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Montefiore Lecture 2019 Event

James Parkes
5 November 2019
Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of an annual series of lectures organised by the Parkes Institute.

“St Jerome and the ‘secrets of Hebrew learning’”

During his own lifetime St Jerome was a controversial figure within the Latin Church, but the gradual acceptance of his version of the Old Testament translated from the Hebrew ensured the lasting respect of Western Christians for his scholarship. But from the point of view of Jewish-Christian relations St Jerome is a highly ambivalent figure who mined his Hebrew informants for their insights into Scripture for his own purposes while characterizing Jewish interpretations of the same Scriptures as carnal or ridiculous. The lecture explores the complexities of the religious world in the late fourth century.

Alison Salvesen
Alison Salvesen


Please note this is a free event however you will need to book a place via Eventbrite to attend this lecture, a link will appear here in due course.


Please note this lecture will be livestreamed - you can join the lecture here

Speaker information

Professor Alison Salvesen ,University of Oxford,Alison Salvesen is Professor of Early Judaism and Christianity at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in Oxford, and Polonsky Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Her work has often focused on the phenomenon of ancient biblical translation and the interactions between Jews and Christians over the meaning of the Hebrew text.

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