Series title: “Jewish-Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretics Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud”
Speaker: Michal Bar-Asher Siegal
Prof. Bar-Asher Siegal is Senior Lecturer and Rosen Family Career Development Chair in Judaic Studies in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel. She is Visiting Assistant Professor (2017-18) in the Judaic Studies department at Yale University.
Prof. Bar-Asher Siegal’s work focuses especially on Jewish-Christian interactions as reflected and refracted in rabbinic texts and contemporary non-rabbinic sources. Rather than describe these interactions in exclusively polemical terms, Bar-Asher Siegal is interested in pinpointing other forms of contact and exchange between the rabbis and their contemporaries. Her first book, Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2013), argues that the rabbis of the Babylonian Talmud drew on Christian monastic literature (mainly in Syriac translation) that was circulated within the Sasanian Persian empire. Her second book, the research for which informs this workshop series, considers the heretic (“min”) in rabbinic narratives.
A light kosher lunch will be served at the workshop.