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2013 Holy Land Archaeology Blog

2013 Holy Land Archaeology Blog

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Since its nineteenth century beginnings, archaeology in the Holy Land has been driven by the desire to illuminate, even to verify, Jewish and Christian scripture. At the same time, western expeditions and excavations served to further colonial interests in the exotic Orient. Both of these... read more about 2013 Holy Land Archaeology Blog»
"A Mockery of Justice: Caricature and the Dreyfus Affair" Exhibit Opens

"A Mockery of Justice: Caricature and the Dreyfus Affair" Exhibit Opens

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Few trials in French history have been so decisive, and so divisive, as the twelve year trial, re-trial and eventual acquittal of the Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus, who, in 1894, was falsely accused of selling military secrets to the enemy German army.  As Emile Zola suggested in his valiant... read more about "A Mockery of Justice: Caricature and the Dreyfus Affair" Exhibit Opens»
Rabbi David Ellenson at Duke

Rabbi David Ellenson at Duke

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
On Sunday, December 9, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College and I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought delivered the 2012 annual Rudnick lecture lecture entitled “Jewish Peoplehood in the Jewish State: Marriage, Conversion, and the Future of Israel.”The... read more about Rabbi David Ellenson at Duke»

CANCELLED – seminar December 9 with Professor David Ellenson

Monday, December 3, 2012
Our guest will be Rabbi Professor David Ellenson, President and I. H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.   He will lead a discussion on "National Sovereignty, Jewish Identity and the 'Sake of Heaven... read more about CANCELLED – seminar December 9 with Professor David Ellenson»

Next seminar Dec. 2 with Professor Rachel Elior

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is December 2. Our presenter will be Professor Rachel Elior of the Hebrew University of Jersalem. She will lead a discussion on “The Origins of Hasidisim.” paper available   JSS – Elior read more about Next seminar Dec. 2 with Professor Rachel Elior»
Shalom Goldman's Students Are Finding Middle Ground

Shalom Goldman's Students Are Finding Middle Ground

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Fraade and Boyd: There May Never Be a Winner, But We Are All Losing November 21, 2012         by STEVEN BOYD and RACHEL FRAADE for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 20, 2012:The two people who came together to write this column are very different. One of us is a male, the other is... read more about Shalom Goldman's Students Are Finding Middle Ground»

Next seminar November 11 with Professor Shaul Magid

Friday, November 2, 2012
The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar will be Sunday, November 11. Our guest will be Prof. Shaul Magid, Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University. He will lead a discussion on “Liberal Judaism, Christianity, and the Spector of... read more about Next seminar November 11 with Professor Shaul Magid»

Next seminar Oct. 28 with Prof. Marsha Rozenblit – Cancelled

Monday, October 22, 2012
The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, Oct. 28. Our guest is Professor Marsha Rozenblit, University of Maryland. She will present “Jews and Other Germans: The Case of Moravia, 1848-1938.” paper available   JSS – Rozenblit 2012-2013 Schedule October 28,... read more about Next seminar Oct. 28 with Prof. Marsha Rozenblit – Cancelled»
Matisyahu's Modern-Day Mantra

Matisyahu's Modern-Day Mantra

Thursday, October 18, 2012
What does it mean to have religious lyrics in secular pop music? Scholars of religion have attempted to answer this question in a variety of ways. They have described the rock concert as a religious experience and sing-alongs as part of an age-old ritual of mantra recitation. Indeed, "The Boss... read more about Matisyahu's Modern-Day Mantra»
Archival Reunion

Archival Reunion

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Elissa Lerner   September 24, 2012 On the surface, Duke’s recent acquisition of the collected documents of civil rights leader and theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is an academic and archival coup. The collection, which has never before been available to scholars, spans... read more about Archival Reunion»

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