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The Israel Science Foundation 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought 

Research Workshop on

Reading the Bible in the Pre-Modern World:

Interpretation, Performance and Image

24-26 June 2019

Monday 24 June             Rotem Conference Room. Zlotowski Student Administration Building

9:45-10:15 Gathering and Opening Reception

10:15-10:45 Opening Session.   Greetings

  Haim Kreisel, Director

The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought 

Chanitta Goodblatt, Workshop Convener 

11:00-13:00 Session 1: Wisdom Literature
Chair/Respondent: Yitzhak Hen, Hebrew University

Tova Forti, Ben-Gurion University

A Consideration of Hermeneutic Perspectives on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Chanita Goodblatt, Ben-Gurion University

The Parable of the Ewe Lamb: Dimensions of Judgement and Interpretation

14:30-17:00 Session 2: Mysticism, Self and Allegory

Chair/Respondent: Elliott Simon, University of Haifa
     Piero Capelli, Ca' Foscari University of Venice 

Individuating God: The Biblical Motif of God’s Wrath in the Midrash and the Zohar 

     Oded Yisraeli, Ben-Gurion University

The Story of Rachel and Leah, and their Images in the Zohar

Nancy Rosenfeld, Max Stern College of Jezreel Valley

“Blessed Joseph! I would thou hadst more fellows”:   John Bunyan’s Joseph

17:30-19:00 Session 3: The Bible in Rhythm and Sound

   Rafi Ziv. Dancer and Choreographer

Tuesday 25 June            Rotem Conference Room. Zlotowski Student Administration Building

10:00-10:30 Greetings. Prof. Amit Schejter. Dean. Faculty of Humanities & Social Science

10:30-12:30 Session 4: Wisdom Literature

          Chair/Respondent:  Ayelet Langer, University of Haifa

       Hannibal Hamlin, Ohio State University

The Book of Job and its Renaissance Readers

       Noam Flinker, University of Haifa

Psalm 51: Between Christian Silencing and Judaic Messianism in 17th-Century England 


14:00—16:00 Session 5: Genesis and Exodus
Chair/Respondent: Jonathan Stavsky, Tel Aviv University

Monika Fludernik, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

From Adam and Eve to the Golden Calf: The Pentateuch/Torah in Middle English Mystery Plays 

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Tel Aviv University

Performing Hebrew/Jewish Biblical Characters in Late Medieval Religious Theater 

Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 Session 6: Genesis and Exodus
Chair/Respondent: Jonathan Yogev, Ben-Gurion University

Sara Offenberg, Ben-Gurion University

Illuminating the Creation in Medieval Hebrew Bibles from Ashkenaz

Martin Lockshin, York University

Peshat (Plain Meaning) and Polemics in Medieval Jewish Commentaries on Genesis and Exodus 

Wednesday 26 June          Room -136 Senate Building


9:30-11:30 Session 7: The Biblical Family
Chair/Respondent: Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Ben-Gurion University

Lori Anne Ferrell, Claremont Graduate University

The End of the Tudors: Comparing Unhappy Families in 2 Samuel
and Hamlet 

Sanford Budick, Hebrew University

The Grafting of “All the Families of the Earth” onto the Biblical Family:
Genesis 12:3 in Midrash, Epistle to the Romans and Shakespeare


12:00-14:00 Session 8: Representing Biblical Characters
Chair/Respondent: Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, Ben-Gurion University

Tammi J. Schneider, Claremont Graduate University

The Gang Rape in Judges 19: Saul, Sodom, Isaac and the Power of

Oren Roman, Ben-Gurion University

Retelling the Binding of Isaac: Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures of Medieval
and Early Modern Europe


15:30-17:30 Session 9: The Book of Esther
Chair/Respondent: Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby, Ben-Gurion University

Tovi Bibring, Bar-Ilan University

From a Matrimonial Quarrel to Edifying Drama: Jewish and Christian
Conceptions of Vashti in Medieval and Renaissance France

Ornat Lever, Ben-Gurion University

The Painter and the Queen: Two Women, One Canvas: Artemisia and Esther

17:00-18:00 Concluding Remarks

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