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John Collins, Yale University: "Torah and Jewish Identity in Second Temple Judaism"

Wed, February 12, 2014 • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM • Peter O'Donnell Building (POB) 2.302 (AVAYA Auditorium)

According to Second Maccabees, during the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanes in the Maccabean era, a man could not even admit that he was a Ioudaios. This paper will explore what exactly it was that a person could not admit to be. More specifically it will examine how the Torah of Moses came to be definitive for Judean identity in the Second Temple period, and the shifting ways in which its significance was understood.

John Collins is a Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Univeristy. Divinity School. He received his Ph.D form Harvard Univeristy and holds an honorary D. Litt. from the University College at Dublin. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Sponsored by: Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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