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Dr. Benjamin Sax
Dr. Benjamin Sax is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.
Dr. Sax was director of the Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies and the founding faculty principal at the West Ambler Johnston Residential College at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. After completing a Master’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Thought, he earned a doctorate in the history of Judaism at the University of Chicago. Ben’s work investigates the complex relationship between philosophical hermeneutics and modern theology. His current research project is focused on the theoretical and theological implications of the interreligious city. The tentative title of the book is The Interreligious City: A Theory of Religious Pluralism. Ben currently sits on the steering committees of the “Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies” and the “Study of Judaism” groups of the American Academy of Religion. He recently published an encyclopedia essay on Jewish styles of quoting [“Zitat”] for the sixth volume of Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur published by Verlag J.P. Metzler. Ben has published on topics relating to Jewish-Christian Relations, Jewish atheism, Jewish aesthetics, the Holocaust, German-Jewish history and culture, Jewish philosophy and contemporary Jewish theology. He was invited to contribute to the volume Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundation and Future of Jewish Belief (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010). His essay there was translated into Spanish for the volume "La Teologiá Judiá en Neustro Tiempo" (Salamanca, Spain: Ediciones Sígueme, 2012). His work has appeared in Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, Naharaim: Zeitschrift für deutsche-jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte, Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, Journal of Religion, Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations, Religion, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (JJTP), and Shofar: An interdisciplinary Journal for Jewish Studies. He also is finishing a book entitled The Life of Quotation and Modern Jewish Thought.
Dr. Benjamin Sax discusses his summer research project on the use of quotation in modern Jewish philosophy
How do we embrace our values while still allowing space for values of others?
Introduction and translation of Chaim Grade's poem
The divine attributes of justice and mercy are at work in Ferguson, MO
Is the American Jewish community more comfortable with atheism than Christianity?
Dr. Nirenberg’s "Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition" examines how anti-Judaism shaped intellectual history
We shouldn't lose sight of the potential political consequences, intended or not, of using the term “Judeo-Christian”
In some ways the Jewish response to modernity was a reinvention of the medieval
In the past few years there has been a proliferation of academic studies exploring the Jewish context of the life of Jesus