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“Breathing out violence:” Fake News and other dangerous speech in Ancient Israel

Emerging Scholars Lecture with Emily Branton, department of religious studies


Monday, November 14, 2022, 5:30pm

Remote event via Zoom. Registration is required on Eventbrite:

Co-sponsored by: UNC Department of Religious Studies


In the era of social media, we are acutely aware of how dangerous a tweet, a sound bite, or a pernicious piece of medical misinformation can be. This might feel like uncharted territory, but Ancient Israelites in the biblical period also lived in a world of dangerous and even deadly speech. Join us to explore descriptions of, and responses to, dangerous speech in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern literature.

Emily Branton earned a BA in Religion from Smith College, and an MA in Religion from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of religious studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the 2022-23 Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Dissertation Completion Fellow. She writes and teaches about the Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near Eastern literature, pedagogy, and translation.



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