People of the Book: Land Language Culture

July 7, 2012 by  
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The Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney is presenting a one-day seminar on 15 July at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Presented by experts from the department, this seminar will examine the broad contours of Jewish history and belief as well as the sacred texts and languages that have accompanied Jews to all their habitations.

Avril Alba

The Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney is the major provider of Jewish, Biblical and Holocaust Studies in Sydney at a tertiary level. This  seminar, run in conjunction with the university’s Centre for Continuing Education, will provide both Jewish and non-Jewish participants an opportunity  to exchange ideas and experiences. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of this fascinating and enduring world-religion, its culture and people.

Dr Avril Alba’s session God  Torah Israel will provide an introduction to Jewish identity through a consideration of the complex relationship between Belief, Law and Peoplehood in the Jewish tradition from its ancient roots to its modern manifestations.

Rabbi Dr Ari Lobel and Associate Professor Ian Young will examine Bible Communities: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Judaism, looking at the ways the Hebrew Bible was read in Antiquity by different groups, and how these various readings of the Bible helped shape Jewish communities in the Greek and Roman eras and beyond.

In  Israel: People, Land, Language Yona Gilead and Neta Steigrad will explore the Hebrew language through speech, song and use through the ages and examine the influence of Hebrew on the English language.

The seminar ends with a guided tour of the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Enquiries: Jillian Fine,, 9449-7870, 0410497870

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