Does Faith Matter?: The Ancient Jewish Debate About Faith and Mitzvot

Date: May 09, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Category: Online Learning Public Lectures & Events Relating to God

Does Faith Matter?: The Ancient Jewish Debate About Faith and Mitzvot

Part of our spring learning series, Relating to God

Monday, May 9, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Online

With Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

One often hears it said that “Judaism cares what one does, not what one believes.” But this is a distortion, an oversimplification. When one looks at sources from the period of the birth of Rabbinic Judaism (including early “Christian” writings), one finds that there was an active debate about this matter. In this session, we will begin by considering the arguments of those ancient Jews—Paul and James—who raised the important question of faith vs. mitzvot. We will then examine echoes of the same debate in early rabbinic sources.

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