer, 2014), and staffing three trips for Christians. While a student in New York in the 1970s he was part of a group that eventually founded Breira, perhaps the first Jewish organization in North America to call for mutual recognition between Israel and the Palestinian People. Larry teaches courses at University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, and the Hebrew Seminary (Skokie). From 2000-2005 he served as Book Review Editor of the CCAR Journal / Journal of Reform Judaism. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Susan Boone.