It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Public Lecture “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Judaism on the Eve of Christianity” by Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, The J. A. Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.
This event, organized by the Pontifical Biblical Institute in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel to the Holy See and the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, will take place at 11:20am on Friday, 20 February, 2015 in the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Piazza della Pilotta, 35, Rome.
How were the two groups of Jews – Ashkenazim and Sefardim – formed? Why are Jews who never visited Spain called Sefardim while Jews with no connection to Germany are called Ashkenazim?
What happens to our ideas of the present when we shift our perspective on the past? What do the little-known Jewish texts that didn’t make it into the Bible as we know it today teach us about Jewish life in the pre-Rabbinic period? See the highlights of an interview on The Jewish Channel’s Up Close. (The complete episode is available at TJC on-demand on cable. Complete audio is available on the TJC website.)
Interview begins at approximately 4:50.