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Primordial Chaos and New Beginnings

Hindy Najman / December 25, 2007

Through the study of passages from Ezekiel and Ezra as well as selections from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, we will study the extent to which these utopian visions echoed understandings of the original Eden and marked a vision of renewal as re-creation. Part of Drisha's Winter Week of Learning 2007, dedicated in memory of Judy Tenzer, z”l




Hindy Najman

Hindy Najman (PhD Harvard University, 1998) is the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible at the University of Oxford.  She has previously taught at Yale University, the University of Toronto and the University of Notre Dame. She has written and edited over 15 books and 30 articles in the areas of Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, early Rabbinics and the history of Jewish interpretation. She is currently writing two books:  Afterloss: Finding the Words to Work through Death, to be published in 2016 and Ethical Reading: Rethinking Philology in Biblical Studies, to be published in 2017.. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Hindy Najman.


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