AJCO EVENT: Prof. Ze’ev Safrai (Bar Ilan) @ Nyack College

Good Morning Friends!

This is a note to inform you that we will have another outside lecture in the AJCO program this week.

It is a great opportunity, and we would welcome you or any of your students who would want to attend.

In order to gauge our need for space, inform Constance (constance.diggs@nyack.edu) if you plan to attend and/or you are encouraging your students to attend.  We are happy to provide your students with some pre-reading materials and/or to take attendance for your records in case you want to assign it as extra credit.

We are privileged to have Professor Ze’ev Safrai speaking on “Jesus as a Type of Hasid.”  His lecture will be Wednesday, November 13 4:00-5:30 on the Battery Park campus.  The room is 2006.

The ancient Hasidim (not to be confused with today’s Hasidic community) were a movement of healers and wonder-workers in first-century Galilee.  They share a number of affinities with the message and ministry of Jesus, but their movement died out in the second century and they receive little attention from both Jewish and Christian scholars.

Ze’ev Safrai is Professor in the Martin Susz Department of Land of Israel Studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He has written and edited ten books, among them Haggadah of the Sages (Carta, 2009), co-authored with his father, Professor Shmuel Safrai, and The Economy of Roman Palestine: The Missing Century (Routledge, 1994). He also has written numerous articles on Jewish history, culture and the land of Israel in the Second Temple, Mishnaic and Talmudic times.

I have worked with Ze’ev on two books:  Eusebius, Onomasticon:  A Triglott Edition with Notes and Commentary (Brill, 2005) and Parables of the Sages (Carta, 2011).

– Steven Notley, Dir. of AJCO


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