Spring Shapiro Lecture
April 19, 2021 @ 7:00 PM CST - April 19, 2021 @ 8:00 PM CST
Dr. Christine Hayes
Dr. Hayes is the Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale. A specialist in talmudic-midrashic studies, Hayes is the author of three scholarly books: Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds (1997 Salo Baron prize); Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities, a 2003 National Jewish Book Award finalist; and What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (2015 National Jewish Book Award in Scholarship; 2016 PROSE award in Theology and Religious Studies from the American Publishers Association; 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award).
Divine Contingency: Law, history, performance, and play
In late antiquity, the talmudic conception of divine law as a contingent and dynamic phenomenon unfolding in historical time stood in stark contrast to a prevailing and largely Stoic and later Christian conception of divine law as an absolute and immutable logos transcending historical time. This lecture applies insights from performance studies, as well as theories of humor and play, to illuminate the rabbis’ counter-cultural construction of a historically embedded divine law.
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