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Lunchtime Lecture – Who wrote the Talmud?

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Lunchtime Lecture – Who wrote the Talmud?

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Lunchtime Lecture – Who wrote the Talmud?

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Wednesday 24th May
1.00pm

FREE 

The Talmud has been venerated, hated, protected and burned. It has generated innumerable commentaries, fierce debates, passionate support and no end of confusion. But who wrote it? In this lecture we will contrast traditional answers to this question with the results of contemporary academic enquiry. Along the way, we will try to build up for ourselves an image of what the great academies of Babylonia looked like, how they operated and how they were able to produce so authoritative a text.

The lecture will be given by Dr Simon Holloway who is an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum and a sessional lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he teaches Classical Hebrew and Jewish History. Simon holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, for which he investigated the function of metaphors in the Hebrew Bible. His current research concerns the textual transmission of the early rabbinic literature and the use of humour in halakhic texts.

Booking not required.