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The Biblical Ishmael as seen by Medieval and Modern Jews

6:15 pm, 19 November 2015

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Elliott Horowitz, University of Oxford

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Thursday November 19th 
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IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND 

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In Genesis 16 Sarah's handmaiden Hagar is told by the angel that she shall bear a son to be named Ishmael, who would grow up to be a "wild man" - as rendered in the King James Bible - or "wild ass of a man," as other English translations, including those of the Jewish Publication Society, rendered the verse. The lecture shall examine the ways in which medieval and modern Jews, sometimes influenced by Christian exegesis, linked that prophecy with what they knew - or thought they knew - of the Arab world.

Prof. Horowitz is currently Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Balliol College Oxford. 

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Reception from 6.15pm, Lecture 7.00pmChadwick G08, Chadwick Building, UCL

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For more events, see our Lectures Programme for Autumn 2015.