This year’s seminar marked the transition between the Annenberg Research Institute and the Center for Judaic Studies. The weekly seminars, which had been a feature of the Annenberg Research Institute since its inception, were intimate sessions attended only by the fellows. This year’s seminar brought together historians, linguists, legal scholars, and scholars of text to explore the multivalent relationship between law and spirituality in Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Jewish contexts. This diverse group of fellows brought a wide range of expertise to bear on the questions of how law and spirituality are related to one another in a variety of cultural contexts, how these elements define religious civilizations, and how they determine relationships within and among cultures, religions, and societies.

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