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Johann Buxtorf the Elder

  • 7 Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 9.30am Location: Institute of Advanced Studies Seminar Room, Coisin's Hall, Palace Green, Durham. Tickets Free, but booking is essential from

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Johann Buxtorf the Elder

7th March 2018, 09:30, IAS Seminar Room, Professor Joanna Weinberg, University of Oxford.

A presentation/workshop around the figure of the great Hebraist Johann Buxtorf the Elder (1569-1629) and his highly influential and popular work entitled The Jewish Synagogue; originally written in German and then translated into many languages and often described as an ethnography. Professor Weinberg is working on this figure together with Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and they argue that the work should not be classified as an ethnography, but rather as a vicious polemic against Judaism.

Places are limited, so booking is essential.

Joanna Weinbery is Emerita Early Modern Jewish History and Rabbinics, University of Oxford where, until the end of the academic year 2016-7, she taught Rabbinics and medieval and early modern Jewish history and literature for the Oriental Faculty.

Professor Weinberg collaborated with Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) on the Hebrew studies of the great Huguenot scholar Isaac Casaubon (Harvard University Press, 2011) Together with Anthony Grafton she is presently engaged in an investigation of the major German Reformed Hebraist Johann Buxtorf and his paradoxical approaches to Jews and Jewish literature, and, with Michael Fishbane, edited and contributed to Midrash Unbound. Transformations and Innovations (Littman Library, 2013).

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