Conference Schedule

Monday, July 22, 2013



Registration and Refreshments

Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha’ananim


Opening Remarks

Yoram Hazony (Institute for Advanced Studies at the Herzl Institute)


Invited Speaker: Kenneth Seeskin (Northwestern University)

"Genesis 2:18: It is Not Good for Man to Be Alone"                   

Session Chair: Yoram Hazony

5:15pm Coffee Break

Invited Speaker: Roslyn Weiss (Lehigh University)

"A Violin Playing Second Fiddle: Aaron’s Unique Virtue"

Session Chair: Naomi Weiss (Bar Ilan University)

6:30pm Cocktail
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Session 1

Shmuel Trigano (University of Paris X, Institute for Advanced Studies at the Herzl Institute)                                                                                                                                                                 "The Second Being: The Ontological Landscape of Otherness in the Book of Genesis"

Jeremiah Unterman                                                                                                                                      "The Stranger גר in the Jewish Bible and the Ancient Near East"

Session Chair: Joshua Weinstein (Shalem College)

11:00am Coffee Break

Session 2

James Diamond (University of Toronto)                                                                                           "Biblical Questioning: Philosophy Begins in Anguish"

Douglas Kries (Gonzaga University)                                                                                                 "Thomas Aquinas’ Hebraic Political Philosophy"

Session Chair: Friedrich Hansen

1:30pm Lunch

Invited Speaker: Yoram Hazony  

"Maybe God Does Have a Hand? Metaphor and Reality in Hebrew Scripture"

Session Chair: Hannah Hashkes

4:00pm Coffee Break

Optional Tour. Advance Registration Required.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Session 3

Timothy P. Jackson (Emory University)                                                                                                         "Evil, Immortality, and the Holiness of God: Some Hebrew (and non-Hebrew) Conceptions"

Renee Kohler-Ryan (University of Notre Dame Australia)                                                                          "The Justice of Jeremiah’s Tears"

Session Chair: Marton Ribary (University of Nottingham)

11:00am Coffee Break

Session 4

Dru Johnson (Kings College, NYC)                                                                                                       "Revisiting Human Action and the Hebrew-Greek Mind Problem in Analytic Theology"

Eric Smith (Nebraska Christian College)                                                                                             "Ancient Near Eastern myth as speculative philosophy"

Session Chair: Yitzhak Lifshitz (The Shalem Center)

1:30pm Lunch

Session 5

Jaco Gericke (North-West University, South Africa)                                                                             "The Love of Wisdom in Proverbs 8: A Comparative-Philosophical Clarification"

Chaim Saiman (Villanova Law School)                                                                                             "Talmud Torah as a Way of Knowing"

Session Chair: Perry Huesmann (Vrije University, Amsterdam)

5:00pm Coffee Break

Invited Speaker: Ronna Burger (Tulane University)

"In the Wilderness: Moses as Lawgiver and Founder"

Session Chair: Nehemia Polen (Hebrew College, Newtown, MA)

Thursday, July 25 , 2013

Session 6

Berel Dov Lerner (Western Galilee College)                                                                                     "Temporality and Human Agency in the Exodus"          

Josh Weinstein  (Shalem College)                                                                                                                   "On the Unity of Torah"

Session Chair: Eveline Goodman-Thau

11:00am Coffee Break

Invited Speaker: Lenn Goodman (Vanderbilt University)

"Biblical Logic"

Session Chair: Ofir Haivry (Institute for Advanced Studies at the Herzl Institute)

12:30pm Lunch

Session 7

Simon May (Kings College London)                                                                                                            "Love and the Promise of Homeland"

Rachel Adelman (Hebrew College, Newtown, MA)                                                                       "'Strangers in a Land not their Own' – The Conditional Gift of the Land in the Covenant with Abraham"

Session Chair: Yechiel Leiter (Institute for Advanced Studies at the Herzl Institute)

4:30pm End of Conference, book sales
6:30pm Closing Dinner for Conference Speakers, Session Chairs, and Participants in Young Scholars Workshop