Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein has been director of the Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in World Religions, and lecturer and director of the Center for the Study of Rabbinic Thought, Beit Morasha College, both in Jerusalem, since 1997. He has also lectured at the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute in Jerusalem, 1997-2001; the School of Overseas Students, Tel Aviv University, 1997-99; the Schehter Institute of Jewish Studies (branch of the Jewish Theological Seminary), 1996-98; the Dept. of Jewish History, Track for Jewish Thought, at both Haifa and Ben Gurion universities, 1996; and guest lectured at the University of Uppsala, 1996-97. He was a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Dept. of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, 1991-95. Ordained a rabbi in 1977, he holds a B.A. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he did a preparatory year for a direct doctoral program. In 1982, he did a year of research on the New Testament and ancient religions at Harvard Divinity School. He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986. From 1989 to 1999, he was a member of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem. Stanford University Press published his The Sinner and the Amnesiac: The Rabbinic Invention of Elisha ben Abuya and Eleazar ben Arach in 2000, and his Israel in God's Presence: An Introduction to Judaism for the Christian Student is forthcoming from Hendrickson Press. His nearly three dozen articles have appeared in edited collections and in such scholarly journals as Harvard Theological Review, Journal for the Study of Judaism, Journal of Literature and Theology, Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Ecumenism, and Studies in Interreligious Dialogue.