Professor of Jewish History and Homiletics
Leo Baeck College
Marc Saperstein completed in July 2011 a five-year term as Principal of the Leo Baeck College in London; he currently serves as Professor of Jewish History and Homiletics at LBC. Previously he held prestigious positions at three American Universities: as Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. (1997–2006), Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St. Louis (1986–1997), and Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School (1977–1986). He was Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Harvard in spring 2012 and at Yale in spring 2013. Before leaving the United States, he was Vice President of the American Academy for Jewish Research. His research and publication has ben devoted to the use of the texts of medieval, early modern, and modern Jewish sermons as evidence for Jewish history, literature, and religious culture.
Decoding the Rabbis: A Thirteenth-Century Commentary on the Aggadah (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980).
Jewish Preaching 1200–1800 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989).
“Your Voice Like a Ram’s Horn”: Themes and Texts in Traditional Jewish Preaching (Cincinnati; HUC Press, 1996).
Exile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi Morteira’s Sermons to a Congregation of “New Jews” (Cincinnati: HUC Press, February 2005)
Jewish Preaching in Times of War 1800 – 2001 (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008)
Leadership and Conflict; Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2014).
Agony in the Pulpit: Jewish Preaching in Response to Nazi Persecution and Mass Murder, 1933-1945, to be published by Hebrew Union College Press, 2018.