Jewish Theological Seminary
New York, NY 10027
Much of Jewish history can be viewed as a struggle between competing textual traditions, often motivated by the reintroduction and reappropriation of lost texts. The redacted texts of the biblical and rabbinic canons; the revelations of the Genizah and the Dead Sea Scrolls; the invention and revision of Jewish literary traditions by the scholars, writers, artists and thinkers of Jewish modernity – each of these discoveries of lost texts has served to complicate and expand the borders of Jewish life in the past and in the present.
Lost Texts: A Graduate Student Conference at The Jewish Theological Seminary will explore lost texts as central objects of inquiry that reflect on how Jewish Studies itself is a site where forgotten or marginalized traditions become present through the mediation of academic discourse. Dr. Beth Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will present a keynote address entitled “Lost in Interpretation: Multiple Meanings, Midrash, and Making Jewish Identities.”
Check-in will begin at 9:30 am on Sunday, April 29, 2012.