Joanna Weinberg and Philip Alexander: Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations
Chair: Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün
This event took place on Sunday 5 March as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
Professors Joanna Weinberg and Philip Alexander with Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün discourse on the Midrash. Covering a broad range of texts, from late antiquity to the modern period, including non-rabbinic and non-Jewish literature, an impressive array of the leading names in the field have produced a volume that seeks to open a new period in the study of Midrash and its creative role in the formation of culture.
Midrash is arguably the most ancient genre of Jewish literature, forming a voluminous body of scriptural exegesis over the course of centuries. There is hardly anything in the ancient rabbinic universe that was not taught through this medium. The diversity and development of that creative profusion are presented here in a new light.
In Association with the Council of Christians and Jews
Philip Alexander is Professor Emeritus of Postbiblical Jewish Literature at the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a former Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester, and former President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He is the author of five books and over 120 academic articles in the fields of Jewish Bible interpretation, Jewish mysticism and magic, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Joanna Weinberg is Professor of Early Modern Hebrew and Rabbinics at the University of Oxford. She is also James Mew lecturer in Rabbinic Hebrew, fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and lecturer in Hebrew at Exeter College, Oxford.
Theodor Dunkelgrün is a postdoctoral research fellow on the ERC-funded project: the Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture. A historian of early modern and modern European cultural and intellectual history, he works primarily on the history of biblical scholarship, with special focus on the study of the Hebrew Bible from its passage into print in the late 15th century to the emergence of the first critical editions at the end of the 19th century.