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Christine Hayes, Professor of  Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University,  will be speaking about her forthcoming book:


Date and Time: February 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: McGill University, Chancellor Day Hall, Room 200 (3644 Peel Street)

Free Admission. All Welcome.

Christine  Hayes is one of the foremost contemporary scholars of Rabbinic Judaism and greatly in demand as a speaker. Her many works include Gentile Impurities  and Jewish Identity: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud; The Emergence of Judaism, and her very popular Introduction to the Bible (available on-line at the Open Yale  Course Series).

Professor Hayes's  book may be ordered after the lecture at a special discounted price.

David Flatto, Associate Professor of Law, Religion, and History at Penn State Law,  will be the respondent.

David Flatto received Rabbinic Ordination  from Yeshiva University, a J.D. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. (with distinction)  from Harvard University. His research interests include Legal History, Constitutional Law, and Hebraic Political Theory. His recent articles include "The King  and I: The Separation  of Powers in Early Hebraic Political Theory," and "Its Good to be a King: The Monarch's Role in the Mishnah."



Sibling Rivalries, Scriptural Communities: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

(Sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies and the Solomon and Dorothy Levites Series of Symposia and Seminars in Jewish Studies)

Date and Time: March 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Location: McGill University, Chancellor Day Hall, Room 102 (3644 Peel Street)

Lecturer:  David Nirenberg, author of Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013) and Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today (2014). Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Middle East Studies, and the College and Dean of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago.

Inter-religious conflict—and, with it, many questions about the role of scripture in that conflict—is once again at center stage in our geopolitical consciousness. Do the claims of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic holy texts contribute to the violence between the various communities that read them? Or do they provide a basis for solidarity between these three religions? This talk will examine how the Qur’an, Torah, and New Testament have been read at different moments in history to consider the politics of conflict and community among the “peoples of the Book.”

Free Admission. All Welcome.