The University of Cincinnati Department of Judaic Studies presents the 2017–2018 Jacob and Jennie L. Lichter Lecture Series in Judaic Studies: “Thinking with Jews”

This year’s lecture series explores Jewish-Christian relations from a fresh vantage point. We will investigate how certain Christian groups borrow and adapt aspects of Jewish patrimony in their own cultural projects. From early Christian attendance of synagogues and observance of Jewish law to more modern Christian evangelical support of Zionism to Christian adoption of Jewish practices in sub-Saharan Africa, certain Christian cultures continue to draw on Jewish authoritative texts, institutions, and political projects to define themselves. Encounters with these different groups expand our understanding of how Judaism and Christianity are entangled and invite us to consider anew the meaning of Jewish texts and practices in wider modern cultures.

Historically, at least up until the Second World War, Jewish-Christian relations emphasized moments of conflict. In large part, the proximity of early Christians to Jews buttressed by Christian claims to traditionally “Jewish” Scriptures led to the intertwining develop-ment of Christianity and Judaism and to conflict. Less told, are moments of profound confluence and inter-mural borrowing between these two groups. This Lichter series asks what we learn by foreground-ing Christian-Jewish relations as a process of borrow-ing and acculturation by highlighting moments when Christians thought through their own identity by using Jewish traditions.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tudor Parfitt
President Isaac Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies at Florida International University (FIU)
“Becoming Jewish in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

7:00 p.m. Monday, October 30, 2017

Paula Fredriksen
Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita, Boston University
“Mediterranean Mixing: Jews in Pagan Places and Pagans (as well as Chrisitians) in Jewish Places”
Taft Center, 1 Edwards, UC Uptown Campus

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Yaakov Ariel
Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Christian Zionism in the United States”
Taft Center, 1 Edwards, UC Uptown Campus

Download a brochure here: Lichter Lecture Brochure 2017

All lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Dietary laws observed. Reservations are encouraged: Contact Brandi Forbes, Department of Judaic Studies at 513.556.2297 or