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Was There a Doctrine of Zionism in Second Temple Judaism?

December 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In the Greco-Roman world, the majority of Jews lived outside of the Land of Israel, and were dispersed throughout North Africa, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and in the eastern regions of the Greek and Roman empire. Given this extreme dispersion, how were Jews able to remain a cohesive religious entity, and how did Jews in the Diaspora relate to the Land of Israel? This talk will address these questions by shedding light on how Jews reconciled their loyalty to their host empire and their devotion to the land of Israel in the Greco-Roman diaspora.


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
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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