Examining the connection of the teaching of law and the institution of Jewish education from late Biblical time through the rabbinic period. A theory is proposed as to the theological underpinnings of the educational thrust.


About the Speaker: Marc Hirshman teaches rabbinic thought and midrash at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he is the incumbent of the Mandel Chair in Jewish Education. He serves also as the director of the Institute for Research on the Land of Israel at Yad Ben Zvi in Jerusalem.  He is the 2011-12 Berkowitz Fellow at the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization.  Prof. Hirshman is the author of various books including, A Rivalry of Genius: Jewish and Christian Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity (SUNY, 1996) and The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture 100 C.E.- 350 C.E.: Texts on Education in their Late Antique Context (Oxford, 2009).