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“Zedekiah’s Release of Slaves as the Babylonians Besiege Jerusalem (Jer 34) and the Formation of the Pentateuch,” 
The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, March 27–28, 2015. 

“‘Du sollst nichts hinzufügen und nichts wegnehmen’ (Dtn 13:1): Rechtsreform und Hermeneutik in der Hebräischen Bibel,” 
Universität Bern, March 17, 2015. 

“The Delegitimation of Autocracy and the Origins of Constitutional Thought in Deuteronomy, The Legitimation of Autocracy in the
Ancient World, New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, November 2–3, 2014

“Correcting the Restorations of Temple Scroll (11Q19) 2:8–9,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 
San Diego, CA, November 22–25, 2014. 

“The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah,” Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, March 26–28, 2014. “Ancient Israel,” 
Department of Religion, Amherst College, Massachusetts, October 6, 2014. 

Chair, “Reception of Scripture in Second Temple Judaism,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Vienna, 
    Austria, July 6–10, 2014.

Paper Respondent, “Jeremiah’s Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction, and Transformation,” Ascona, Switzerland, 
June 22–26, 2014.

“The Pentateuch within Biblical Literature: Formation and Interaction," International Conference,
Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 25–29, 2014. 
Co-organizers: Jan Christian Gertz (Heidelberg University), Bernard M. Levinson (University of Minnesota), Dalit Rom-Shiloni (Tel Aviv University), and Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich).

For further information on the conference, please visit: 

“The Conception and Aims of the Research Group, Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory,” Annual Meeting of the 
Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, MD, November 23–26, 2013. 

“The Goals of a Research Group on Pentateuchal Theory at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies,” The Sixteenth World Congress 
of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, July 28–August 1, 2013.  

“The ‘De-Jewing’ of the Old Testament under National Socialism: Gerhard von Rad’s Struggle against the Ideological 
Transformation of the Discipline,” Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society and 
Department of Biblical Studies, University of Haifa, June 3, 2013. 

Co-organizer (with Konrad Schmid and Baruch J. Schwartz), “Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the 
Academic Cultures of Israel, North America, and Europe.” International Conference convened at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, May 12–13, 2013. Conference website: 
Click below to watch YouTube videos of the conference:

“Biblical Law and Interpretation in Second Temple Times,” Graduate Seminar Lecture, University of the Holy Land, Rothberg 
Institute, Hebrew University, April 22, 2013.

“‘And he Wrote on the Tablets the Words of the Covenant’: Writing, Rewriting, and the Trope of Revelation in Exodus 34,” 
European Institutes for Advanced Study Annual Meeting, Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study, Uppsala, Sweden, April 19–20, 2013. 

“Reading the Bible in Nazi Germany: Gerhard von Rad’s Attempt to Reclaim the Old Testament for the Church,” 
Livets Ord (Living Word) Theological Seminary, Uppsala, Sweden, April 18, 2013

“The Struggle for the Old Testament in Nazi Germany: The Untold Story of Gerhard von Rad at the University of Jena under National 
Socialism (1934–1945),” 3D–Discourse, Dialogue, and Debate in the Bible in Honor of Frank Polak, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 
December 12, 2012. 

“‘Unto the Fourth Generation’: Transgenerational Punishment within the Israelite Canon,” Pontifical Gregorian University, 
Rome, November 19, 2012. Click here to see flyer. 

“Ancient Greece and Ancient Israel: Interactions and Parallels (10th-4th Centuries BCE),” Conference on cultural contact in the ancient
Mediterranean, Panel Discussant, Tel Aviv University, Israel, October 28–30, 2012. 

“The Discipline of Theology under National Socialism,” Faculty Symposium Marking the Jahrzeit for Dr. Raphael Weiss, Department 
of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, October 24, 2012. 

"Neo-Assyrian Influence upon Deuteronomy and Its Significance," The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, Israel, August 15, 2012. 

“‘You Must Not Add Anything To What I Command You’: Paradoxes of Canon And Authorship in Ancient Israel,” 56th Annual 
Guest Lecture, Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2, 2012.

"The Struggle for the Old Testament in Nazi Germany: The Untold Story of Gerhard von Rad," Or Emet: Minnesota Congregation for 
Humanistic Judaism, St. Louis Park, MN, April 27, 2012.

"The Betrayal of the Humanities: The University during the Third Reich.” This interdisciplinary symposium brought together thirteen 
specialists from Europe and North America to examine the transformation of the major disciplines of the humanities under National Socialism and the lasting legacy of those changes into the present. Bernard Levinson, Co-organizer (with Bruno Chaouat), University of Minnesota, April 15–16, 2012. For more information, visit:
See also the recent blog post on Ancient Hebrew Poetry: "Anti-Jewish Bias in Today’s University."

‘“This is the Manner of the Remission”: Legal Exegesis and Eschatological Syntax in 11QMelchizedek,” joint presentation with 
Michael Bartos, Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Luther Seminary, March 30–31, 2012.

“Goethe and the Ten Commandments: Germans and the Myth of Jewish Exclusiveness,” Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka, MN, 
March 1, 2012. 

“From Redaction to Composition in Biblical Literature,” King's College London, February 9, 2012.
“The Religious Vow in Ancient Israel,” University of Cambridge, February 10, 2012.

“The King James Bible: Scripture, Statecraft, and the American Founding,” Manifold Greatness Colloquium, University of Minnesota, 
February 3, 2012. 

“Reception History as a Window into Composition History: Deuteronomy’s Law of Vows as Reflected in Qoheleth and the Temple 
Scroll,” Wisdom and Torah: The Status of Torah and its Reception in Wisdom Literature in the Second Temple Period,  Humboldt University, Berlin, September 13, 2011.

“Reception History as a Window into Composition History: Deuteronomy’s Law of Vows,” as part of a special new panel, Textual Growth: 
What Variant Editions Tell Us About Scribal Activity, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA, November 19–22, 2011.

“The Application of Ritual Theory to the Study of Ancient Israel’s Festival Calendar: A Response to Nathan MacDonald,” Panel on the 
David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA, November 19–22, 2011.

“‘You May Neither Add to It or Take Away From It’ (Deut 13:1): Legal Revision and Hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible,” Norm and 
Noumenon: Religious Law and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison, April 29, 2011.

“Disciplinary Narratives: Analyzing the Study of the Old Testament in Nazi Germany,” Narratives of Jewish Life and Culture, and Jewish 
Studies, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, April 3–4, 2011.

“Goethe’s Influence on Biblical Scholarship,” German Jewish Studies Workshop, Durham, North Carolina, March 20, 2011.

“Gab es eine Bundestheologische Redaktion des Deuteronomiums?” Plenary lecture, Historische Bibelkritik: Die Vitalität der 
Glaubensüberlieferung in der Moderne, Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, December 8, 2010. 

“‘And He Wrote on the Tablets the Words of the Covenant’: Writing, Rewriting, and the Trope of Revelation in Exodus 34,” Plenary 
address for “Ecritures et réécritures”: Colloque international du RRENAB (Réseau de recherche en analyse narrative des textes bibliques), Institut romand des sciences bibliques. Universités de Genève et Lausanne, June 10, 2010.

“The Development of the Jewish Bible,” Plenary address, What is Bible? International conference co-organized by the University of 
Vienna and the University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany, June 1, 2010. To hear this and other presentations from the conference, click here.

“The Revelation of Redaction: Exodus 34:10–26 as a Challenge to the Standard Documentary Hypothesis,” The Pentateuch: 
International Perspectives on Current Research, Theologisches Seminar, Universität Zürich, January 11, 2010.

“Bible: The Problems with an Historical Perspective,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, November 22, 

“The Narrative Framing of the Decalogue in Deuteronomy,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, November 
22, 2010. 
“On the Methodological and Theoretical Assumptions of My Work,” for panel review of Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient 
Israel (Cambridge, 2008), Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, November 23, 2009.

“‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’: Did the Bible Break with Ancient Political Thought?” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, New 
Orleans, November 23, 2009.

“The Neo-Assyrian Origins of the Formula in Deuteronomy 13:1,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Pontifican 
Gregorian University and Pontifican Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy, June 30–July 4, 2009. 

“Reading the Bible in Nazi Germany: Gerhard von Rad’s Attempt to Reclaim the Old Testament for the Church,” Symposium on Biblical 
Poetics and Interpretation in honor of Adele Berlin, Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland, May 3, 2009. (This presentation was a revision of a previous version). 

“The Bible in American Democracy,” Inaugural Seminar on Jewish Thought, Tikvah Project, Program in Jewish Studies, Princeton 
University, November 17, 2008.

“Rechtsreform und Hermeneutik in der Hebräischen Bibel.” Lecture in German for series, Münchener Vorträge zum Alten Testament. 
Faculty of Protestant Theology, Division of Old Testament Theology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. June 4, 2008.