About the Author
Jonathan Brown received his B.A. from Yale and his rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. He currently serves a congregation in Winchester, Virginia. Rabbi Brown is the author of Modern Challenges to Halakhah and articles in the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Laurence Kutler, a Jewish Day School administrator, received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University and has taught courses in Hebrew, Bible, and Archaeology at the University of San Diego, Kent State University, and Old Dominion University.
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This book, which is the result of at least fourteen years of effort, is really a successful amalgam of two treatises by two authors, thanks to the talented fusing of a third, unsung contributor: editor and sole representative of the Hebrew Union College Press, Barbara Selya. Professor Laurence Kutler composed the absorbing account of Nelson Glueck's archaeological excursions and discoveries, while Rabbi Jonathan M. Brown reconstructed the story of the protagonist's career as educator and college president. In other words, the co-authors respectively describe Dr. Glueck's passionate exploration of the earth of Biblical lands -- a lifelong labor which served to connect the burgeoning Israeli population with the history and traditions of its forbears -- as well as his relationships with prominent societal and familial figures at home and abroad. The portrait that emerges captures the nuances of the personality of a secular but devout man of great accomplishments who also sought with only partial success to extend his personal religious freedom as an American to the citizens of the orthodox theocracy of Israel.