Jewish scholar wins $200,000 book prize

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2000

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- James L. Kugel of Harvard University has won the annual $200,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 1997 book ''The Bible As It Was,'' which treats ancient interpretations of the Bible's first five books.

The award recognizes ''outstanding and creative works that promote understanding of the relationship between human beings and the divine.'' It is presented by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville.

Kugel, an Orthodox Jew, is a professor of Hebrew literature and directs Harvard's Center for Jewish Studies.

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