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Mortensen, Beverly P.



  • Existence: 1939    


Beverly Patton Mortensen was born in Rochester, Minnesota on July 2, 1939. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music and Music Education at Carnegie Mellon University in 1962. Her ensuing music career involved a wide-range of experiences, from being a music teacher, composing original pieces, pursuing a folk music career, and serving as choir director at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, Illinois. She is now director of the Village Singers, a choral group in Glencoe, Illinois.

Mortensen was also a scholar of ancient Jewish religion, the Hebrew bible, and religious thought; she attended Northwestern University where she completed a PhD program in early Judaism, earning her degree in 1995. She is now an adjunct lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Northwestern and her course offerings include Finding God, Dead Sea Scrolls, Moses and David: Tabernacle and Temple, and Wisdom Literature. Additional teaching interests include Temple cult and Hebrew bible and New Age thought.

Mortensen has several book publications, including The Priesthood in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan: Renewing the Profession and Oh Priests, as well as shorter publications regarding Targums, or Aramaic translations of the Hebrew bible. She also serves as the editor for the Newsletter for Targumic and Cognate Studies.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Dale Mortensen (1939-2014) and Beverly Mortensen (1939- ) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/10/13

Dale Mortensen (1939-2014) was an American economist and Nobel laureate, 2010. In 1965 he joined the faculty of Northwestern University and in 1980 became professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management. Beverly Mortensen (1939- ) is a scholar of music and ancient Jewish religion. The Dale Mortensen and Beverly Papers fills 171 boxes, includes approximately 8.96 megabytes of born-digital files, and spans the years 1939-2014.

Dates: 1939-2014