Monday, October 10, 2016

Jacob Neusner, 1932-2016

SAD NEWS: Jacob Neusner, renowned Jewish scholar, dies at 84. Professor-rabbi wrote almost 1,000 books, courting controversy throughout his six-decade career (DAVID SEDLEY, Times of Israel).
Professor Jacob Neusner, renowned Jewish scholar and author, passed away on Saturday morning at age 84 after a long illness.

Neusner, an ordained Conservative rabbi and scholar, was one of the most prolific writers in history, author of almost 1,000 books and countless articles, op-eds and other writings. He had a deep influence on the study of traditional Jewish texts and courted controversy in almost everything he did.

The story is also covered by JTA here. Professor Neusner was a massively influential and also quite controversial figure. I noted a review of the recent biography mentioned in the article here. May his memory be for a blessing.

HT Jim West, who shared the sad news with me this weekend.