What Are Jews For? The History of the Idea of Jewish Chosenness | Interdisciplinary Programs

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00pm

Moyer Hall, Miller Forum, Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg College and Berman Center at Lehigh

What Are Jews For?
The History of the Idea of Jewish Chosenness
The biblical ‘election of Israel’ – the setting apart of the Jews by God, as recipients of divine protection, and bearers of special holiness – has been the focus of fascination and repeated reappraisal by both Jews and non-Jews throughout the modern era. This theological concept lies at the heart of a broader question: what is the particular purpose of Jews in the world?

In this lecture Professor Sutcliffe will trace the history of the ‘Jewish Purpose Question’ from its biblical and medieval roots, through key early modern thinkers such as Spinoza and Moses Mendelssohn, and up to the twenty-first century.

Professor Adam Sutcliffe
Kings College London

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Moyer Hall, Miller Forum
Muhlenberg College
Open to the public
Kosher dessert reception following lecture.


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General Public, Undergrad Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni



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610-758-3996 | incasip@lehigh.edu

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