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The Torah's Hidden Poetry

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Dr. Jason Gaines
Tulane University, Professor of Jewish Studies

Jason Gaines, PhD, is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he teaches Hebrew Bible and early Judaism.


Many of Judaism’s sacred texts are written in the peculiar language of Hebrew poetry. This session will introduce the genre of biblical poetry, explaining its mechanics and showcasing its unique beauty. Prof. Gaines will also present research from his recent book, “The Poetic Priestly Source,” where he uncovers a previously unrecognized poetic layer in the Torah, a 2,500-year-old “hidden poem” that spans from Genesis through Deuteronomy.