[b-hebrew] Monthly Reminder

Kirk Lowery Kirk at GrovesCenter.org
Sun Jul 7 16:07:40 EDT 2013


B-Hebrew Internet Discussion List
Monthly Reminder

B-Hebrew is a forum for the discussion of the Hebrew Bible: its
language, grammar and content. Matters of history, archaeology,
anthropology and other "neighboring" topics are also within the scope of
discussion when they directly relate to or illumine the understanding of
the Hebrew Bible. But the central focus of this forum is the text itself.

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Members include all levels of formal training in biblical studies,
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elementary of topics to those that are highly technical and academic.
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B-Hebrew Moderators

George Athas, PhD
Director of Postgraduate Studies
Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)
<George.Athas at moore.edu.au>

Yigal Levin, PhD
The Israel and Golda Koschitzky
Department of Jewish History
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan. 52900
ISRAEL
<Yigal.Levin at biu.ac.il>

Kirk Lowery, PhD
President & Senior Research Fellow
The J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
<Kirk at GrovesCenter.org>


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