Sunday, August 22, 2004

EPHRAIM ISAAC is profiled in the Princeton Packet (via Bible and Interpretation News):
Ethopian Jew directs Institute of Semitic Studies in Princeton.

���Think of Ephraim Isaac as a bridge between geographical regions, cultures, religions and languages.
���As an Ethiopian Jew, Professor Isaac, director of the Institute of Semitic Studies in Princeton, bridges the divide between Africa and the West, Africa and the Middle East, blacks and whites and between Christians, Muslims and Jews.


���Professor Isaac is the son of Moses Isaac, a Jewish silversmith and Hebrew teacher from Yemen who was serving as a ritual slaughterer to a Yemeni community in Ethiopia.


���Professor Isaac was the first professor hired in Afro-American Studies at Harvard. Princeton Professor Cornel West was one of his students.
���He has taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University Divinity School, Lehigh University and Bard College.
���His research spans biblical Hebrew, the late Second Temple Period in Israel, rabbinic literature, Ethiopian history and the origin of the African slave trade.
���Professor Isaac has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the Institute for Advanced Study.
���There is a scholarship in his name at Harvard.
���He has translated The Book of Enoch from a 14th century Ge'ez manuscript and is currently working with faculty members at the Princeton Theological Seminary on translating Enoch from fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


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