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Center for Jewish Studies Presents

Azzan Yadin Presents: "Birth of an Icon: How the Forbidden Fruit Became an Apple"

3/26/18, 1:00 PM

About this event

When Andrew of St. Victor, one of the greatest Bible scholars of the 12th century, surveyed the various views on the Forbidden Fruit he knew of only two possible candidates: the fig and the grapevine. No scholar that he knew of had even suggested that the fruit was an apple. Three hundred years later, throughout northern Europe, the apple will become the Forbidden Fruit par excellence. What occurs during this period to transform a heretofore obscure fruit into the dominant image of the Fall of Man? Weaving together insights from medieval Bible commentary, art history, and historical linguistics, this lecture offers a novel interpretation of an enduring icon.

Azzan Yadin-Israel received a B.A. from the Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. A Professor of Jewish Studies and Classics at Rutgers, he teaches courses on rabbinic literature, classical Jewish philosophy, the history of Jewish mysticism, and Plato. His books include /Scripture as Logos: Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash/and /Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash/(both from the University of Pennsylvania Press), /Intuitive Vocabulary: German/, the first of a planned series of volumes that uses cognates to facilitate the study of foreign vocabulary, and "The Grace of God and the Grace of Man: The Theologies of Bruce Springsteen." His articles cover a wide range of topics: the relationship between Homer and the Hebrew Bible, the secularization of biblical and rabbinic terms in modern Hebrew, the role of oral tradition in the earliest Christian communities, and a variety of studies on biblical and rabbinic literature.

Thank you to Classical & Near Eastern Studies and Religious Studies for cosponsoring this event.
Event Location
  • 135 Nicholson Hall, UMN East Bank
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA