A lecture by Christine Hayes, Yale University.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 @ 7:30PM
Beth El Synagogue
5224 W 26th St,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
This event is free and open to the public
What is the perfection to which humans should aspire? Beginning with the talmudic phrase "The Torah was not given to Ministering Angels" this lecture explores radically diverse ancient Jewish conceptions of the nature of human perfection and whether or not humans can be, or should aspire to be, like angels.
Christine Hayes is the Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale. A specialist in talmudic-midrashic studies, Hayes offers courses on the literature and history of the biblical and talmudic periods. She is the author of three scholarly books: Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds, recipient of the 1997 Salo Baron prize for a first book in Jewish thought and literature; Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities, a 2003 National Jewish Book Award finalist; and a new book on divine law forthcoming from Princeton University Press. She has also authored two introductory volumes (The Emergence of Judaism and Introduction to the Bible) as well as numerous journal articles. Hayes is active in professional and academic organizations, and currently serves as co-editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review.
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies; the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World; the Center for Medieval Studies, the Program in Religious Studies; Beth El Synagogue.