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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Johann Buxtorf the Elder and his Synagogue of the Jews - EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

7th March 2018, 09:30 to 12:50, IAS Seminar Room, Professor Joanna Weinberg, University of Oxford.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO PLANNED INDUSTRIAL ACTION, THIS WORKSHOP HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

A presentation/workshop around the figure of the great Hebraist Johann Buxtorf the Elder (1569-1629) and his highly influential and popular work entitled The Jewish Synagogue; originally written in German and then translated into many languages and often described as an ethnography. Professor Weinberg is working on this figure together with Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and they argue that the work should not be classified as an ethnography, but rather as a vicious polemic against Judaism.

Attendees will discuss how to evaluate the work which is most certainly directed against 'the religious other'.

Primary reading:
Johann Buxtorf, JuedenSchul, (Basel, 1603) chapters 1 and 2. (There is online modern English translation by Alan Corre, and other early modern translations in many languages including Latin and English).
Secondary literature:
Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg, 'Johann Buxtorf makes a Notebook' in Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices. A Global Approach, eds. A. Grafton and G. Most, Cambridge 20116, pp. 275-98.

Places are limited, so booking is essential.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO PLANNED INDUSTRIAL ACTION, THIS WORKSHOP HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

Joanna Weinbery is Emerita Early Modern Jewish History and Rabbinics, University of Oxford where, until the end of the academic year 2016-7, she taught Rabbinics and medieval and early modern Jewish history and literature for the Oriental Faculty.

Professor Weinberg collaborated with Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) on the Hebrew studies of the great Huguenot scholar Isaac Casaubon (Harvard University Press, 2011) Together with Anthony Grafton she is presently engaged in an investigation of the major German Reformed Hebraist Johann Buxtorf and his paradoxical approaches to Jews and Jewish literature, and, with Michael Fishbane, edited and contributed to Midrash Unbound. Transformations and Innovations (Littman Library, 2013).

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.