Theodor Dunkelgrün/University of Cambridge, "What Happened to the Torah in 1492? The Hebrew Bible in Spain and the Sephardic Diaspora after the Expulsion"

 

April 02, 2014 7:00pm

Theodor Dunkelgrün/University of Cambridge, "What Happened to the Torah in 1492? The Hebrew Bible in Spain and the Sephardic Diaspora after the Expulsion"



Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

What Happened to the Torah is 1492? The Hebrew Bible in Spain and the Sephardic Diaspora after the Expulsion

The expulsions and (forced) conversions of Iberian Jews in the 1490s took place at the very time when Christian humanists were beginning to study the Hebrew Bible and the Hebrew language like never before. Sephardic exiles took whatever books they could with them wherever they fled, from North Africa to Italy and from the Ottoman Empire to the Dutch Republic. Their biblical manuscripts provided the foundations for transformative editions that would play central roles in the early modern period for Jews and Christians alike. Meanwhile, back in Spain, a small circle of Catholic scholars braved the terror of the Inquisition to ponder the Sephardic biblical tradition. This lecture explores the Sephardic and Spanish traditions of Hebrew Biblical studies in the century following the expulsion.

Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 N 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Theodor Dunkelgrün received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2012 and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge, England. Dr. Dunkelgrün researches the history of the book and biblical scholarship, the transformation of textual traditions from manuscript to print, and scholarly encounters between Jews and Christians.




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