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Saturday, February 13 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Hosting the Emperor for Shabbat Lunch: Re-reading Rabbinic Stories in their Roman Contexts

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We will read three classic rabbinic stories about the rewards of observing Shabbat. These feel-good stories become far more complicated and interesting when we read them as responses to ancient Greco-Roman and Christian polemics against Shabbat. We will also explore the entertaining afterlife of these stories in their contemporary iterations, repackaged to serve modern needs and sensibilities but still preserving their apologetic and polemical dimensions.

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Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz is an Assistant Professor of Classical Judaism at Fordham University. She works on rabbinic literature, ancient calendars, Jews in the Greco-Roman world, gender and motherhood, and Jewish-Christian relations and polemics.

Saturday February 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
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