"We offer this collection of essays as a tribute to Ben on the occasion of his 65th birthday, which falls on January 19. Ben has been a teacher to us not out of institutional obligation, but out of a genuine interest in younger scholars and a true pedagogical gift. Ben has taught all of us how to think better about early Jewish languages and culture, but he has also modeled a way of being a scholar that goes deeper: a look at his CV, with its many co-written and co-edited works, shows that our scholarship is better when it is collaborative. And despite the intimidating length of that CV, Ben has also boldly modeled that an openness to new ideas and methods can continue apace throughout a distinguished career. Ben defies the stereotypes we might associate with some senior scholars: he actively seeks out ways to interact with—and to shape--emerging ideas in the field."
Monday, January 22, 2018