Book Description

From the Publisher This biography traces the life of Nelson Glueck, who played a central role in shaping the American Reform Jewry in the third quarter of the twentieth century and, with his mentor William Foxwell Albright, was a trailblazer in the field of biblical archaeology. By the age of fifty, Nelson Glueck had excavated remains of the civilization of the ancient Nabataeans in Transjordan, described in detail a biblical copper-mining industry at the shore of the Red Sea, and shown how the Negev could actually support a large population if proper irrigation techniques were used. In addition, Glueck was a personal friend of David Ben-Gurion, Abba Eban, Golda Meir, Henrietta Szold, and Judah Magnes, among other notables worldwide, and became a pioneer in the burgeoning field of biblical archaeology. But Nelson Glueck simultaneously played another academic role. He served a long tenure (1947?1971) as president of the Hebrew Union College and oversaw the merger of HUC with the Jewish Institute of Religion. He expanded the Cincinnati-based institution to include schools in New York, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem. In California he encouraged the creation of the Schools of Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education. And in Israel, he founded and nurtured the School of Biblical and Archaeological Studies in Jerusalem. As an extraordinary man whose life straddled two distinct Jewish worlds, Nelson Glueck?s many achievements and adventures make for fascinating reading. Read more About the Author Jonathan Brown received his B.A. from Yale and his rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. He currently serves a congregation in Winchester, Virginia. Rabbi Brown is the author of Modern Challenges to Halakhah and articles in the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Laurence Kutler, a Jewish Day School administrator, received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University and has taught courses in Hebrew, Bible, and Archaeology at the University of San Diego, Kent State University, and Old Dominion University. Read more