9 2019

UM Frankel Center Event: Jonathan Decter

4:00PM - 5:30PM  

Thayer Building 202 S. Thayer
Room 2022
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
7347639047 judaicstudies@umich.edu

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Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University

Jeroboam Ben Nabat, a pretender to the throne of ancient Israel who had created a rival cult outside of Jerusalem replete with golden calves dedicated to the worship of Yahweh (1 Kings 15), was a contested figure within medieval Jewish thought. Post-biblical sources tend either to magnify or diminish the severity of the king’s error. This paper will study how Jeroboam’s image was shaped through forces of intra- and inter-religious polemic and served as a focal point for contemplating issues of Jewish orthodoxy and heterodoxy as well as the nature and boundaries of idolatry. 


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