Jewish Biblical Studies Lecture to Take Place at UT

Posted Oct 25th, 2010 by Meghan Cunningham  Category: Community Interest


The diversity of Jewish biblical interpretation in priestly and scribal communities in the period following the Babylonian exile will be the topic of the 2010 annual Philip Markowicz Lecture.

Dr. James Waddell, The University of Toledo visiting assistant professor of Jewish biblical studies, will give the lecture titled “Priests, Scribes and Sacred Texts: The Diversity of Biblical Interpretation in the Second Temple Period,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 in the Law School Auditorium.

“I will discuss the extraordinary diversity of groups in that era and how they interpreted the biblical text; as well as examples of how it worked out in practice and how it affects us today,” Waddell said.

The Philip Markowicz lecture is sponsored by the Toledo area Markowicz family, who support a visiting assistant professor to teach Jewish studies each year at the University.

“Part of the visiting assistant professor’s job description is to give the lecture, which is open to the UT community and the public, in order to enhance religious understanding,” said Jeanine Diller, director of UT’s Initiative for Religious Understanding.

The Markowicz lecture, which Waddell said is an excellent opportunity to learn about Jewish history, is one of six annual lectures put on by UT Initiative for Religious Understanding.

For more information contact the Department of Philosophy at 419.530.6190.

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