An AJCO Author’s Evening: The Rites and Rituals of Pilgrimage

An Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins (AJCO) Colloquium will take place on the Nyack College campus located at 2 Washington Street in Manhattan on Wednesday, September 18 from 6:30-8:00 PM on the 18th floor (Room 1833).

(l-r) Dr. Jeffrey García and Dr. David Moster

“The Rites and Rituals of Pilgrimage,” is an event featuring authors Dr. Jeffrey P. García (Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature, Carta 2018) from 6:30-7:15 PM and Dr. David Z. Moster (Etrog: How a Chinese Fruit Became a Jewish Symbol, Palgrave Macmillan 2018) from 7:15-8:00 PM.

The public is invited to attend this Colloquium, which will address aspects of pilgrimage to Jerusalem that were undertaken by Jesus and his family and the continual practice of celebrating these Jewish holy days, which begin at the end of this September with Rosh HaShana.

Jeffrey P. García is assistant professor of New Testament and Second Temple Literature at Nyack College (NYC). He holds a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Nyack College (NYC), where he studied with Dr. R. Steven Notley. He also earned an MA, Phil and PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University, where he studied under the direction of world-renowned Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Dr. Lawrence Schiffman. Dr.Garcia’s expertise is in early Judaism, the New Testament, and the literature of the Tannaim. He is currently invested with examining the Gospels and Acts as sources for ancient Jewish thought and practice, as well the manner that they preserve ancient Jewish traditions. He is also a co-editor of The Gospels in First-Century Judaea (Brill, 2016). He has contributed to the Biblical Archaeology Review, Lexham Bible Dictionary (Lexham Press, 2016), and The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (Routledge, 2015). He has worked as a teaching guide in Israel, Jordan and Greece with the Center for Holy Lands Studies since 2012. Jeffrey was born in Spanish (East) Harlem in New York City. He now lives in Queens with his wife, Maureen and their family

David Moster is the director of the Institute of Biblical Culture (IBC). He grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in Yonkers, NY. He received his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel under the tutelage of Professor Yigal Levin, a world expert in historical and biblical geography. Before attending Bar-Ilan, he spent two years in Israel and a decade in New York City, where he received a B.A., M.A., M.S. and Rabbinical Degree from Yeshiva University, and an M.A. from New York University. He has published in the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. In 2017, he turned down a university professorship because it would have meant uprooting his family. This led him to explore online and long-distance learning communities, which resulted in the founding of in 2018. In addition to his work at the IBC, he is a Charney Fellow at the Center of Israel Studies at Yeshiva University and a Fellow in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College.

Dr. Garcia and Dr. Moster will sell and autograph their books. Sales are cash only.