Published Works:
Public Speaking:
Rabbi Charles David Isbell, Ph. D.
Copyright 2011 Rabbi Charles David Isbell, Ph. D.. All rights reserved.
  • “Jews and Palestinians in the Middle East, Protestants and Catholics in
    Northern Ireland. Can They Learn to Get Along?” Speech to The Ulster
    Project of Northern Ireland. July 18, 2008.

  • “Independence, Americans, and Jews.” Municipal Meeting, Lake
    Charles, Louisiana. July 4, 2008.

  • “Memorial to Ran Mesika.” Invited address to The FBI and Louisiana
    State Patrol. May 13, 2008.

  • “Gratitude as a Core Value of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Keynote
    address at the annual interfaith Thanksgiving service, Lake Charles,
    Louisiana. November 2007.

  • “Jews, Christians, and Muslims.” Institute of Interfaith Dialog, 2nd
    Annual Interfaith Fast Breaking Dinner. October 5, 2005.

  • Lectures in Modern Jewish Literature, University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
    Fall 2005.
           1. Isaac Bashevis Singer, Satan in Goray (September 13)
           2. Shlomo Ansky, The Dybbuk (September 27)
           3. Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis (October 11)
           4. Cynthia Ozick, The Puttermesser Papers (October 25)
           5. Tony Kushner, Angels in America (November 8)

  • “Yiddish Literature: A Uniquely Jewish Literary Voice” (November 22)

  • “Love and Family Values in Judaism.” Bell Baptist Church, Thibodaux,
    Louisiana. June 6, 2005.

  • “Am I My Brother’s Keeper: The Concept of Universal Brotherhood in
    Judaism.” New Orleans Jewish Federation. March 11, 2005.

  • “Sects of Judaism in the Time of Jesus.” Broadmoor Baptist Church,
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana. March 28, 2004.

  • “Jews and Christians: Same Language, Different Interpretations.” First
    Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. October 15, 2003.

  • “Shabbat Nahamu, Its Function in the Annual Liturgy.” Northshore
    Jewish Congregation, Mandeville, Louisiana. August 8, 2003.

  • “We Jews and You Christians.” St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Baton Rouge,
           1. “Jews and Jesus” (September 7, 2003)
           2. “Jesus and Rabbinic Interpretation of Biblical Law” (September
                 14, 2003)
           3.“Paul and the Reformulation of Biblical History” (September 21,
           4. “Can Jews and Christians Agree?” (September 28, 2003)

  • “Ethical Considerations in the Current Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” 14th
    Annual National Black-Jewish Relations Conference. Dillard University,
    New Orleans. April 10, 2003.

  • “How Jews, Christians, and Muslims Interpret Their Sacred Texts.” Lake
    Charles, Louisiana, Interfaith Society. February 22, 2003.

  • “Visions of Justice: A Dialogue on the Middle East” [Panelist]. Unitarian
    Church and YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge. June 11, 2002.

  • “What Jews Believe.” LSU Muslim Student Association. Baton Rouge, LA.
    March 15, 2002.

  • “How Muslims Interpret the Qur’an.” First Presbyterian Church, Baton
    Rouge, LA. September 23, 2001.

  • “A Jewish Perspective on Paul and the New Testament.” St. Albans
    Institute for the Humanities, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. May 2, 2001.

  • “Meet the Minor Prophets.” First Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, LA.
           1. “General Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets” (April 4, 2001)
           2. “Amos” (April 11, 2001)
           3. “Hosea” (April 18, 2001)
           4. “Micah” (April 25, 2001)

  • “The Land of Palestine, Its History and the Current Dispute.” LSU Muslim
    Student Association, Baton Rouge, LA. September 14, 2000.

  • “The Definition and Function of Slichot in Judaism.” Annual Tillie Colt
    Memorial Lectures. Congregation Adath Israel, Toronto, Canada.
    September 4, 1999.
           1. “Seven Steps to Mastering the Torah.”
           2. “An Ancient King Leads Slichot Services in Israel.”

  • “The Music of the Torah: Development of Te‘amim for the Cantillation of
    Torah.” Southern Regional Association of Cantors. Baton Rouge, LA.
    March 8, 1999.

  • “The Community of Israel and the Development of Sacred Scripture: A
    Pedagogical Model.” Greater Baton Rouge Ministerial Alliance. Baton
    Rouge, LA. February 1, 1998.

  • “Teaching the Book of Jonah.” Regional Conference of American Jewish
    Educators. Baton Rouge, LA. January 18, 1998.

  • “The Social Background of the Patriarchal Narratives.” Temple Gates of
    Prayer, Metairie, LA. November, 1997.

  • “The Book of Exodus in Jewish Liturgy and Worship.” Annual Lectures,
    Jewish Federation of Louisiana. April, 1997.
           1. “The Near Eastern World of the Exodus Narratives.”
           2. “Egyptian Theology and the Exodus Literature.”
           3. “The Role of Women in the Life Story of Moses.”
           4. “The Function of the Exodus Story in Modern Jewish Worship.”

  • “The Elderly in Society: A Biblical Paradigm.” Governor’s Conference on
    Aging. Baton Rouge, LA. March, 1993.

  • “The Biblical Model for the Treatment of the Poor.” Annual Meeting of
    the Michigan Non-Profit Society. Southfield, MI. May, 1992.

  • “Interpreting the Bible in the Pulpit.” Annual Meeting of the United
    Methodist Church, Kansas East Conference. Kansas City, Kansas. June,
Lectures for Religious and Community Groups:
Louisiana State University
Department of Religious Studies, 107 Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3901