The Department of Religious Studies will be bringing in as well as sponsoring distinguished guest speakers throughout the year.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Professor Menachem Mor
, University of Haifa, will present two lectures on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Please attend as follows:
- 1:20-2:35 p.m., Business Building, Room 9, “Samaritans Past & Present—Who are They?”
- Abstract: Classic Jewish sources make it clear that they were considered Jews who had relinquished Judaism but would be accepted if they accepted “Jerusalem and the resurrection of the dead.” “Who is a Samaritan?”-- hotly disputed in ancient Jewish sources—emerged again in modern Israel with respect to the Law of Return, when they wanted to immigrate from Nablus to Israel and live as part of Israeli society. The first part of this lecture discusses a variety of ancient sources; the second part surveys how these considerations influenced the Supreme Court’s final decision.
- 4:10 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 103, “Archeology vs. Historical Sources: What has Tel Shalem to do with the Bar Kokhba Revolt”
- Abstract: The Bar Kochba Revolt (132-136 CE), often called the Second Jewish Rebellion, was a major attempt to restore Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. Some see it as a central event in the history of the Roman Empire, inflicting heavy damage to the Roman army with both immediate effects and long-term implications. Walter Eck of the University of Cologne argues for a maximalist approach based in part on archaeological discoveries from Tel Shalem, in the Beth Shean Valley near the Jordan River: parts of a large bronze statue, a head identified as that of the Roman emperor Hadrian, and a monumental inscription. Mor’s lecture will question this approach, re-examining the archaeological evidence from Tel Shalem, and other places in Galilee, the historical background for the inscription and other evidence and their implications for the study of the Revolt.