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David M. Freidenreich is the director of the Jewish studies program at Colby College.  He is a member of the 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 award-winning first book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law, explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions expressed in ancient and medieval laws about sharing food. He is currently studying the ways Christians have used ideas about Jews to think about Muslims.

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