Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room
In Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion (Rutgers, 2018), Daniel Boyarin (Rhetoric and Near Eastern Studies) makes the bold claim that the very concept of a religion of Judaism is an invention of the Christian church. He argues that although the world treats the word Judaism as appropriate for naming an alleged religion of the Jews, it is in fact a Christian theological concept adopted by Jews only with the coming of modernity and the spread of Christian languages.
Boyarin is joined by Niklaus Largier (German and Comparative Literature). After a brief discussion of the book, they open the floor for discussion.
Light refreshments are provided at Book Chats. Feel free to bring your own lunch.