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People of the Book:
From Torah Scrolls to CD-ROMS


You are cordially invited to a talk The "Where" of Religious Experience: Sacred Space in Biblical Perspecitve.
Skirball Professor of Bible & Near Eastern Studies at New York University and one of the translators of the Jewish Publication Society's Hebrew Bible, Dr. Baruch A. Levine's talk will be presented in celebration of the Center for Judaic Studies' 21st anniversary.
A reception, also open to all, will follow.
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2000
Time: 2:00 to 5:00
Place: Thomas J. Dodd Center  

The exhibit, on display from August 28 through October 20th, is located in the Dodd Center Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30.

The book has always been central to Jewish civilization, appearing first in the form of a parchment scroll, the Sefer Torah or Book of the Law (Five Books of Moses). Eventually, the Torah was expanded into the Tanakh or Hebrew Scriptures, referred to by Christians as the "Old Testament."

Jews regard the Hebrew Bible as the Book of books, since it is considered to convey the word of God. However, their deep love and reverence for this core text has subsequently extended to all books, both sacred and secular.

In this exhibit, some of the most important and interesting Jewish books of the past 3000 years are highlighted, including facsimile copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Leningrad Codex (an ancient Masoretic Biblical text), and medieval illuminated manuscripts. Among contemporary works is an interactive CD-ROM computer program of the Encyclopedia Judaica.

The exhibit was organized as part of the Center for Judaic Studies' 21st anniversary celebration. Books by their faculty and guest lecturers, including Nobelists Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel, are also on display.

Curator: Michele Palmer