'Can The Hebrew Bible Shed Light on Modern Day Issues?' A Two Day Confrence, Sponsered By Several Local Jewish Law Institutes

March 12, 2008 - by CityGuide News

Can The Hebrew Bible Shed Light on Modern Day Issues

And the Global Political Landscape?

Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law at Hebrew University Law School Host Forum

Examining the Bible and How it Relates to Modern Thought March 16, 17

Legal scholars, political theorists, philosophers, and professors of religious studies from around the world will explore how the Hebrew Bible can serve as a valuable resource to modern thought and global politics at a two-day conference sponsored by Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law at Hebrew University Law School.

WHEN: Sunday, March 16th and Monday, March 17th

WHERE: at Cardozo, 55 Fifth Ave. (at 12th St.), New York.

“Today there is a new appreciation of the riches that diverse religious traditions contribute to modern thought and of the importance of religion in global politics,” said Suzanne Last Stone, director of YU’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL). “In this new intellectual and political climate, American constitutional law theorists, as well as political and legal theorists, are increasingly turning to the Hebrew Bible as a valuable asset for modern thought. Yet, the reasons for the emergence of the Bible in contemporary intellectual discourse and the various purposes to which it has been put have never been adequately studied. This forum promises to address these developments in a stimulating and thought-provoking way.”

Among the internationally prominent scholars who will share their insights will be: Stanley Fish, Florida International University College of Law; Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study; Yoram Hazony, Shalem Center; Shmuel Trigano, University of Paris X-Nanterre; Joseph Weiler, New York University Law School; Paul Kahn, Yale Law School; David Gelernter, Yale University; George Fletcher, Columbia University Law School; and Yair Lorberbaum, Bar-Ilan Law School, as well as professors from the two host universities.

They will examine such topics as “The Book of Genesis and Contemporary Intellectual Discourse,” “The Bible as a Problem for Contemporary Intellectual Discourse,” “The Hebrew Bible and Political Authority,” and “War, Violence, Personal Autonomy and the Bible.”


P. 2—Center for Jewish Law and Civilization

The CJL brings together scholars of varied legal traditions and fields, creating a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary dialogue that contributes a distinctively Jewish legal perspective on contemporary civilization. CJL sponsors a wide range of academic activities, including an innovative curriculum in Jewish law and legal theory, workshops, reading groups, colloquia, and conferences, as well as programs designed to support students and emerging scholars.

To register for the March 16th and 17th conference, which is open to the public free-of-charge, call 212-790-0258

or visit


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