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LBI President Ronald B. Sobel lauded the Dartmouth College historian Susannah Heschel for her pioneering scholarship and said that her work had furthered the legacy of her father, the influential rabbi and civil-rights activist Abraham Joshua Heschel. Heschel accepted the award after delivering the 59th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture at the Center for Jewish History (CJH) on September 28, 2016. Heschel, who won a National Jewish Book Award for her 1998 study of Abraham Geiger’s biblical scholarship, Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus, gave a wide-ranging account of how Geiger and other 19th-century Jewish scholars interpreted the origins of Christianity and Islam.