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Dr. Esther M. Menn discusses Robert Alter's new translation of the Book of Psalms September 20 on WBUR, Boston

Posted Sep 19, 2007

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Professor of Old Testament, Esther Menn, will appear live on "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook on WBUR, Boston's public radio station at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central time. The broadcast may be heard live on WBUR's web site,, or downloaded as a podcast.

Robert Alter's new translation of The Book of Psalms was released this month by W.W. Norton. Alter is a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
Esther Menn, professor of Old Testament, joined the faculty at LSTC in 2001 after teaching at the University of Virginia's department of religious studies. She has also been visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and California Lutheran University. Menn is the author of Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38) in Ancient Jewish Exegesis: Studies in Literary Form and Hermeneutics and co-editor of the recently-released Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible.

Areas of special scholarly interest to Menn include the Psalms and the biblical figure of King David, and she is currently working on a book about David and the Psalms in Rabbinic Literature. She is deeply dedicated to Jewish-Christian Dialogue and is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America consultative panel on Lutheran-Jewish relations and the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations.


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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