Emerging Voices in Jewish Studies | Legal Theory and Revelation: Jewish Law in an Islamic Milieu

Medieval Jews in the Islamic world were the first to pen systematic accounts of revelation and the rabbinic tradition. This lecture explores two competing accounts of Sinaitic revelation authored by two of the outstanding jurists and philosophers of the Jewish Middle Ages, Seʿadya ben Joseph Gaon and Moses Maimonides. While both thinkers implicitly asserted the timelessness of their ideas, this lecture situates these two narratives of revelation and presentations of the role of the Talmudic rabbis within contemporaneous developments and trends in the Islamic legal tradition. Though cloaked in rabbinic garb, these dueling attempts to theorize revelation were both innovative and profoundly contemporary.

a lecture by
Marc Herman, with responses by Kathryn Kueny, Professor of Theology, and Jed Shugerman, Professor of Law

This is a joint event of Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies, the Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, and Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.

Bateman Room (2-01B) | Fordham Law School
Lincoln Center Campus | New York City

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When: Thu., February 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Where: Fordham University
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212-636-6945
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Medieval Jews in the Islamic world were the first to pen systematic accounts of revelation and the rabbinic tradition. This lecture explores two competing accounts of Sinaitic revelation authored by two of the outstanding jurists and philosophers of the Jewish Middle Ages, Seʿadya ben Joseph Gaon and Moses Maimonides. While both thinkers implicitly asserted the timelessness of their ideas, this lecture situates these two narratives of revelation and presentations of the role of the Talmudic rabbis within contemporaneous developments and trends in the Islamic legal tradition. Though cloaked in rabbinic garb, these dueling attempts to theorize revelation were both innovative and profoundly contemporary.

a lecture by
Marc Herman, with responses by Kathryn Kueny, Professor of Theology, and Jed Shugerman, Professor of Law

This is a joint event of Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies, the Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, and Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.

Bateman Room (2-01B) | Fordham Law School
Lincoln Center Campus | New York City

RSVP by Thursday, 8 February 2018

Buy tickets/get more info now