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The Christian Invention of ‘Judaism’

27. April 2017 | 18:30 - 21:00

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Daniel Boyarin

In the next “Nahostdebatte”, the distinguished historian of religion Prof. Daniel Boyarin (Berkely University, CA) will expound his thesis that Judaism can not be called a religon. It seems highly significant that there is no word in premodern Jewish parlance that means „Judaism.“ Neither the Greek Ioudaismos nor the Hebrew yahadut mean Judaism or Judentum. Christian writers from Ignatius on use Ioudaismos/Iudaismus to signify an Ekklesia other than the Christian Ekklesia. It is only in the 19th century that Jews begin to use yahadut as a calque on Judentum to signify their “religion” as part and parcel of the confessionalization of Jewry at that time. Today for many Jews, versions of description or practice with respect to Judaism that treat it as a faith that can be separated from ethnicity, nationality, language, and shared history have felt false.

The lecture will be held in English.

Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung mit dem Orientalistischen Institut (MLU), Seminar für Judaistik im Rahmen unserer Reihe ‘Nahostdebatten’.
“Das Orientalische Institut vertritt keine politischen Positionen, es organisiert Debatten.”


27. April 2017
18:30 - 21:00


Löwengebäude, Uniplatz, Raum XIV
Halle (Saale), Deutschland