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Sunday, February 16 • 8:30am - 9:45am
Judah Halevi on the Hebrew Language: Sacred in Secular Context

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Ironically, one of the most skilled and celebrated poets of the Middle Ages, Judah Halevi (c. 1075-1141), was also one of the most outspoken denouncers of the craft. The fervor of his polemic against Arabic-style Hebrew poetry in The Kuzari is quite striking, but so is the passion with which he defends and praises the Hebrew language. This session will explore the relationship between these two aspects of Halevi's poetic and linguistic theory in religious and historical context.


Sharon Naveh

Sharon Naveh holds two Masters Degrees: one in Hebrew Literature from JTS and one in English from Villanova. She has studied Arabic, Spanish, and Comparative Literature. Her research specialty is Medieval Hebrew Literature, and she has delivered papers at a number of conferences on this subject. She is also the author of the article "Hebrew as the Holy Tongue: Judah Al-Harizi and Divine Eloquence," which appears in the collection Word, Image... Read More →

Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
High Ridge

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