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Images of the Feminine Divine in Tanakh

December 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: We often speak of God as a “He” and as a “Him,” and we tend to read biblical descriptions of God through the metaphorical lens of God as a father, husband, and military warrior. In doing so, however, we risk overlooking the transcendent nature of God. This talk will explore biblical passages which present God as a wife and as a mother, and will consider the profound theological implications of these ancient depictions.


ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, as well as a Core Faculty member of Drisha Institute. She earned a doctoral degree in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism from Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. Dr. Simkovich’s articles have been published in such journals as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well on online forums such as TheTorah.com, The Lehrhaus, and the Times of Israel. Her first book, The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria was published in 2016, and her second book, Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism, was published in 2018. Dr. Simkovich has recently completed a co-authored commentary to the book of Zechariah with her colleague Leslie Hoppe, which will be published by Liturgical Press in 2020. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Simkovich lives in Skokie, Illinois, with her husband Aaron and their four children.


December 17, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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