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Persuasion or Coercion? Approaches to the Law in early Jewish and Christian thought

Start: Nov 09, 2016 07:00 PM

David Satran

Wednesday November 9th


Paul of Tarsus

Introduced by Tessa Rajak

This lecture begins with the figures of Philo of Alexandria and Paul of Tarsus, both first-

Greek-speaking Jews, educated in Greco-Roman culture yet deeply immersed in Biblical tradition. The former was the preeminent spokesman of the Hellenistic Jewish community, while the latter was to become a crucial figure in the formation of the faith of the early Christian communities. Through the eyes of Philo and Paul, it is possible to describe highly divergent attitudes toward the Torah or, in its Greek form, the Nomos (Law). These seminal figures lead us to a discussion of the early Christian perception of the perfect law (and lawgiver) as persuasive rather than coercive as well as to the discovery of surprisingly contrasting views found in Rabbinic literature.century 

David Satran is the Leeds senior lecturer in the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and presently serves as the chair of that Department. His teaching and research interests include the literary and intellectual traditions of Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity within their Greco-Roman contexts. His study of the relationship between teacher and student in third-century Palestine (Caesarea) – In the Image of Origen: Eros, Virtue and Constraint in the Early Christian Academy – is forthcoming from the University of California Press.

Lecture 7.00pm, Roberts 106 followed by reception in the Roberts Building foyer

UCL, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE (Malet Place entrance. opposite Waterstones)


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