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Law and Practice in Early Judaism
Day: Tuesday
Date: May 7 - May 28, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Suggested Contribution: $25
This course will explore Second Temple texts that address the development of early Jewish practice and identity prior to the rabbinic era. In particular, we will analyze Jewish literature that addresses the subjects of charity-giving, prayer, Shabbat, holiday observance, and other practices that were definitional to Jewish identity during this era.
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. Her first book, The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria was published in 2016, and her second book, Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism, was published in 2018 and received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Her most recent book, Letters From Home: The Creation of Diaspora in Jewish Antiquity, was published in March 2023. Simkovich’s articles have been published in journals such as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, and on mainstream forums such as The Times of Israel and The Jewish Review of Books. Simkovich speaks widely to audiences across North America and beyond on the topics of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish history, and contemporary Jewish-Christian relations.