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Hebrew Traditions in Hellenistic Jewish sources: Philo of Alexandria and the Epistle to the Galatians

Michal Bar Asher Siegel and Elitzur Bar Asher Siegel
portrait of Philo of Alexandria
Speculative portrait of Philo of Alexandria by 16th-century artist Andre Thevet. Via Wikimedia Commons.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thomson 317

Professors Michal and Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal draw on their expertise in ancient Jewish and Christian texts to explore Hebrew influences in early examples of Christian-era Greek writing: the Epistle to the Galatians and the writings of ancient Jewish scholar Philo of Alexandria.

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal (PhD 2010, Yale University) is a scholar of rabbinic Judaism. Her work focuses on aspects of Jewish-Christian interactions in the ancient world and compares between early Christian and rabbinic sources. Her book, Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2013, winner of the 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award) compared Christian monastic and rabbinic sources. Her upcoming book Jewish – Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretics Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud will focus on heretics’ stories in the Babylonian Talmud. She is an elected member of the Israel Young Academy of Sciences and holds the Rosen Family Career Development Chair in Judaic Studies at The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal (PhD 2009, Harvard University) joined the faculty of the department of Hebrew Language at Hebrew University in 2010, after being the lecturer in Semitics at Yale University. His areas of research include the history of the Semitic languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Akkadian), historical linguistics, formal semantics and typology. He also studies the history of linguistics using methodologies from the philosophy of sciences. In recent years, he has mostly worked in linguistics on reciprocal constructions, causative constructions and constructions with non-argument datives, both from the semantic and the historical point of views. He also publishes in fields related to rabbinic literature and Jewish Studies more broadly. Elitzur was a visiting professor at Harvard University and Yale University.

Co-sponsored by UW's Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the UW Department of Classics 

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