Melikian Bible Symposium Part II

Christian and Jewish Biblical Perspectives: From Anglo-Saxon texts to post-Biblical Commentaries

Saturday, November 7, 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 II

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
William Bjork, Senior Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Sun City, AZ

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
7:30-8:00 PM: "An Introduction to Christian-Jewish Polemics in medieval Spain (and other places)" - Sharonah Fredrick
8:00-8:30 PM: “The Anglo-Saxon Poetic Assimilation of the Bible” - Robert Bjork
8:30-9:00 PM: "A Swedish-American’s Interaction with the Bible" - William Bjork
9:00-9:30: Tour of the Bibles on display in the Plotkin; Question and Answer with Robert Bjork, Joel Gereboff, Sharonah Fredrick and Jim Melikian