A carpet, a forest, a lush landscape of flora and fauna—the stunningly gorgeous but now destroyed painted wooden synagogues of Poland the images that often seem strange to our eyes. Yet they yield up their mystery as CSP favorite Marc Michael Epstein guides us through their symbolism and theological meaning.
Marc Michael Epstein is the product of a mixed marriage between the scions of Slonimer and Lubavitcher Hassidim and Romanian socialists, and grew up, rather confused, but happy, in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently Professor of Religion at Vassar College, where he has been teaching since 1992, and was the first Director of Jewish Studies. At Vassar, he teaches courses on medieval Christianity, religion, arts and politics, and Jewish texts and sources. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written numerous articles and three books on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews.
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