Rome and the Jewish Imagination
Prof. Daniel Stein Kokin
The historical relationship between the city of Rome and the Jewish people is fraught with paradox. As capital of a mighty empire and center of a missionizing church, Rome for Jews has often appeared a source of unyielding oppression and persecution. Yet Jews have lived continuously in Rome for more than 2,000 years, longer than in virtually any other city in the world. According to legend, even the Messiah is among them, biding his time in Rome until the end of days. Rome for the Jews is thus at once symbolic of exile and home, of destruction and redemption. This talk investigates the significance of Rome for Jewish history and identity. It compares and contrasts Rome and Israel as chosen nations invested with world-historical purpose, explores the tradition of Rome as the biblical Edom, traces the links between Rome and Jewish messianism and Zionism, and considers the unique features and experience of the Roman Jewish community. In sum, this presentation offers an in-depth examination of the vexed ties binding the ""eternal city"" and ""immortal people"" (as Mark Twain described the Jews).*
*""All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?""
$10.00 per person (if register prior to October 27, 2019)
FREE for CSP 5780 members and educators who register early
$18.00 at the door
Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)