Anthony Grafton: 23 March 2013

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The last of the Anthony Grafton talk-series at UBC is on Saturday evening:

HOW JESUS CELEBRATED PASSOVER: THE RENAISSANCE DISCOVERY OF THE JEWISH ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY
Lecture Hall No. 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC)
Presented by the Vancouver Institute
8:15 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2013 (doors open at 7:30pm)
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century scholars came to see, as clearly as contemporary specialists on the New Testament, that Christianity began as a Jewish sect.  As they learned more about Jewish teachings, rituals and traditions, they came to see counterparts to many of them, unexpectedly, in the New Testament itself.  And as always, where the New Testament text gave few details, imaginative scholarship filled them in. This lecture tells the story of how these scholars reconstructed the last Seder that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, on the evening of the Last Supper, and seeks to explain why they found this enterprise compelling and revealing. See here for the Vancouver Institute event page.

For more about Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor program, please see the Green College website here.

CECIL H. AND IDA GREEN VISITING PROFESSOR AT UBC, 19-23 MARCH 2013

ANTHONY GRAFTON

Anthony Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. His special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance. His many acclaimed books include studies of major figures in early modern European intellectual history (Leon Battista Alberti, Girolamo Cardano, Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon), The Footnote: A Curious History (1997), What Was History? (2006), Christianity and the Transformation of the Book (2006), Codex in Crisis (2009), andHumanists with Inky Fingers: The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe (2011). He is a regular contributor to the The New Republic and The New York Review of Books, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and a past President of the American Historical Association. His current research project focusses on the collapse of the biblical regime of historical time in Europe in the first half of the 17th century.

ALL TALKS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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