Rabbinic Texts and Anger in Late Jewish Antiquity

Presented by Joel Gereboff
Associate Professor of Religious Studies,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, ASU

Part of the ACMRS History of Emotions Lecture Series and generously sponsored by the program in Jewish Studies at ASU

Eventbrite - Rabbinic Texts and Anger in Late Jewish Antiquity

October 28, 2015 at 7:00pm
Arizona Jewish Historical Society - Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
122 E. Culver Street Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free and open to the public

Exploring powerful emotions in Jewish spirituality:
Rabbinical wisdom literature

Interpersonal conflicts emerge from and give rise to complex emotions. Seeking reconciliation and forgiveness after such conflicts necessitates engaging these emotions. The Babylonian Talmud contains numerous sayings, discussions and stories about issues relating to conflict, reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. This presentation focuses on several narratives in the Talmud depicting interpersonal conflicts and analyzes them in terms of their positions on the challenges of overcoming conflicts, including not only the strategies for doing so, but also the nature of the desired outcome. In many ways these accounts provoke consideration of the connection between notions of appeasement, deference, forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.

About Joel Gereboff
Joel Gereboff has been a member of the faculty in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at ASU since 1978. He served as chair of Religious Studies for 14 years and was the co-founder of the Jewish Studies program. His research focuses upon the history of Judaism with special emphasis on early rabbinic Judaism, Jewish ethics, Judaism in America and religion and the emotions.