The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Saint Matthew / Isfahan
The books of the Old Testament and New Testament serve as canonical texts for Judaism and Christianity, yet the biblical Word is not always the last word. Traditions of commentary and interpretation are also integral to our understanding of sacred texts. In this program, Jack Miles and David Biale explore the Gospels, the Mishnah, and the distinction between scripture and commentary. They discuss the relationship of rabbinic Judaism to biblical scripture. Biale's presentation includes a consideration of the ways the Talmud preserves minority opinions and what that implies for Jewish culture. Complements the exhibition In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination.

Jack Miles is distinguished professor of English and religious studies at the University of California, Irvine. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book God: A Biography. Miles is the general editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions.

David Biale is professor of history at the University of California, Davis. He is author of Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought and Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol between Jews and Christians. Biale is editing the Judaism section for the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions.

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