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The Book of Jonah: a Paraphonous Polemic

6:30 pm, 15 February 2017

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Bezalel Porten

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Wednesday February 15th
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Introduced by Sacha Stern, UCL

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Jonah is a book larger than life, fashioned by similar-sounding word pairs (called paraphonous), piecing together a polemical plot pitting God against prophet.

Bezalel Porten has degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary (Rabbi, M.A.) as well as Columbia University (Ph.D.). He taught at the University of California in both Berkeley and Davis before  moving to Israel in 1968. Professor Porten retired from the Hebrew University as a professor emeritus in 1998. He has completed sabbatical years at York University in Toronto, Yale University, Cambridge University, the University of Sydney, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has written ten books and over 100 articles either individually or in collaboration. His latest book, Textbook of Idumean Ostraca (Vol. 2, with Ada Yardeni), appeared at the end of last year. His areas of interest include Biblical literature, the Jewish community at Elephantine and the Idumean ostraca.

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Drinks reception from 6.30pm in the Gavin de Beer room, Anatomy Building

Lecture 7pm in the J.Z. Young lecture theatre

University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

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