OU professor will lecture on Joseph


Oklahoma City University welcomes Alan Levenson to present the Neustadt Lectures on Feb. 20.

Dr. Levenson joined the University of Oklahoma faculty in 2008 as Schusterman-Josey Professor of Jewish Intellectual and Religious History. Previously he taught at Siegal College for 18 years. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

He has written extensively on the Jewish experience for both scholarly and popular audiences.

Joseph is the subject for his lectures at OCU. Among Levenson’s books is "The Story of Joseph: A Jewish Journey of Interpretation," and he is working on a book tentatively titled "Joseph: A Portrait Through the Ages."

Levenson’s most recent major work, "The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism," was published in 2012, with essays by a team of internationally renowned scholars. The book offers a comprehensive and authoritative overview of Jewish life and culture, from the biblical period to contemporary times.

Levenson’s book "Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: German Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932" was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award Prize, and his textbook "Modern Jewish Thinkers" (second edition) is widely used.

He has won a number of prestigious fellowships and has lectured in the United States, Israel, and Germany.

OU student Daniel Reches wrote, "Dr. Levenson is a wonderful person and an excellent scholar. One of his unique offerings is that Dr. Levenson is willing and able to integrate humor and personal experiences into his teaching. This leads his lectures to be more interesting and educational."


February 20

Dr. Alan T. Levenson

Joseph in Scripture and Tradition: Writing Biblical Biography

Joseph in Biblical Context

1 p.m., Sanctuary

 Joseph and His Brothers: Thomas Mann’s Bible

3 p.m., Watson Lounge

 Joseph’s Women

7 p.m., Watson Lounge

Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, Oklahoma City University

N.W. 23rd Street and Blackwelder

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 405-208-5020 or visit www.okcu.edu/religion/continuinged.aspx 

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