"Conflict Theory"

"Conflict Theory"
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Distinguished Lecture Series titled “​​Separation Anxieties: Jews, Judaism, and the Creation of Christianity” with Professor Adele Reinhartz


Thursday, February 9, 2023

6 p.m. EST

With an introduction by Mara Foley and a Faculty Response by Emanuel Fiano
In-person (location TBD) and online via Zoom Webinar (link included in confirmation email)

 

About the lecture series: The process by which Christians came to view themselves as separate from and even over against Jews remains one of the “hot” topics among historians and theologians of the Christian movement. In these lectures, Adele Reinhartz will consider three of the main ways that scholars from the late 19th century to the present have tried to account for this process. She will suggest that these theories reflect at least as much about the eras in which their proponents live(d) as it does the ancient evidence.


Lecture #3: From the late 20th century to the present, the process by which Christianity became an entity separate from Judaism is most often described by the metaphor “the parting of the ways.” Even those who critique the metaphor end up using it. This metaphor is built around the notion of conflict between ancient Jews and the Jesus community, but, like the “’mother-daughter” metaphor, it reflects the sensibilities of scholars at least as much as it does the ancient evidence. What does this mean for how we might talk about Christian origins in the future?


Adele Reinhartz is a Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. She has authored nine books, including Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2001), Cast Out of the Covenant: Jesus, Jews and Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John (2018), and most recently, Bible and Cinema: An Introduction (2nd edition, 2022). Adele was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2005 and into the American Academy for Jewish Research in 2014.  She was the General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature (2012-19), and President of the Society of Biblical Literature (2020). In 2021 Adele was awarded the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize, given to one Canadian researcher annually by the Humboldt Foundation (Germany).

 

Emanuel Fiano is an Assistant Professor in the Theology Department at Fordham University, where he researches the intellectual history of late ancient Christianity, with a particular focus on Syriac and Coptic literature, on religious controversies, on Christian-Jewish relations, and on canonical production. His first monograph, Three Powers in Heaven: The Emergence of Theology and the Parting of the Ways, is forthcoming in June 2023 from Yale University Press. 


This event is co-sponsored by Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies, Fordham’s Theology Department, and the American Academy for Jewish Research.





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