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Jewish Studies Program

Lecture from Dr. Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College

Thursday, February 26, 2015 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Investing (in) Jerusalem: Sacred Stones, Cosmic Time, and Salvation Narratives" 


Dr. Naomi Koltun-Fromm

Assoicate Professor of Religion, Haverford College

Professor Koltun-Fromm specializes in Late Ancient Jewish history, Jewish and Christian relations, religious polemics, comparative biblical exegesis, rabbinic culture and the Syriac speaking churches. She recently published a book, Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community which traces the nexus of sexuality and holiness from the biblical texts into the fourth century rabbinic and patristic writings. Her present research focuses on the representation of Jerusalem in early Jewish, Christian and Muslim writings.


Scholars of early Islamic history and texts suggest that early Muslim interest in Jerusalem and especially its acclaimed Rock of Foundation was directly influenced by their understanding of Jerusalem’s religious significance to both Jews and Christians. This lecture will show how these formative Muslim traditions, with their innovative interpretation of the earlier sources also influence later Christian and Jewish eschatological understandings of Jerusalem.


Location: Lecture Hall, Ernest F. Hollings Library

Light Refreshments will be provided 

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina

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