Marc Michael Epstein Professor of Religion on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair and Director of Jewish Studies
Marc Michael Epstein has been teaching at Vassar since 1992, and currently serves as Director of Jewish Studies. 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 on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His most recent book, Skies Of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (Princeton, 2015) was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (Yale, 2011) was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2011. He is currently completing a new book, People of the Image: Jews & Art. During the 80s, Epstein was Director of the Hebrew Books and Manuscripts division of Sotheby’s Judaica department, and continues to serve as consultant to various libraries, auction houses, museums and private collectors throughout the world, among them the Herbert C. and Eileen Bernard Museum at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, for which he curated the inaugural exhibition.
- BA, Oberlin College; MA, M.Phil., PhD, Yale University
- At Vassar since 1992
Research and Academic Interests
- JWST/RELI 288. Creating the Griffins’ Head Megillah
In the Media
On View for the First Time in 100 Years: An Exquisite Medieval Haggadah
Professor Marc Michael Epstein on his “secret mission” to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs in private hands.
Illuminating the Book of Esther
Professor of Religion Marc Epstein to create Passover Haggadah with students in “intensives” course.
This $500 Pure Silk Tallit Is Produced In An Italian Village — Alongside Hermes Scarves
Marc Epstein, head of Jewish Studies at Vassar, is quoted in a Forward article on high-quality silk tallits, or prayer shawls.
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