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Saturday, February 15 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Hebrew in Colonial America: The Jewish Language in a Christian Land

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We will encounter some colorful characters teaching Hebrew at places such as Harvard in the 18th century. We will explore questions such as who studied Hebrew, who taught Hebrew, whether a Jew could get a job at a Christian college, and why anyone wanted to study Hebrew anyway. This period also provides the background for some of the thought of our Founding Fathers.

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Aaron Koller

Professor, Yeshiva University
Aaron Koller is professor of Near Eastern Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies Semitic languages. He is the author of Unbinding Isaac: The Significance of the Akedah for Modern Jewish Thought (JPS/University of Nebraska Press, 2020) and Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought... Read More →

Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST

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