Wednesday
Sep192012

BBC World Service

Heart And Soul (Religious Documentary Series): Clive Lawton travels to north Manchester to find out how the growth of Orthodox Jewish communities is affecting the faith. He and CJS fellow Dr Yaakov Wise meet various community leaders and discuss the changes taking effect. The programme will be broadcast 22 Sept 2012. Listen again.

Wednesday
Sep192012

Podcast of Sherman Lectures 2012

We are delighted to announce that the 2012 Sherman Lectures by Philip Alexander on 'The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited' are now available to see online. The lectures are entitled: 1. What is Jewish Messianism? 2. Messianism as an Historical-Political Process. 3. The Messiah as a Spiritual Redeemer. 4. “Neutralizations” of Messianism, Summary and Conclusions. Further information.

Wednesday
Sep192012

Research seminar programme 2012

We are delighted to annouce the research seminar programme for 2012-13. Most of the seminars this year have an Israel Studies theme, complementing the 2013 Sherman Lectures by Derek Penslar, who holds the first Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Oxford. In both semesters, the seminars will take place on Thursdays at 16:00 in room A7 in Samuel Alexander Building. Topics include The recognition of Israel as a Jewish State: Meanings and Challenges, Digital wars: social media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Arabs and the Holocaust, Policing the Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel, The EU and Israel: troubled neighbours?, An historical analysis of Turkish-Israeli relations, Israel has moved (Israël a déménagé). Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

New Publication

'Progressive Judaism.' Co-director Daniel Langton has co-edited the Judaism section and contributed to the multivolume Encyclopaedia of Sciences and Religions (Heidelberg: Springer, 2012). Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

New Publication

'The Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the United Kingdom.' CJS fellow George Brooke has contributed to The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective: A History of Research, ed. D. Dimant (Leiden: Brill, 2012). Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

New Publication

'The Pesharim and Prophetic Interpretation at Qumran.' CJS fellow George Brooke has contributed to A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism, ed. M. Henze (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012). Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

New Publication

Commentary on Psalms. CJS fellow Adrian Curtis has published Psalms (Epworth Commentaries 2004), reprinted with minor corrections, Eugene Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2012. This is an accessible commentary on the most widely read book of the Old Testament. Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

Public Lecture, University of Haifa

The rhetoric of bourgeois revolution and the 'Jewification of society'. On 16 January 2012, CJS fellow Marcel Stoetzler gave a lecture at the Bucerius Institute for Research of German Contemporary History and Society. Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

Anglican Clergy Training

Public Plenary on Jewish Mission. On Thu 26 July, CJS fellow Reuven Silverman and co-director Daniel Langton contributed to an Anglican clergy training day at Liverpool Hope University for the Southern North West Training Partnership on the subject of Jewish and Christian views on Mission. Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

New Publication

Antitheodicy, Atheodicy and Jewish Mysticism in Holocaust Theology. This is the publication of a PhD thesis produced within the Centre by Dan Garner (supervised by co-director Daniel Langton). The Holocaust has provoked many different Jewish theological responses. One of these has been the rejection and replacement of traditional theodicies which explain and justify suffering, with responses centred on ideas on recovery, consolation and divine mystery. Another is the use of Jewish mystical themes. This study shows how the presence of Jewish mysticism can be explained, at least in part, by this post-Holocaust collapse of theodicy. Further information.

Friday
Aug312012

Manchester Jewish Museum

Public lecture on Moses Gaster. On Sunday 12 August, Maria Haralambakis gave a lecture at the MJM entitled 'Moses Gaster (1856-1939): His Life and Work, Illustrated by the Gaster Collection at the John Rylands University Library Manchester.' Further information 

Friday
Aug312012

Melilah

Supplementary volume of Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies. This volume is entitled Normative Judaism? Jews, Judaism and Jewish Identity and is the Proceedings of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) conference 2008, edited by Daniel R. Langton and Philip S. Alexander. Melilah is the Centre's interdisciplinary journal and is now available not only as an electronic journal but also in book form, published by Gorgias Press. The journal is concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Further information.

Monday
Apr302012

New Publication

Torah from HeavenCJS honorary research fellow Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon has published Torah from Heaven: The Reconstruction of Faith (2012). Traditional Jewish religious belief speaks of a divinely revealed, perfect text, authoritatively expounded. The question this book addresses is one with which the author has struggled all his life: in the light of historical criticism, advances in knowledge, and changing moral attitudes, is the traditional notion of divine revelation and authoritative interpretation still valid? Further information

Monday
Apr302012

Research seminar, St Andrews

Database Project presentation. Prof. Alex Samely, co-director of the CJS, gave a talk on the 'Database for the Analysis of Anonymous and Pseudepigraphic Jewish Literature of Antiquity' to the Biblical Studies Seminar of St Andrews University on 26 April. Further information

Monday
Apr302012

Melilah  

Printed editions of the Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies. Melilah is the Centre's interdisciplinary journal and is now available not only as an electronic journal but also in book form, published by Gorgias Press. The journal is concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Back editions available in book form include vol. 6 (2009) and vol. 7 (2010), with vol. 5 (2008) to appear shortly. Further information

Friday
Apr272012

Liverpool Hope University

Lecture: Jewish Views of Idolatry.  Prof. Melissa Raphael-Levine (University of Gloucester) will speak on 'Jewish Views of Idolatry - and their Relevance to Contemporary Popular Culture'. Date: Thursday 3 May 2012 at 5.30 p.m. Venue: Lecture Theatre B of the World of Difference Lecture Block, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD (next to the Security Lodge, turning left on Taggart Avenue from the Woolton Road end). Tea will be available in the foyer outside the Lecture Theatre from 5.00 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Friday
Apr272012

Manchester Mini-Limmud

'Jewish identity in the 21st century'.  CJS honorary research fellow, Dr. Yaakov Wise, will speak on the subject of 'Jewish Identity in the 21st Century' at the Manchester Mini-Limmud, Sunday 13 May, 5-8pm, Manchester Jewish MuseumFurther information.

Friday
Apr272012

Two Day Workshop, Liverpool University

Religious Symbolism and Discrimination: Academic and Faith Perspectives.  On 25-26 May, CJS honorary research fellow Harry Lesser will be contributing to this two day workshop which, as part of the Arts-and-Humanities Research Council’s 'Connected Communities' programme, aims to reassess the relationship between religion and symbolism as this affects religious discrimination cases. In particular, it will examine the specific question of when, if ever, it should be permissible to discriminate against the wearing or exhibition of religious symbols. Venue: Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool. Further information.

Friday
Apr272012

Council of Europe: conference paper

Living Memories of the Holocaust in Contemporary Society.  Dr. Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in Holocaust Studies, will present a paper on 'The Place of Memory of the Holocaust in Historical Studies' at the Council of Europe international conference: Mémoires Vivantes de l’Holocauste dans la Société Contemporaine in Strasbourg, 1 June 2012.

Friday
Apr272012

Public Lecture, Nanjing University

'Modern Jewish Identities'.  Dr. Elliot Cohen, CJS honorary research fellow and Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, will give a lecture on 'Modern Jewish Identities' at the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Nanjing on 6 June 2012.