Revealed Beauty and Hidden Danger: On Jewish Books of Time in Early Modern Europe with Elisheva Carlebach
April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Revealed Beauty and Hidden Danger: On Jewish Books of Time in Early Modern Europe
Early modern Jews developed a beautifully illustrated manuscript tradition about their calendar. The need to enclose the Christian calendar as well sometimes got them into trouble. This talks examines the little known “books of time” tradition with particular emphasis on the ways it embodied the tension of living as a religious minority in the age of religious wars.
Elisheva Carlebach, Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society, Columbia University, specializes in the cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the Jews in Early Modern Europe. Her books include The Pursuit of Heresy (1990), awarded the National Jewish Book Award, Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Early Modern Germany (2000) and Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe (2011), winner of the AJS Schnitzer Prize. She has served as President of the American Academy for Jewish Research and is currently Director, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia. In 2017 she was awarded the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award.