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19:00 - 20:00 22 October 2015

Leon Yudkin memorial lecture: Moses' Jewish problem


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet, is the former Principal of Leo Baeck College. As well as teaching there as Emeritus Professor of Bible, he lectures regularly on Biblical and Jewish topics at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan. He is the author of several popular books on literary approaches to the Hebrew Bible, co-editor of prayerbooks for the Movement for Reform Judaism and editor of the Journal European Judaism.

This memorial lecture is sparked by Leon Yudkin's interest in Jewish Identity. The title 'Moses' Jewish Problem' is, of course, anachronistic, but the lecture does address a major Biblical puzzle: How did Moses know that he was a 'Hebrew' so that he was prepared to intervene on their behalf and risk his status as an Egyptian prince? We will look at a couple of 'Hollywood' solutions but then examine in detail Biblical passages that seem to address this question. A related aspect is the ambivalence with which he was viewed by the Hebrews, attitudes that were to challenge him throughout the wilderness years.


Sara BenIsaac
+44 (0)20 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


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