Michael Fishbane – 1990 Stroum Lectures: This Kiss of God: Spiritual Death in Jewish Religious History

Professor Michael Fishbane (University of Chicago) delivered the 1990 Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington: “This Kiss of God: Spiritual Death in Jewish Religious History”.

Lecture 1 (April 24, 1990), “Paths of Ascent to God in Jewish Spirituality”:

Lecture 2 (April 26, 1990), “The Martyr & the Mystic”:

Lecture 3 (April 30, 1990), “Rituals of Prayer and Sanctification”:

Robert Alter – 1987 Stroum Lectures: The Invention of Hebrew Prose

Professor Robert Alter (University of California, Berkeley) delivered the 1987 Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington: “The Invention of Hebrew Prose: Literary Language and the Dilemma of Mimesis”.

 

Lecture 1:

Lecture 2:

Lecture 3:

Yael Zerubavel – 2009 Stroum Lectures: Encounters with the Past

Professor Yael Zerubavel (Rutgers University) delivered the 2009 Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington: “Encounters with the Past: Remembering the Bygone in Israeli Culture”.

Professor Zerubavel examines the construction and reconstruction of collective memory. The first lecture examines the use of antiquity for Zionist and nationalist interests in modern Israel.

Lecture 1: “Bridges to Antiquity”

Lecture 2: “Mirrors of Galut (Exile) in the Homeland”

Lecture 3: “When the New Becomes Old”

 

 

Michael Walzer on Biblical Politics

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Professor Michael Walzer, of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, delivered the 2008 Samuel & Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. Each is available on YouTube. The topic of Michael Walzer’s lecture series is “Biblical Politics”.

Part 1
Where Were the Elders?

Part 2
Prophecy and Criticism

Part 3
The Meaning of Kingship

Ilana Pardes on the Song of Solomon and Shmuel Agnon

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Professor Ilana Pardes, of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, delivered the 2010 Samuel & Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. The lectures discuss Shmuel Agnon’s novel Yesteryear and the methods of Zionist and modern secular exegesis of the Hebrew Bible. The audio of each lecture is available in mp3 format.

April 25
“‘Upon the Handles of the Lock’: Agnon, Balak and the Israeli Bible”

April 27
“Agnon’s Ethnographies of Love and the Quest for the Ultimate Song”