UMass Amherst
Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
 

Faculty

David Bernat, lecturer
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David Bernat is a Visiting Lecturer in our Department, coming to us with a decade of academic teaching under his belt.  Bernat has a BA from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a PhD from Brandeis University.  His areas of specialization are Ancient Semitics, Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, and the history of Biblical interpretation.  Bernat’s research and writing focuses on ritual, and on violence in sacred texts. He authored Sign of the Covenant, the only scholarly work devoted to circumcision in the Torah, co-edited (with Jonathan Klawans, BU) Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage, and is editing the forthcoming Sharpened Arrows: Violence in Rabbinic Discourse.  Along with his position in our department, Bernat serves as the Jewish Chaplain at Wellesley College, and has extensive experience with adult learners.  He has been part of Hebrew College’s Meah faculty since 1998, is in demand as a lecturer and scholar-in-residence in the Boston area Jewish community, and leads adult study tours to Israel. 

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