Yair Zakovitch on the Song of Songs versus Biblical Narrative

On February 21, 2018, Professor emeritus Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University) delivered the first 2018 Lagrange lecture at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, entitled “On Love and Beauty: The Complex Relations between the Song of Songs and Biblical Narrative.”

For decades it has been customary—indeed nearly academic dogma—to isolate the literary traditions of the Song from wider biblical traditions, especially prophetic literature and the scriptural narratives recounting Israel’s story. Recently, however, some scholars have begun to press arguments for recognizing inter-biblical allusions in the Song, working to re-integrate this unique specimen of biblical love-poetry within a broader biblical thought-world. The presentation of Prof. Zakovitch belongs within this budding debate and provided a sneak preview of material that will soon appear in his forthcoming study: The Song of Songs: Riddle of Riddles (T&T Clark, September 2018).

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Yair Zakovitch on Esther: “Where is God Hiding?”

Professor Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delivered a talk on the Book of Esther, the only biblical book which does not mention God. The lecture, entitled “Where is God Hiding?‘ was part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted January 30, 2005.

The talk is available in m4a audio format:

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Yair Zakovitch on Intermarriage, Ruth versus Ezra and Deuteronomy

Professor Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delivered a talk on “Intermarriage And Halachic Creativity” as part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted Feburary 17, 2005.

The talk is available in m4a audio format:

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Yair Zakovitch – The Concept Of Miracle In The Bible

Professor Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delivered a talk on “The Concept Of Miracle In The Bible” as part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted January 21, 2005.

The talk is available in m4a audio format:

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Yair Zakovitch – Historical Criticism as Literary Archaeology

Professor Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delivered a talk on historical criticism as “Literary Archaeology” as part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted January 19, 2005.

The talk is available in m4a audio format:

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Yair Zakovitch – Life Beyond Life In The Bible

Professor Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delivered a talk on “Life Beyond Life In The Bible” as part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted January 20, 2005.

The talk is available in m4a audio format:

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Genesis: Origins of the Universe and Humankind

The program title for the 73rd meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was “Genesis: Origins of the Universe and Humankind”. The meeting involved professors from various disciplines within the university, including the following offerings from biblical scholarship:

Sunday June 6, 2010

Prof. Yair Zakovitch – From Creation to History (1:19:55)
Prof. Rachel Elior – Mystical Perspectives on Creation (1:50:20)

Tuesday June 8, 2010

Prof. Nili Wazana – Forever Outsiders: The Origins of Israel According to the Bible (1:08:05)