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Whichard Professorship Brings Visiting Biblical Scholar and Historian to ECU                                                                    

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2009) — Internationally recognized scholar Isaac Kalimi will provide lectures and courses on ancient Israelite history, early Judaism, and the Hebrew Bible during his 2009-10 tenure as the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in Humanities at East Carolina University.

Kalimi will teach one course per semester and provide several public lectures. Serving in the Department of Philosophy, he will teach a fall session of The Man and the Myth: King Solomon as Reflected in the Early and Late Biblical Stories and Histories. In the spring, Kalimi will teach Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Isaac Kalimi
Kalimi received his doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where he focused on the history of the Jewish people and Biblical studies. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

He has held faculty appointments, fellowships and professorships in Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and in the United States at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. 

He has authored 10 books, edited or co-edited six books, and published more than 60 articles in scholarly collections and journals. His book, "The Reshaping of Ancient Israelite History in Chronicles," received the 2006 R.B.Y. Scott Book Award, presented annually by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. Kalimi serves on the editorial board of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and is associate editor of Old Testament Abstracts, a publication of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The endowed professorship is funded by the Whichard family in honor of David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard of Greenville.

For additional information, contact Kalimi in the Department of Philosophy at 252.328.6121 or

This story appeared originally in the Oct. 15, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at