Steven Weitzman, "The Search for the Origin of the Jews: From Genesis to Contemporary Genetics"

Joseph Lebovic Lecture

The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origin? Even after centuries of investigation, scholars still haven't settled on an answer. This talk will explore the scholarly quest to understand the origin of the Jews, focusing on the use of genetics as a new source of evidence. What does recent study of DNA reveal about the ancestry of the Jews, and why has this kind of research provoked so much criticism and controversy? Presented from the perspective of a scholar of ancient Judaism rather than a scientist, the lecture will explore the pros and cons of using genetic evidence as an historical source.

Steven Weitzman is the Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures and Ella Darivoff Director of the Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Date & Time
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

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