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Beyond Utopia: Avatars of the Promised Land

Beyond Utopia: Avatars of the Promised Land
170 St. George Street, Room 100
Time: Mar 2nd, 4:00 pm End: Mar 2nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Jewish Studies, Classics (FAS)
Public Lecture by Guy Stroumsa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to present the Pearl and Jack Mandel Lecture in Jewish Studies

Guy Stroumsa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Beyond Utopia: Avatars of the Promised Land

The concept of the “promised land” finds its roots in the divine promises to Abraham in the book of Genesis, through the prophets of Israel and up to the Letter to the Hebrews. The Promised Land plays an important role in the eschatological expectations of Late Antiquity, among both Jews and Christians, and is echoed in some Qur’an passages. Among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, however, we can detect highly different conceptions of the “promised land.” Throughout history, these conceptions evolved in different, though always interrelated ways: messianism, realized eschatology, relocation, either in heaven or upon earth. This interplay of religious conceptions between the Abrahamic religions, and the activation of dreams of old, represent the background of the modern attempts to reclaim the “promised land” as a political project. The lecture will seek to throw some light on the complex interdependence between the transformation of religious ideas and the evolution of political conceptions in history.

This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at (416) 978-1624 or cjs.events@utoronto.ca.

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