Galit Hasan-Rokem // The "Wandering Jew" in the Jewish and Christian Imagination


The "Wandering Jew" in the Jewish and Christian Imagination

The “wandering Jew”—doomed, according to legend, to roam the world until the end of days—was a powerful creation of the medieval imagination. As a derogatory image, it meant that God had cursed the Jews for their unbelief. Despite its anti-Jewish connotation, the wanderer could also be found, albeit differently, in Jewish folklore, art, and literature. Galit Hasan-Rokem unravels this multidimensional tradition that evolved over centuries of creative contact between Jews and Christians.


Galit Hasan-Rokem is a distinguished professor of folklore and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Author of many scholarly works including Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature and Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity, she is also a translator and poet in her own right, with several collections published in Hebrew.


Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 PM

Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University
Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall
5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131


Free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.

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Part of our year-long series of public programs, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 

Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA  //  RSVP here

Event Date and Time: 
December 01, 2015 7:00pm