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Samuel Sandmel

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Samuel Sandmel, American educator, author. Served as chaplain United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1945.; Member Society Biblical Literature (president 1961), Central Conference American Rabbis, Phi Beta Kappa.; Club: Literary (Cincinnati).


Sandmel, Samuel was born on September 23, 1911 in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Son of Morris and Rebecca (Lenderman) Sandmel.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Missouri, 1932. B.H.L., Hebrew Union College, 1934. Student Duke, 1940-1941.

Doctor of Philosophy., Yale, 1949.


Ordained rabbi, 1937. Rabbi, Atlanta, 1937-1939, Hillel Foundation, North Carolina, 1939-1942, Hillel Foundation, Yale, 1946-1949. Professor Jewish literature and thought Vanderbilt University, 1949-1952.

Professor Bible and Hellenistic literature Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, 1952-1966, Distinguished Service professor Bible and Hellenistic literature, 1966-1978, provost, 1957-1966, director graduate studies, 1974-1978. Helen A. Regenstein professor religion Division School, University of Chicago, since 1978. Chairman, Executive Committee Frank Weil Institute Religion and Humanities.

Honorary visiting principal Leo Baeck College, London, 1968-1969. Special field Hellenistic Jewish literature and New Testament.


  • Author: A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament, 1956. Philo’s Place in Judaism, 1956. The Genius of Paul, 1958.The Hebrew Scriptures, 1963. We Jews and Jesus, 1965. Herod: Profile of a Tyrant, 1967.We Jews and you Christians, 1967. The First Christian Century in Judaism and Christianity, 1969. The Several Israels, 1971.Two Living Traditions, 1972. The Enjoyment of Scripture, 1972. Alone Atop the Mountain, 1973.A Little Book on Religion, 1975. When a Jew and Christian Marry, 1977. Editor: Old Testament Issues, 1968.Hebrew Union College Annual, 1970-1972. Oxford Study edit. New English Bible, 1976. Judaism and Christian Beginnings, 1978.Anti-Semitism in the New Testament?, 1979. Philo of Alexandria, 1979.


Served as chaplain United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Society Biblical Literature (president 1961), Central Conference American Rabbis, Phi Beta Kappa. Club: Literary (Cincinnati).


Married Frances Langsdorf Fox, June 23, 1940. Children: Charles, Benjamin, David.

Morris Sandmel

Rebecca (Lenderman) Sandmel

Frances Langsdorf Fox

Charles Sandmel

Benjamin Sandmel

David Sandmel