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The Early Development of Jewish Universalism: From the Bible to the Rabbinic Period

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich / July 26, 2021

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This lecture will explore the origins and development of universalist thinking in biblical texts and in documents produced by Greek speaking Jews in the late Second Temple period. Understood as the invitation to all people to worship the same god without converting or assimilating, Jewish universalism solidified into an idea which became predominant in Jewish thinking during the Hellenistic era.

This class is part of an evening series open to the public in association with Drisha’s Summer Kollel.


Session 1 - 06/30/2021



Posted: 06/30/2021

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  Session 1 Posted: 06/30/2021

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Simkovich’s articles have been published in journals such as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus,, and the Times of Israel. She is involved in numerous local and international interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.


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