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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

Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the Bible and rabbinic literature, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge UP). Aaron also as a longstanding involvement in the Drisha Institute, where he teaches Talmud and biblical interpretation. He lives in Queens with... Read More →


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