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Jewish Studies seminar and events 2012-13

Semester 1 (Autumn) 2012

10 October

Biblical Studies & Jewish Studies Seminar
Professor Paul Joyce (King’s College London)
The Book of Lamentations in Jewish and Christian Reception
17.00 2E, Chesham Building (Strand Campus)

23 October

Dr Michael Harris (London School of Jewish Studies)
Nietzsche, Soloveitchikian Modern Orthodoxy and Normative Ethics
16.30
S3.41 (Strand Campus, Strand Building, 3rd floor)

20 November

Dr Alinda Damsma (King’s & UCL)
Early Jewish Mysticism: New Insights from the Cairo Genizah

17.30 SWB 18 (Strand Campus, King's Building)

4 December

Dr Holger Zellentin (University of Nottingham)
Rabbinic and Christian Narratives of the Destruction of the Temple
16.30 SWB 18 (Strand Campus, King's Building)

11 December

Jewish Studies, History & Menzies Centre for Australian Studies 
Dr Adam Rovner (University of Denver)
New Jerusalem, Down Under: The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australia (1933-1942)
17.00 Room tbc


Semester 2 (Spring) 2013

30 January

Professor Paul Morris(Victoria University of Wellington)
Is Revelation a Problem in Modern Jewish Theology?
17.30
S-1.22 (Strand Campus, Strand Building)

13 February

Professor Oliver Leaman(University of Kentucky)
Maimonides vs. Nahmanides on Fighting for the Land of Israel: Some Reflections on Jewish Theology
17.30
S-1.22 (Strand Campus, Strand Building)

26 February

The Maccabaean Lecture 2013
Professor Derek Penslar (University of Toronto/University of Oxford)
Dreyfus Was Not Alone: The Army as a Jewish Career in Modern Europe
17.30 Tea and refreshments
18.00-19.30 Lecture
Council Room (Strand Campus)
To RSVP, please contact trs@kcl.ac.uk

MOVED to October:
13 March

Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert (UCL)
The Relationship between Messianism and Gender in Twentieth-century Habad-Lubavitch Hasidism
17.30
River Room (Strand Campus)

19 March

A Jewish Studies Workshop
Integration or Erasure? Christian Hebraists as Scholars and Censors
16.30-19.00
Council Room

Dr Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford)
The Role of the Censor in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Recently it has been suggested that censorship and expurgation of Hebrew books in the early modern period functioned as an editorial device, a view that challenges the conventionally negative assessment of ecclesiastical censorship. Is this revisionary approach justified by the evidence? We will examine whether censorship actually contributed to the dissemination of new knowledge and whether the censor also assumed the role as editor.

Dr Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford)
Johannes Buxtorf the Elder Examines Hebrew Literature
Johannes Buxtorf the elder (1564-1629) was one of the greatest Hebraists of the early modern period. Virulent anti-Jewish sentiments permeate much of his scholarly activities, and yet he professed a passionate love for Jewish literature. This seeming paradox will be examined in the context of his work as censor and editor of Hebrew books.

Roundtable:
Piet van Boxel, Theo Dunkelgrün (Cambridge), Paul Joyce (Theology & Religous Studies, King's), Joanna Weinberg, Julian Weiss (Spanish & Portuguese Studies, King's)

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