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Faith on the Altar: Abraham's Near-Sacrafice of Isaac in Jewish Thought


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November 7, 2011:

The intensely troubling story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac has been central in Jewish thought and biblical interpretation. Jewish thinkers in ancient, medieval and modern times have used this story to think about questions like the meaning and purpose of sacrifice, the nature of Divine mercy, and even to call into question God's justice. This lecture will show how midrashic and medieval interpretation made this story a Jewish one, deeply connected to Jewish ritual, practice, history and

Dr. Devorah Schoenfeld is Assistant Professor of Theology, Judaism at Loyola University Chicago. She previously taught at St. Mary's College of Maryland, University of California - Davis, and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Her MA is from the Hebrew University and her doctorate is from the Graduate Theological Union. Her book, Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars, comparing Jewish and Christian interpretations of the near-sacrifice of Isaac, is forthcoming in spring 2012.

Featuring: Devorah Schoenfeld