2024 Bishop Lecture: The Robison Hebrew Manuscript Collection: 50 Yemenite Treasures in Our Midst


Rutgers Distinguished Professor Gary A. Rendsburg will deliver the 35th annual Louis Faugères Bishop III Lecture, entitled “The Robison Hebrew Manuscript Collection: 50 Yemenite Treasures in Our Midst,” on Tuesday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m., at Alexander Library and online.

Gary Rendsburg holds the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History at Rutgers University, with appointments in both the Department of History and the Department of Jewish Studies. He is the author of seven books and over 200 articles; his most recent book is How the Bible Is Written (2019).

Rendsburg earned his B.A. in English at the University of North Carolina (1975) and his Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies at New York University (1980). Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2004, he taught for 18 years at Cornell University.

Rendsburg has conducted extensive research on medieval Hebrew manuscripts at leading libraries, including the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Cambridge University Library, the Vatican Library, and the Library of Congress.

During his career, Rendsburg has served as visiting professor or visiting research scholar at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Sydney, the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, the Getty Villa, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome).

The Bishop Lectures feature diverse topics on book and manuscript collecting, printing history, and the use of rare books and manuscripts. The series is named in memory of Louis Faugères Bishop Jr.’s son, a prominent cardiologist and book lover who helped build one of the excellent New York private libraries at the New York Racquet Club.

To register visit https://libcal.rutgers.edu/event/12100082

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