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Hindy Najman
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

"Prophetic Ends: Concepts of Revelation in Ancient Judaism"
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Wed., Feb. 28, 2007, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall
Hindy Najman (PhD. Harvard University, 1998) is Associate Professor of Ancient Judaism in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in the University of Toronto. Her areas of expertise are Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, Hebrew Bible and the History of Jewish Interpretation. Her monograph, Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (Brill 2003) studies authority and authorship in ancient Judaism, focusing on Moses as a central figure to whom authoritative scripture is ascribed in ancient Judaism. Non-anachronistic consideration of Mosaic attribution sheds light on the intimate connection between interpretation and scripture production.

Professor Najman has written articles on Hebrew Bible, Philo of Alexandria, Ezra-Nehemiah, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Jubilees. More recently she co-edited The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel (Brill 2004). She recently published an essay in Dead Sea Discoveries entitled ?Towards a Study of the Uses of the Concept of Wilderness in Ancient Judaism.? Over the past year she has given a number of talks on her current book project ?Prophetic Ends? (forthcoming 2007). Najman was just named as one of the editors of the Journal for the Study of Judaism and for the Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series. In addition, she is currently thematics issues editor for Dead Sea Discoveries and was the book review editor for Studia Philonica Annual from 2002-2006.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.
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