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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 22.2 (2004) vii-ix

Contributors to This Issue

Ann W. Astell (Ph.D., 1987) is Professor of English and a founding member of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Purdue University. Author of several books, including Joan of Arc and Sacrificial Authorship (2003), she is particularly interested in the literary imitation of biblical texts, the influence of biblical commentary on literary interpretation, literary representations of mystical experience and sanctity, and theological and ethical aesthetics.

Samuel M. Edelman is Professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies as well as rhetoric and Communication Studies at the California State University, Chico. He is the founder of the program in Modern Jewish and Israel Studies at the California State University Chico in Northern California and its current director. Edelman is also the coordinator of the California State University Statewide Modern Jewish Studies BA Degree. He recently was Scholar-in-Residence at Haifa University in Jewish Education. Edelman has just been appointed Director of the California State Center of Excellence in Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance Education and chief liaison to the State Taskforce on Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance Education.

Eugene Fisher, Ph.D., has staffed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for Catholic-Jewish Relations since 1977. He was named Consultor to the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in 1980 and later a Catholic member of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee. He has published over 300 articles and twenty books in the field.

Zev Garber is Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College and has served as Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Riverside and as President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in the Shoah series (UPA) and Co-Editor of Shofar. His publications include Methodogy in the Academic Teaching of Judaism; Methodology in the Academic Teaching of the Holocaust; Shoah: The Paradigmatic Genocide; Peace, In Deed; and Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies. His most recent book, Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts (with Bruce Zuckerman) is due out in 2004 from the University Press of America. [End Page vii]

Sandor Goodhart, a specialist in dramatic literature (Greek tragedy and philosophy, Shakespeare, modern drama), literary theory and criticism (structuralism and poststructuralism, the history of critical theory), and Jewish Studies (Hebrew Bible, modern Jewish thought, Holocaust Studies), is an associate professor in the English Department at Purdue University. He is the author of Sacrificing Commentary: Reading The End of Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996) and Reading Stephen Sondheim (Garland, 2000) and is at work on two books: Moebian Nights: Literary Reading After Auschwitz and The Tears of Esau: Reading, Revelation, and the Prophetic. He has published articles in Diacritics, Philosophy and Literature, The Stanford Review, Modern Judaism, and Contagion: Journal of Mimesis, Religion, and Culture, among other places.

Peter Haas received his B.A. in Ancient Near East History from the University of Michigan in 1970 and then attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, from which he received ordination as a Reform rabbi in 1974. After ordination, Rabbi Haas enrolled in the graduate program in religion at Brown University, earning a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies in 1980. Joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 1980, he taught courses in Judaism, Jewish ethics, the Holocaust, and Western religion. He joined the faculty of the Department of Religion at Case Western Reserve University in January 2000. Professor Haas has published several books and articles dealing with moral discourse and has lectured in the United States, Germany, and Israel, and at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Steven Leonard Jacobs holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Among his numerous publications are Shirot Bialik: A New and Annotated Translation of Chaim Nachman Bialik's Epic Poems (1987); Raphael Lemkin's Thoughts on Nazi Genocide: Not Guilty? (1992); Contemporary Christian and...

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