Lucia Raspe/Goethe University, "Do Jews Believe in Saints? A Medieval Rabbi and His Early Modern Afterlife"

 

April 01, 2014 7:00pm

Lucia Raspe/Goethe University, "Do Jews Believe in Saints? A Medieval Rabbi and His Early Modern Afterlife"



Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Do Jews Believe in Saints? A Medieval Rabbi and His Early Modern Afterlife

The veneration of saints is not a practice one normally associates with Judaism. Nevertheless, hagiography (i.e. the writing of the lives of saints) emerged as one of the most popular genres of Jewish narrative in the early modern period. The talk will trace the posthumous career of one “Ashkenazi saint,” historically among the founding fathers of the Jewish settlement in medieval Ashkenaz, from the Rhineland through early modern Italy, and, finally, to present day Israel. In so doing, Professor Raspe will shed light on how some of the major transformations of the early modern period shape our sense of the Jewish past, even today.

Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne, PA 19035


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Lucia Raspe authored Jüdische Hagiographie im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas (Jewish Hagiography in Medieval Ashkenaz; 2006) and numerous articles on medieval and early modern memory and identity in Ashkenazic culture. This year at the Katz Center she studies Jewish books of customs from the early modern period.




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