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Forester Lecture: Ancient Jewish Synagogues

Tuesday, October 24th | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Merillat Centre for the Arts; Zurcher Auditorium

The 2017 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies brings to the Huntington University campus the noted Jewish scholar Steven Fine. 

Fine is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, and director of the Arch of Titus Project. A cultural historian of ancient Judaism, Fine’s recent monographs include: 

  • The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel (Harvard University Press, 2016)
  • Art, History and the Historiography of Judaism (Brill, 2013)
  • Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World(Cambridge University Press, 2005, rev. ed. 2012) 

Fine is also the editor of Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. Fine’s blend of history, rabbinic literature, archaeology and art, together with deep engagement with historiography and contemporary culture, is expressed in a broad range of publications. These include academic monographs and more than 80 articles where he engages the history of Judaism with a sympathetic yet critical eye.  In the spring of 2018 he will be the Frerichs Annual Professor at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. Fine’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Biblical Archaeology Review, Haaretz and numerous other news sources.

Fine’s lecture:  “‘He Went to the Synagogue as Was His Custom’ (Luke 4):  Synagogues in the World of Hillel and Jesus” will be presented on October 24, 2017 at  7:00 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium on the campus of Huntington University.

Presenter: Steve Fine