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2015 Taubman Lecture Series
Apr 28, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair presents
The 2015 Taubman Lectures with Professor Elchanan Reiner
From Joshua to Jesus:
Three Chapters of the Galilean Jewish Foundational Myth
7pm Tues, April 21 The Founder: On the Myth of Joshua in the Galilee
5pm Thurs., April 23: Sun in Givon, Samson in Galil:
Rabbinic Literature Meets Local Culture
6:30 pm Reception
7pm Tues., April 28 The Galilee as the Land of Israel:
On the Hasmonean Roots of the Galilean Foundational Myth
Elchanan Reiner is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. Reiner’s research has focused on Ashkenazic Jewish culture in the early modern period, particularly in Eastern Europe, and on the cultural consequences of the transition from writing to printing. Reiner also specializes in the study of the popular religious culture of medieval Jews in Palestine, dealing with oral religious traditions and local myths connected to holy places. His early work on pilgrimage to Palestine in the Middle Ages was followed by related publications such as “From Joshua to Jesus: The Transformation of a Biblical Story to a Local Myth (A Chapter in the Religious Life of the Galilean Jew),” in Sharing the Sacred: Religious Contacts and Conflicts in the Holy Land (1998).