The Judaic Studies Program and the Department of English and Philosophy of Drexel University will welcome Shalom E. Holtz, Ph.D., for a lecture titled "Seeing God as Refuge in the Psalms."
"The Lord is my life's refuge, of whom shall I be afraid?" proclaims one Psalmist. To a biblical Israelite, what did this idea of God as refuge mean? Some have suggested that its roots lie in the reality of Israelite temples. We will explore this connection between God as refuge and the temple as refuge in light of evidence from the Hebrew bible and artifacts from the ancient Near East.
Dr. Holtz, an associate professor of Bible at Yeshiva University, is the author of Neo-Babylonion Court Procedure. Based on his research on cuneiform law, he has writen comparative studies of courtroom terminology and imagery in the Hebrew bible in light of Akkadian legal documents.
The lecture is free. Refreshments will be served.
Support for this event comes from the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, the Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies.
For more information, call 215-895-6388 or email: [email protected] .