Symposium Understanding Judaism: new approaches to rabbinic literature

20 until 21 March 2023 09:30 - 14:00

The board of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum foundation is thrilled to extend its invitation to you to join the two-day symposium ‘Understanding Judaism: New Approaches to Rabbinic Literature’, featuring honored Yale Professor Christine Hayes and other notable speakers such as Professors Peter Tomson, Martin Goodman, Lutz Doering, and Annette Merz.

About the symposium

The symposium addresses the ways recent developments in the study of Rabbinic literature affect long-standing modes of approaching culture, religion, and society in Late Antiquity. The seminar will take place at Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands) on March 20th and 21st, 2023, and celebrates the publication of Christine Hayes’ groundbreaking volume of The Literature of the Sages: A Re-Visioning (CRINT 16; Leiden: Brill, 2022). The symposium will include a masterclass featuring up-and-coming students and their work. For internationally based scholars, there are possibilities to attend the symposium virtually.

Symposium programme

Day 1

  • 09:30 Entrance
  • 10:00 Eric Ottenheijm, Opening
  • 10:10 Introduction by Peter J. Tomson
  • 10:45 Coffee/Tea Break
  • 11:00 Christine Hayes, Introductory Lecture
  • 11:45 Questions from the audience
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 13.30 Responses by three external specialists: Lutz Doering; Martin Goodman; Annette Merz.
  • 15.00 Tea Break
  • 15.30 Response of Prof. Hayes
    Followed by a general discussion on the volume’s merits and final words by Eric Ottenheijm
  • 16.00 Reception
  • 18:00 Dinner (invited guests only)

Day 2

  • 09:30 Entrance
  • 10:00 Eric Ottenheijm, Opening
  • 10:15 Masterclass (part I)
  • 11:30 Coffee/Tea break
  • 11:45 Masterclass (part II)
  • 13:00 Lunch


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