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DANIEL FALK APPOINTED PROFESSOR IN CAMS AND JEWISH STUDIES

Daniel Falk (PhD University of Cambridge 1996) has been appointed Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies starting in the fall of 2014. Daniel comes to us from the University of Oregon, where he has served as the Head of the Department of Religious Studies and the Acting Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program of Judaic Studies.  He is a world-renowned expert in the Hebrew Bible and a leading scholar in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the large corpus of early Jewish texts found at Qumran, which constitute our main source of information about the making of Judaism in the last centuries BCE and in the first century CE.  The author of two books, Daily, Sabbath, and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls (1998) and The Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures Among the Dead Sea Scrolls (2007), six co-edited volumes, and  numerous articles, Daniel is also a popular teacher of undergraduate courses in biblical literature, early Judaism and early Christianity.  With his appointment to the Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, Professor Falk brings distinction and tremendous name recognition to Penn State as a whole, and particularly to CAMS, Jewish Studies, and to the College of the Liberal Arts.

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