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Friday, February 12 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
When Christianity Defines Judaism: Martin Buber on Jesus and the Baal Shem Tov

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We are often taught that Judaism precedes Christianity, yet scholars of ancient Judaism often argue that both religions emerge simultaneously. Some even suggest that Judaism as we know it arises in part as a response to Christianity. We will look at the writings of Martin Buber on Jesus and his work on Hasidism to suggest that Buber views Jesus as the true antecedent to the figure of the Baal Shem Tov, and Jesus helps us understand the religious critique that is embedded in the Hasidic movement.


Shaul Magid

Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schotenstein Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion at Indiana University and rabbi of the Fire island Synagogue, Sea View New York.

Friday February 12, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm EST