Lecture from Dr. Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford CollegeThursday, February 26, 2015 -
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
Naomi Koltun-Fromm Lecture flyer.pdf