Bible Stories from Within

Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet, Gabriel Josipovici

Chair: Rabbi Zahavit Shalev

06/03/2022 7:45 pm
Kings Place, St Pancras Room

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They are often most familiar as the simplified versions we learn as children; yet Bible stories are the products of a highly developed literary culture. Rabbi Jonathan Magonet, Emeritus Professor of Bible at Leo Baeck College and author of How Did Moses Know He Was A Hebrew, is joined by author and academic Gabriel Josipovici and Rabbi Zahavit Shalev of New North London Synagogue to explore the wit, humour and many dimensions of these universally appealing stories, and why they resonate today.

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Gabriel Josipovici


Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 to Jewish parents of Italo-Russian, Romano-Levantine extraction. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to England. He read English at a St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and from 1963 to 1998 was first a lecturer, then a Professor in the School of European Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of some twenty novels, ten books of criticism, a memoir of his mother, the poet Sacha Rabinovitch, and numerous stage and radio plays. His reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, the New York and the London Review of Books. Image cr. Tereza Stehlikova

Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet


Rabbi Prof. Jonathan Magonet is Emeritus Professor of Bible at Leo Baeck College. He has co-edited the prayer books of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and is editor of the journal European Judaism. In addition to his books on Biblical commentary he has published a novel Netsuke Nation: Tales from another Japan and his collected poems: Ghost Walk.

Rabbi Zahavit Shalev


Rabbi Zahavit Shalev works at New North London Synagogue. She does all the usual rabbinic things and is particularly involved in running the conversion programme and family education. She reads feminist Biblical and rabbinic criticism and lots of books about brain science and behavioural economics. She believes singing is important.

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