Hebraic Aspects of the Renaissance: Sources and Encounters An international conference at the University of Haifa, May 11-13, 2009

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The conference Hebraic Aspects of the Renaissance, held from May 11-13, 2009 at Haifa University "will explore the rich and multifaceted interactions of Jewish and Hebraic culture with the Renaissance world, roughly during the period 1350 to 1650. Following several fruitful RSA panels devoted to the theme, we now hope to bring the subject into sharper focus." (via H-Judaic)


Day 1
Registration and gathering, coffee

Welcome notes
Chair: Ilana Zinguer
Ambassadeur de France / Attaché Culturel
Dean / Rector
Ilana Zinguer (Centre de recherche de Civilisation Fran?aise)

Keynote I
Chair: Ilana Zinguer
Georges Molinié (Président, Sorbonne, Paris IV)
Postures et images juives par rapport à la culture baroque


Kabbalah I
Chair: Bernard Cooperman
Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale di Pisa)
Giulio Camillo’s Memory Theatre and the Kabbalah
Roni Weinstein (University of Pisa)
Sixteenth-Century Jewish Mysticism as a Catholic Baroque Phenomenon
Yossi Chajes (University of Haifa)
It's Good to See the King : Toward an Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Jewish Cosmological Cartography

Lunch break

Kabbalah II
Chair: Lina Bolzoni
Bernard Cooperman (University of Maryland)
Kabbalistic Enthusiasms of a Rabbi for Hire. The Sermons of Isaac di Lattes
Sheila Rabin (St. Peter's College)
Pico, Astrology, and Kabbalah
Dvora Bregman (Ben Gurion University)
Notes on the Poetry of Moses Zacuto


Religious Identities and Contexts I
Chair: Frank Lestringuant (Paris Sorbonne)
Ilana Zinguer (University of Haifa)
L'implicite à propos des Juifs de Rome (Journal de Voyage, Montaigne)
Annie Molinié (Sorbonne, Paris IV) and
Béatrice Perez (Université de Rennes)
Les premiers jésuites d'origine "conversa" (deuxième moitié du XVIe siècle): Diego Lainez, Polanco et les autres
Giuseppe Veltri (University of Halle)
Defining Jewish “Rituals” in the Early Modern Period: History of a Philosophical-Political Concept

Coffee break-------------------------

Keynote II
Chair: Abraham Melamed
Joanna Weinberg (Oxford University)
Jewish Wisdom and the Limits of Christian Hebraism

Reception (Consul de France, Haifa)
Frank Lestringant (Sorbonne, Paris IV)
Kabbale et cosmographie, de Guillaume Postel à Jacques d'Auzoles-Lapeyre

Day 2
Gathering, coffee

Hebraism, Poetry, and Drama I
Chair : Ofir Haivry (The Shalem Center)
Lauren Silberman (CUNY)
Aaron, The Brother Who Proves the Rule: Typological Negotiations in Titus Andronicus
Konrad Eisenbichler (University of Toronto)
Ancient Israel in the Religious Theatre of Renaissance Italy
Nancy Rosenfeld (University of Haifa)
'The Law of Moses as well as the Devil, Death, and Hell': John Bunyan and Christian Kabbalah


Hebraism, Poetry, and Drama II
Chair: Dvora Bregman (Ben Gurion University)
Elliott Simon (University of Haifa)
From Maimonides to Sir Philip Sidney: The Poet’s Prophetic Voice
Chanita Goodblatt (Ben Gurion University )
"Thy Firmness makes my Circles Just/And makes me end, where I begunne": Abraham Ibn Ezra and John Donne as Poet-Exegetes
Noam Flinker (University of Haifa)
“Free as the Road”: George Herbert’s Hebraic Texts
Philip Ford (Cambridge University)
The Place of Hebrew Poetry in the Teaching of Charles Utenhove

Lunch break-------------------------

Hebraism and Scholarship I: Antiquarianism and Philology
Chair : Philip Ford (Cambridge University)
Arthur Eyffinger (Huygens Institute)
Biblical Philology at Leiden University
Daniel Stein-Kokin (Yale University)
Egidio da Viterbo and Christian Hebraism in High Renaissance Rome.
Jonathan Elukin (Trinity College Hartford)
The Urim and Thumim and Christian Hebraism


Hebraism and Scholarship II: Chronology and Geography
Chair : Jonathan Elukin (Trinity College Hartford)
Avner Ben Zaken (Harvard Society of Fellows)
Hebraist Motives, Pythagorean Itineraries, and the Galilean Agendas of Naples: On the Margins of Text and Context
Zur Shalev ( University of Haifa)
Benjamin of Tudela, Spanish Discoverer
Fabrizio Lelli (University of Lecce)
The Role of Early Renaissance Geographical Discoveries in Yohanan Alemanno’s Messianic Thought

Coffee break-------------------------

Religious Identities and Contexts II
Chair: Myriam Yardeni (University of Haifa)
Sina Rauschenbach (University of Halle)
Dealing with Jewish Knowledge: Menasseh Ben Israel and the Christian Respublica Litteraria
Alessandro Guetta (INALCO – Paris)
The Debate on the Immortality of the soul in Early Modern Italy:
a symptom of closer Jewish-Christian dialogue?

Day 3
Gathering, coffee

The Hebrew Language and Its Practice
Chair: Noam Flinker (University of Haifa)
Arthur Lesley (Baltimore Hebrew College)
Yohanan Alemanno's Formulation of Hebrew Rhetorical Practice.
Kenneth Stow (University of Haifa)
Negotiating Self-Governance: Hebrew in the Service of Running the Jewish Universit?.
Yaacov Deutsch (Hebrew University and Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University)
Converting the New Testament: Hebrew Translations of the New Testament in the Early Modern Period


Hebraism and Political Theory I
Chair: Arthur Eyffinger (Huygens Institute)
Lea Campos Boralevi (University of Florence)
The Rise and Fall of the Respublica Hebraeorum as a Political Model in Early Modern Europe
Meirav Jones (The Shalem Center)
Philo Judaeus and Jewish Harmony in Grotius’ Laws of War and Peace
Yitzhak Lifshitz (The Shalem Center)
The Revival of the ideas of Medieval Ashkenaz in the 15th Century Political Thought of R. Yisrael Iserlin

Lunch break

Hebraism and Political Theory II
Chair: Zur Shalev (University of Haifa)
Ofir Haivry (The Shalem Center)
Jewish Sources of John Selden’s Idea of Church-State Relations
Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa)
The social reading of the Bible by English thinkers of the mid 17th century

Coffee break-------------------------

Isaac Abravanel
Chair : Arthur Lesley
Cedric Cohen Skalli (Tel Aviv University)
Isaac and Yehudah Abravanel on Genesis: A Case of Jewish Reception of Florentine Platonism
Vasileios Syros (University of Helsinki)
The Political Function of Rhetoric in Don Isaac Abravanel’s Political Thought
Abraham Melamed (University of Haifa)
The Reception of Abravanel in Early Modern Political Thought

Coffee break-------------------------

Yehudah Abravanel
Chair : Georges Molinié (Sorbonne, Paris IV)
Tristan Dagron (CNRS-Paris)
Giordano Bruno, lecteur des Dialoghi d’amore de Leone Ebreo
James W. Nelson Novoa (Villanova University)
Leone Ebreo’s Diologhi d’amore as a Pivotal Document of Judeo-Christian Relations in Renaissance Rome

Ending Note
David Baum (West Texas State A&M University)
Anti-Semitism, Race and the Renaissance in Fascist Italy


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