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David M. Freidenreich is a member of the Colby College Religious Studies Department, where he teaches a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, and comparative religion.  After receiving a B.A. from Brandeis University, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  His research explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions, primarily as these attitudes are expressed in ancient and medieval sources and secondarily as manifest in the history of Maine’s Jewish communities.  He is currently studying the ways Christians have used ideas about Jews to think about Muslims.

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