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Depicting Elijah the Prophet in Late Medieval Central Europe

Vortrag: Chana Shacham-Rosby (Bar Ilan Universität)

25.01.2023 um 18:15 Uhr

This lecture will focus on the iconography of Elijah in Jewish manuscripts produced in 15th century central Europe, and especially how it was formulated in dialogue with contemporary Christian iconography of Christ, John the Baptist, and Elijah himself. I will show how the textual and visual sources depicting Elijah the Prophet in an apocalyptic role created by medieval Christians and Jews shed light on interactions between these two groups living together in urban centers in central Europe. Examining attitudes towards the figure of Elijah reveals intricate channels of communication and transfers of ideas that challenge social boundaries of status and community.


Dr. Chana Shacham-Rosby is a fellow at the Halpern Center for the Study of Jewish Self-Perception at Bar Ilan University. In 2022, she was a Starr Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and in 2021, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Shacham-Rosby completed her Phd in 2019 at the Department of Jewish History of Ben-Gurion University; her dissertation is titled: Elijah the Prophet in Medieval Franco-German (Ashkenazi) Jewish Culture.


Die Veranstaltung findet in hybrider Form statt.

Veranstaltungsort: Historicum, Schellingstraße 12, Raum K226

Anmeldung: eva.haverkamp@lrz.uni-muenchen.de