David Blumenthal

David R. Blumenthal is the Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University. Professor Blumenthal did pathbreaking work in medieval intellectual Jewish history with his early studies in Yemenite philosophy, his two-volume textbook on Jewish mysticism (Understanding Jewish Mysticism), and his later work that established the concept “philosophic mysticism” as a category of analysis in medieval philosophy and mysticism. Professor Blumenthal has also published extensively in modern Jewish religious thought and post-Shoah Jewish theology, social psychology, and moral education (God at the Center, Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest, The Banality of Good and Evil: Moral Lessons from the Shoah and Jewish Tradition). Professor Blumenthal has also, together with his wife Ursula, curated an exhibit of Salvador Dali’s suite of lithographs, “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel.”

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