Divine Law: A Tale of Two Concepts (and Three Responses)
Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
This event is part of the PJC Fall Lecture Series. RSVP is requested. A light lunch will be served.
In late antiquity, two radically distinct conceptions of divine law--Greek natural law grounded in reason and biblical law grounded in revelation--confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. This lecture explores three ancient Jewish responses to these dueling conceptions of divine law--responses that would shape western civilization in profound ways.
Christine Hayes is the Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University. A specialist in talmudic-midrashic studies, her published works include Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds (1997, winner of a Salo Baron prize), Gentile Impuriteis and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud (2002, National Jewish Book Award finalist), The Emergence of Judaism (2010), Introduction to the Bible (2012) and numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and scholarly anthologies. Professor Hayes is nearing completion on a book entitled What's so Divine about Divine Law? She is active in professional and academic organizations, and currently serves as co-editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review.