Join us for a special edition of the Goodman Lecture with Paula Fredricksen, PhD, Aurelio Professor of Scripture Emerita at Boston University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fredriksen will explore anti-Judaism and anti-Christianism, their opposites, and the roots of our current circumstances in the past.
Mediterranean Mixing: Pagans, Jews and Christians in Roman Antiquity.
The Roman Empire encompassed a near-countless variety of ethnic groups, and accordingly, a numberless population of gods. Most of the time, everyone (gods and humans) got along. Pagans dropped into Jewish sacred spaces (both local synagogues and, before 70 CE, the temple in Jerusalem), and Jews lived within pagan sacred spaces: the diaspora city itself was a pagan religious institution. We will explore the ways that a pragmatic religious pluralism prevailed in the Empire, as well as the ways that certain conditions could disrupt this status quo. How can we account for pagan anti-Christian persecutions? And how does a lasting legacy of Christian anti-Judaism emerge and develop in this same period of time?
Thursday, November 3, 2022
The Goodman Lecture is an endowed lecture with a mission of strengthening Jewish-Christian understanding.
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