Open lecture by Hindy Najman - NB: RE-RE-SCHEDULED! – University of Copenhagen

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Open lecture by Hindy Najman - NB: RE-RE-SCHEDULED!

Hindy Najman is the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture

at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford.

Bio

She has previously taught at Yale University, the University of Toronto and the University of Notre Dame. She has written and edited 17 books and over 50 articles in the areas of Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, early Rabbinics and the history of Jewish interpretation. She is currently writing two books. The first to be published in 2017, Metanoia: a Theory of Reading Ancient Jewish Sources, and the second to be published in 2018, Ethical Reading: Unities of Texts in the Study of Wisdom, Lament, and Angels.

She will present the lecture "Praying with the Angels: Transformation of the Self and the Text in Ancient Judaism."

Abstract

Angelic beings are ubiquitous in ancient Jewish texts. This paper will explore the various ways in which angels function in Jewish antiquity: mediating the divine, building bridges between the heavenly and the earthly realm as divine messengers, as human protectors, as guides on journeys and as facilitators of efficacious prayer. They are named in a variety of ways and are depicted in texts and in images throughout the ancient Israelite and Jewish worlds. It is through angels that aspiration towards perfection is articulated and it is often these very same angels that function as keys to unlock revealed and holy texts which are said to be impenetrable in their absence.

Please register for the lecture by June 10, 2016 (limited seating capacity).

Nota bene: THIS LECTURE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1. OWING TO ILLNESS, IT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED.