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The Book and the Sword

The Bible in the Experience and Legacy of the Great War

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Professor Marc Saperstein

Professor Marc Saperstein

Professor of Jewish History and Homiletics

Leo Baeck College


Marc Saperstein completed a five-year term as Principal of the Leo Baeck College in July 2011, where he continues to serve as Professor of Jewish History and Homiletics. Previously he held prestigious positions at three American Universities: the George Washington University in Washington D.C. (1997–2006), Washington University in St. Louis (1986–1997), and Harvard Divinity School (1977–1986). He is recognized as one of the pre-eminent authorities on the history of Jewish preaching and the use of sermons as sources for Jewish history and religious culture

Key Publications

Marc Saperstein's two most recent books are Jewish Preaching in Times of War 1800–2001 (2008), and Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture (2014), both published by Littman Library. He recently organized an international conference on “Rabbis and the Great War,” held on July 7, 2014, with papers published in European Judaism, Spring 2015.

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The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Sep 01, 2016

This event will take place on 11 October 2016 at St George's, Stockport

The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Jun 24, 2016

Taking place on 5th October, this study day for clergy will address key questions on the subject of remembrance.

Book and the Sword Film

Jun 15, 2016

Dr Nathan MacDonald and Dr Andrew Mein have released a film explaining the impetus for the project and the role of the Bible in World War I.

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