Fania Oz-Salzberger: Textline, Not Bloodline How did the Jews Remain Jews?
Chair: Miri Rubin
Why are words so important to so many Jews? Historian Fania Oz-Salzberger discusses Jews and Words, which she wrote together with her father, the celebrated Israeli novelist Amos Oz. They roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words.
Their book traces a rich heritage of the spoken and written word from the Bible to today. Through a blend of storytelling, scholarship, conversation and argument it explores a "textline" that forms a link from Abraham to every subsequent Jewish generation. It extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the conversation.
“Thrilling and entertaining, Jews and Words challenges clichés and stereotypes at every page. Its tone is half serious and half humorous, mixing a mastery of its subject with an informal touch. It promises to be very controversial and widely read.” - Mario Vargas Llosa
“Jews and Words is a conversation between two people who love each other, informed by a wonderful sense of humor and a passionate yet measured analysis of language, people, and literature.” - Yehuda Bauer
Fania Oz-Salzberger is a writer and history professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. She recently held the Leon Liberman Chair in Modern Israel Studies at Monash University, and a Visiting Laurance S. Rockefeller Professorship for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.
Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London and Head of the School of History. She has written extensively on social and religious history and on Relations between Christians and Jews. Her latest book is Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary. Her translation and introduction to the Life and Passion of William of Norwich, the first known ritual under narrative, composed in twelfth-century Norwich is a forthcoming Penguin Classic.