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Join the Jewish Federation of Omaha for an online mini-ZOOMposium honoring Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, noting the release of his most recent scholarly book, "Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress."

Sunday, December 20, 2020
2:00 PM Central
Join at 1:45 pm to share congratulations and to view greetings from the many people in Professor Greenspoon's professional life.


Alan Potash, CEO, Jewish Federation of Omaha
Dr. Laura Alexander, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Goldstein Family Chair in Human Rights at UNO
Dr. Zachary B. Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Creighton University
Jennie Gates Beckman, JFO Director of Community Engagement & Education

The ZOOMposium will present some of the ways Bible translations have functioned in different contexts, while leaving the engaging stories of individual translators to be discovered in the pages of Dr. Greenspoon’s whimsical manuscript.

Following greetings from members of the “Lennie Fanclub,” Alan Potash will welcome the community to the program then turn it over to Prof. Greenspoon for an introduction to his book’s origin story.
Guest scholars Drs. Alexander and Smith will speak briefly about how bible translations impact the work they do, then Jennie Gates Beckman will lead a moderated discussion on how their presentations tie in with one another and the topic of the book. Questions and comments will be welcomed in the chat.
Klutznick committee representative Steve Riekes will provide closing remarks.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.


REGISTER for our Zoomposium and receive a promo code for 40% off Leonard Greenspoon's newest book Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress through the Jewish Publication Society. Your code will be emailed along with the zoom link.

Dr. Greenspoon's career is marked by his specialty in translations of the Bible – from the Septuagint to contemporary versions – and religion in popular culture. In a review from, this current book is described as an "overdue corrective of an important story that has been regularly omitted or downgraded in other histories of Bible translation." In his research for this work, Greenspoon spanned twenty-four centuries examining translations of the Jewish Bible in eleven languages.
Professor Greenspoon obtained his BA and MA from the University of Richmond and earned His PhD from Harvard University. He was a Fulbright Fellow for Classical Studies at the University of Rome. He is professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and Theology at Creighton University where he also holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization.  Among the courses he has developed and taught over the years are "The Bible and the Ancient Near East," "The Dead Sea Scrolls," "The Bible in Translation," "War and Peace in the Hebrew Bible," and "Jewish Humor." Greenspoon is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and several hundred articles and book chapters.
Dr. Greenspoon is a frequent presenter of short courses for the Jewish Federation of Omaha and Beth El Synagogue. His courses always draw enthusiastic participation from former participants and new attendees who have heard of his teaching prowess and his presenting interesting, educational, and unique topics. His most recent mini-course at the JFO was titled, "Jews in Cartoons: Usually Humorous, Often Insightful, Sometimes Inciteful." In developing this 5-session course, Greenspoon drew from his collection of more than 5,000 cartoons and comic strips that he has collected over the years.

This program has been planned in partnership with the Klutznick/Creighton Custodial Fund at the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.