Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash

A colloquium of the 2015 – 2017 Templeton Fellows at the Herzl Institute will take place at the Mt. Zion Hotel in Jerusalem on December 28 – 30, 2015. At the colloquium the fellows will be presenting the projects supported by their fellowships. The public is invited to attend. Advance registration is required. A detailed schedule is available here.

Speakers will be:

Joshua Amaru (Yeshivat Eretz Hazvi), “Halachic Virtue and Wisdom”
James Arcadi (University of Bristol), “Belonging to the Lord: Consecration, Divine Presence, and the Metaphysics of Holiness in the Hebrew Scriptures”
Craig Bartholomew (Redeemer University College), “The God Who Acts in History”
James Diamond (University of Waterloo), “Constructing a Jewish Philosophical Theology: A Prolegomenon”
Melis Erdur (Tel-Aviv University), “Torah From (but not in) Heaven”
Lenn Goodman (Vanderbilt University), “The Holy One of Israel”
Yoram Hazony (Herzl Institute), “What does ‘Torah from Heaven’ Mean?”
Berel Dov Lerner (Western Galilee College), “Could Moses’ Hands Make War? Divine and Human Agency in the Hebrew Scriptures”
Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary), “Holiness and Violence in Judaism”
Alex Sztuden (Independent Scholar), “Beyond the Euthyphro Dilemma: God’s Will, Nature and the Moral Law”
Shmuel Trigano (Nanterre University), “The Angel’s Descent”
Shira Weiss (Yeshiva University), “Reevaluating Theological Concepts in the Bible”
Jacob Wright (Emory University), “The Knowledge of God as a Central Teaching of Hebrew Scriptures”

The 2015 conference, “Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash,” which will take place on December 20-23, 2015, will explore The Questions of God’s Perfection. The conference will explore whether understanding God as perfect being is appropriate as a basis for Jewish theology and for religious belief more generally, bringing together perspectives on this question from philosophers, theologians, scholars of Bible and scholars of rabbinic literature. Speakers will be Oliver Crisp, James Diamond, Lenn E. Goodman, Zvi Grumet, Moshe Halbertal, Ed Halper, Yoram Hazony, Brian Leftow, Berel Dov Lerner, Michael Miller, Alan Mittleman, Heather Ohaneson, Randy Ramal, Shalom Rosenberg, Eleonore Stump, Alex Sztuden, Alan Torrance, Shmuel Trigano, Joshua Weinstein, Roslyn Weiss, and Howard Wettstein. 
To visit the conference website click here.

The 2013 conference, “Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash,” which will take place on July 21-25, 2013, will explore Human Action: Justice, Righteousness, Love and Awe. The conference will seek to bring to light the nature and significance of normativity and action in Jewish theology by clarifying the meaning of Jewish theological categories having to do with human evaluation and action, and by fitting them into an overall Jewish account of human life and flourishing.  Invited speakers will be Lenn Goodman, Alan Mittleman, Kenneth Seeskin, and Roslyn Weiss. For the 2013 conference website, click here.

The 2012 conference, “Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash” which took place on July 22-26, 2012, sought to develop aspects of a Jewish theological epistemology. The conference addressed itself to refining our understanding of how the traditional Jewish modes of exploring man’s relationship with God in the world, by means of prophecy, narrative and law, can be clarified by looking at the ways in which these different modes function and what they can and cannot contribute to our understanding of God and man. Invited speakers were Michael Fishbane, Yoram Hazony, Eleonore Stump, and Shmuel Trigano. For the 2012 conference website, click here.

The 2011 conference, “Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash,” which took place on June 26-30, 2011, explored metaphysics and God’s nature, and addressed questions of what human beings can know about the fundamental nature of reality. Subjects for discussion included the nature of reality and being, and the relationship of this reality with truth and with goodness. Particular attention was be paid to the question of what can be known about God, including questions of whether God can in fact be considered to be in some sense a being, his attributes, and his relationship to the world. Invited speakers were Lenn Goodman, Jacob Howland, Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, and Alan Mittleman. For the 2011 conference schedule, click here.