Jewish scholar to present Bergdall lecture at HU

Jewish scholar Steven Fine, a cultural historian of ancient Judaism, will present the 2017 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts.
Jewish scholar Steven Fine, a cultural historian of ancient Judaism, will present the 2017 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts. Photo provided.

Jewish scholar Steven Fine will present the 2017 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Fine’s topic is “He Went to the Synagogue as Was His Custom (Luke 4): Synagogues in the World of Hillel and Jesus.”

Fine, a cultural historian of ancient Judaism, is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and director of the Arch of Titus Project.

He is the author of “The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel,”  “Art, History and the Historiography of Judaism” and “Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World.” He also edited “Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture.”

In the spring of 2018, he will serve as the Frerichs Annual Professor at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.