Adele Berlin

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Adele Berlin
Born (1943-05-23) May 23, 1943 (age 78)
OccupationBiblical scholar
Known forLiterary approach to the Bible
TitleRobert H. Smith Professor of Biblical Studies
Board member ofpast President of the Society of Biblical Literature, Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Gratz College
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
ThesisEnmerkar and Ensuhkešdanna, A Sumerian Narrative Poem (1976)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland
Main interestsBiblical narrative and poetry, and the interpretation of the Bible

Adele Berlin (born May 23, 1943 in Philadelphia) is an American biblical scholar and Hebraist. Before her retirement, she was Robert H. Smith Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Maryland.[1]

Berlin is best known for 1994 work Poetics and interpretation of biblical narrative (ISBN 1575060027). She has also written commentaries on Zephaniah, Esther, and Lamentations. A Festschrift in her honor, "Built by Wisdom, Established by Understanding": Essays in Honor of Adele Berlin, was published in 2013.

Berlin has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and President of the Society of Biblical Literature. Along with Robert Alter and Meir Sternberg, Berlin is one of the most prominent practitioners of a literary approach to the Bible.[2][3][4] In 2004 the Jewish Book Council awarded Berlin along with co-editor Marc Zvi Brettler the scholarship category award for the Jewish Publication Society and Oxford University Press book, The Jewish Study Bible.[5] A decade later the two editors offered its second edition.


Multiple works published:-[6]


  • Berlin, Adele (1979). Enmerkar and Ensuhkešdanna, A Sumerian Narrative Poem. Occasional Publications of the Babylonian Fund. 2. Philadelphia, PA: The University Museum. ISBN 9780934718295. OCLC 6090804.
  • ——— (1983). Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative. Bible and literature series. 9. Sheffield, UK: Almond Press. ISBN 9780907459231. OCLC 10214708.
  • ——— (1985). The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253318503. OCLC 924981288.
  • ——— (1991). Biblical Poetry Through Medieval Jewish Eyes. Indiana studies in biblical literature. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780585106120. OCLC 43475924.
  • ——— (1994). Zephaniah: a new translation with introduction and commentary. Anchor Bible. 25A. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 9780385266314. OCLC 28928604.
  • ——— (2001). Esther: the traditional Hebrew text with the new JPS translation. JPS Bible Commentary. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society. ISBN 9780827606999. OCLC 44669511.
  • ——— (2001). Esther. Miḳra le-Yiśraʼel Commentary. Tel Aviv: Am Oved. ISBN 9789651313257. OCLC 48838494.
  • ——— (2002). Lamentations: A Commentary. Old Testament library. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 9780664218492. OCLC 49892430.

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  1. ^ "Adele Berlin". University of Maryland. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. ^ Herzberg, Walter (1998). "Traditional Commentators Anticipating a Modern Literary Approach". Boundaries of the Ancient Near Eastern World: A Tribute to Cyrus H. Gordon. Continuum. p. 517.
  3. ^ Crenshaw, James L. (2004). "Foreword". The Psalms In Israel's Worship. Eerdmans. p. xxx.
  4. ^ Nicholson, Sarah (2002). Three Faces of Saul: An Intertextual Approach to Biblical Tragedy. Continuum. p. 13.
  5. ^ Jewish Book Council. National Jewish Book Awards Archived 2015-09-07 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved February 2017.
  6. ^ "Adele Berlin - CurriculumVitae". Retrieved March 5, 2019.

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