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| birth_place = Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.mf=yes3192629}}New York City, New York (state)>New York, U.S.| residence = | nationality = United States| ethnicity = | citizenship = | other_names = | known_for = Scholar of Hellenistic civilization| education = Trinity College (Connecticut)>Trinity CollegeHarvard University| employer = Yeshiva University| occupation = Professor of Classics and Literature| years_active = | spouse = | partner = | children = | parents = | relations = | callsign = | awards = | signature = | signature_alt = | website = | footnotes = | box_width = }}Louis Harry Feldman (October 29, 1926 – March 25, 2017) was an American professor of classics and literature. He was the Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University, the institution at which he taught since 1955.WEB,weblink In Memoriam, Dr. Louis Feldman, yu.edu, March 31, 2017, Feldman was a scholar of Hellenistic civilization, specifically the works of Josephus Flavius. Feldman's work on Josephus is widely respected by other scholars.

Biography

Feldman received his undergraduate degree (as valedictorian) from Trinity College, Hartford, CT in 1946 and his master’s degree the following year. In 1951, he received his doctoral degree in philology from Harvard University for his dissertation Cicero’s Concept of Historiography. He returned to Trinity College as a teaching fellow and eventually served as classics instructor before leaving for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1953. Feldman began teaching at Yeshiva University as an instructor in 1955, became an assistant professor in 1956, an associate professor in 1961 and, in 1966, a professor of classics. In 1993, he was appointed Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University.A fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, he received numerous other fellowships and awards. These include a Ford Foundation Fellowship (1951-1952), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1963), a grant from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1969), and a grant from the American Philosophical Association (1972). He was named a senior fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1971, a Littauer Foundation fellow in 1973, and Institute for Advanced Study fellow in 1994. In 1981, he received the American Philological Association award for “Excellence in Teaching the Classics.” Additionally, Feldman has been selected to conduct seminars for college teachers by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thought and writings

Feldman was a widely respected antiquities scholar.Henoch Volumes 29–30, 2007, page 376 Robert E. Van Voorst referred to Feldman as "the dean of Josephan scholars",Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence by Robert E. Van Voorst 2000 {{ISBN|0-8028-4368-9}}, page 88 and Paul L. Maier referred to Feldman as "the ranking Josephus authority".Josephus: The Essential Works by Flavius Josephus and Paul L. Maier 1995 {{ISBN|0-8254-3260-X}}, page 285As a historian, Feldman dealt primarily with the writings of Josephus and their role within the larger framework of Jewish civilization during the Second Temple Period. Feldmans' works on Josephus ranged from discussions of historical accuracy to analysis of Josephus’ biblical interpretations. Overall, Feldman viewed Josephus’ work as key to understanding Jewish life and interactions with Hellenistic culture during the Greco-Roman era. In addition to his work on Josephus, Feldman published numerous works on the writings of Philo as well as works dealing directly with the nature of Jewish life during antiquity.Feldman’s works include Scholarship on Philo and Josephus, 1937-1962 (1963), Josephus and Modern Scholarship, 1937-1980 (1984), Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World: Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian (1993), Studies in Hellenistic Judaism (1998), and Josephus’ Interpretation of the Bible (1998). Feldman also translated several volumes of the critical edition of Jewish Antiquities. Feldman contributed extensively to journals in his field, having published approximately 170 scholarly articles. He also served as departmental editor of Hellenistic literature for the first edition of Encyclopedia Judaica and as a contributor to the Encyclopædia Britannica.

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