Melikian Bible Symposium Part I

The Melikian Bible Collection: Wanderings of the Sephardic Jews, From Spain and the New World to India

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm
Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum
Congregation Beth Israel 10460 N. 56th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Open to the public ~ $10 at the door ~ Refreshments served

Eventbrite - Melikian Bible Symposium Part I

Presented by

Jim Melikian, James Melikian Collection
Robert Bjork, Professor of English, ASU and Director, ACMRS
Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS
Joel Gereboff, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, ASU

The Melikian family, together with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Plotkin Museum of Jewish Culture, are presenting a unique display of Bibles from around the world, including India, Latin America, Sweden and Ethiopia. To celebrate that fact, twin symposia, (on October 17th and November 7th) will explore the journey of Spanish Jews and their Bibles after the 1492 expulsion, from the Mediterranean through colonial Mexico, Peru, and on to India’s Malabar coast; and shine a light on the complex system of Biblical interpretation and dialogue between Jewish and Christian scholars, including medieval Anglo-Saxon Church texts and Talmudic commentaries. Both symposia will provide exciting forums to share ideas, and see extraordinary examples of, the Book that continues to exercise a profound influence on humanity, whatever one’s religion.


6:30-7:30 PM: Refreshments and Meet & Greet
7:30 PM-8:00 PM: Welcome and Origin of the Bible project - Robert Bjork, Jim Melikian, David Hunenberg
8:00 PM-8:30 PM: How the Spanish Jews carried the Bible from Barcelona to the Malabar coast - Tales of the Journey and A Divided Community - Sharonah Fredrick
8:30-9:00 PM: Early Rabbinic Judaism and the Shaping of Biblical Text: Editing and Interpretation - Joel Gereboff
9:00-9:30 PM: Tour of the Bibles on display in the Plotkin; Question and Answer with Robert Bjork, Joel Gereboff, Sharonah Fredrick and Jim Melikian