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About Dr. Marc Brettler

Marc BrettlerJourney Through the Bible was designed by Professor Marc Brettler, internationally recognized Hebrew Bible scholar, and the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies and a member of the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He was previously Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Professor Brettler's research has been centered in several areas: the use of religous 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 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), which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award.

Professor Brettler's 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. Brettler has been a Me'ah instructor since the program's inception in 1995.


Me'ah students' comments about Marc Brettler and Me'ah Online.....


"I liked Marc’s ability to put the various texts and concepts into modern lingo and understanding…the big payoff was to gain insights into the Bible, history and Judaism and develop some confidence into my own thinking about the Bible..."

"Marc's passion about the subject and life-changing insights exceeded all of my expectations!"

"I never imagined Biblical study could be so engrossing and so exacting, thank you."

"Marc is a scholar with prodigious knowledge and endless enthusiasm."

"I loved this class, and appreciated that I was able to learn at my own pace with no time restrictions."


Bernice Lerner
Project Manager, Me'ah Online

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