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Conf/Prog - The Bible in the Renaissance, 22-25 May 2017, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Event Date:

May 22, 2017 - May 25, 2017

Opportunity Cover Image - Conf/Prog - The Bible in the Renaissance, 22-25 May 2017, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel







The Bible in the Renaissance

May 22-25, 2017

All lectures will take place at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, on the Edmond J. Safra, Givat Ram Campus


  • Yaakov-Akiva Mascetti (Bar-Ilan University)

Scientific Committee:

  • Noam Flinker (Haifa University & The Technion)
  • Chanita Goodblatt (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  • William Kolbrener (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Jenn Lewin (Haifa University & The Technion)


Monday, 22 May

09:00 - 09:30: Registration

09:30 - 10:30: Opening Speeches and Acknowledgments

  • Chair: Yaakov Mascetti (Department of Comparative Literature) 
  • Opening and Acknowledgments

10:30 - 11:30: Keynote Lecture I 

  • John Monfasani (State University of New York (SUNY)) 
  • "In Defense of Erasmus's Critics"

11:30 - 11:45: Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00: Historical Perspective I: The Jews and the Bible in the Renaissance 

  • Sara Offenberg (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)։ 
  • “'When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do': On Some Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts of the Bible in Renaissance Italy" 
  • Debra Kaplan (Bar-Ilan University) 
  • "The Bible, Gender, and Early Modern Solicitations for Charity" 
  • Anna Nizza (The Israel Museum, Jerusalem) 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:30: Historical Perspectives II 

  • Jeffrey Miller (Montclair State University) 
  • Judith Maltby (University of Oxford) 
  • "'Hearing the Word': the Bible and Public Worship in Post-Reformation England" 
  • Alec Ryrie (Durham University) 
  • "Reason, Inspiration and Doubt in Protestant Views of Scripture's Authority"

15:30 - 15:45: Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:15: Historical Perspectives III 

  • Gordon Campbell (University of Leicester) 
  • "The Renaissance Bible and Channels of Influence" 
  • Raz Chen-Morris (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 
  • "'Allegories Lost': Reading the Bible and Observing Nature in Early Modern Europe" 
  • Serena Di Nepi (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza") 

20:00 - 22:30։ Reception

Tuesday, 23 May

09:00 - 09:15։ Coffee Break

09:15 - 10:15 Keynote Lecture II

  • James Nohrnberg (University of Virginia)
  • "'Witness and Allusion': Renarrativizing and Re- plotting Scripture in the Italian and English Poets, from Dante to Milton"

10:15 - 10:45։ Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:30 Historical Perspectives IV 

  • Jon Whitman (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 
  • “Reversing the Roles in Early Modern Christian Thought: Jews, Christians, and the ‘Literal Sense’ of Scripture” 
  • Jonathan Stavsky (Tel Aviv University) 
  • "Scripture and Literature: Biblical Memes and Their Medieval Afterlives" 
  • Alison Knight (University of Cambridge) 
  • “The Lamentations of Jeremy, for the Most Part According to Tremellius”’ 
  • Kirsten Macfarlane (Oxford University) 
  • "'Translating the ‘Hebraeo-Hellenic Apostles': Hugh Broughton (1549-1612) and the intellectual contexts of the English New Testament"

12:30 - 13:30։ Լunch

13:30 - 15:00։ Shakespeare and the Bible 

  • Thomas Fulton (Rutgers University) 
  • Kirsten Poole (University of Delaware) 
  • “Hamlet’s Puns and Allegorical Hermeneutics” 
  • Steven Marx (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
  • "Shakespeare reading Paul: Pious and Impious Fraud in The Winter’s Tale”

15:00 - 15:15։ Coffee Break

15:15 - 16:45։ The Bible in Late-Medieval and Renaissance

  • Drama 
  • Chanita Goodblatt (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) 
  • "Monarch, Maiden, and Fool: The Book of Esther in Early Modern English, German and Yiddish
  • Sharon Aronson-Lehavi (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Yair Lipshitz (Tel Aviv University)
  • "From Text to Textile: Biblical Allusion and Stage Costumes in Leone de' Sommi's 'Comedy of Betrothal'"

16:45 - 17:05: Coffee Break

17:05 - 18:05: John Milton and the Bible 

  • Noam Reisner (Tel Aviv University) 
  • "Rethinking Milton's Hebraic God" 
  • Tzachi Zamir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)  
  • “Paradise Lost and Contemporary Philosophy of Literature” 
  • Jason Rosenblatt (Georgetown University) 
  • "Synthesizing Imaginations: John Selden and John Milton"

20:30 - 22:45: Biblical Dinner at "Eucalyptus"

Wednesday, 24 May

09:00 - 09:15: Coffee Break

09:15 - 10:15 Keynote Lecture III

  • Debora Shuger (University of California, Los Angeles)

10:15 - 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:15 The Bible in English Renaissance Literature and Early-Modern Political Thought and Theology 

  • Martin Elsky (Brooklyn College – CUNY) 
  • Rocco Coronato (University of Padova) 
  • "'Head Carrier': Shakespeare and the Baroque Judith" 
  • William Kolbrener (Bar-Ilan University) 
  • Travis DeCook (Carleton University) 
  • "The Origins of the Bible and Early Modern Political Theology"

12:15 - 13:15: Lunch

13:15 - 14:45: The Bible in English Renaissance Literature I 

  • Peter Herman (San Diego State University) 
  • “Back to Basics: Samson Agonistes and the Book of Judges Revisited” 
  • David Marno (University of California, Berkeley) 
  • "Psalm Translations and Devotional Poetry in Early-Modern England" 
  • Noam Flinker (University of Haifa) 
  • "Homer and the Rewriting the Hebrew Bible: George Chapman and John Bunyan"

14:45 - 15:00: Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:30: The Bible in English Renaissance Literature II 

  • Feisal Mohamed (City University of New York) 
  • “Uzzah, Hobbes, and the Plight of the Modern Subject”
  • Beatrice Groves (Oxford University) 
  • "The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature" 
  • Jeffrey Shoulson (University of Connecticut) 
  • “Holy Land Maps and Jewish History in Early Modern Bibles”

16:30 - 16:45: Coffee Break

16:45 - 18:15: The Scriptures on the Stage 

  • Tovi Bibring (French Studies) 
  • "The Art of Biblical Phrase in the Service of the Art of Seduction: Imanu'el Ha-Romi as a case study"
  • Jenn Lewin (University of Haifa)
  • Abigail Marcus (University of Chicago)

Thursday, 25 May

Excursions - Old City of Jerusalem and Galilee

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February 11, 2017


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