Peter Machinist, "The Hebrew Bible as a Near Eastern Book: The Challenge of Cultural Comparison"

Arguably the major achievement of biblical scholarship of the last two centuries has been to give the Hebrew Bible a home—a historical context in which to understand its origins and at least its first significance. That home is the ancient Near or Middle East of the first and part of the second millennium BCE. But how to fit the Hebrew Bible into this ancient Near Eastern world has posed many challenges and controversies. We will explore some of these as we ask the question: how can we compare the literature, ideas, and mores of the Hebrew Bible with those of its Near Eastern neighbors—how, in short, can we carry out comparison between cultures?

Peter Machinist is the Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University. For more information, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Presented by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Date & Time
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street