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Since the Second Vatican Council, Jews and Christians have engaged in dialogue with one another in ways which seem very new. Yet this is not the first time these two groups encountered one another as equals. In the religious pluralism that defined Sassanian Iraq (224-651 CE), Jews and Christians founded institutions which would guide the religious lives of both communities. The Talmudic academies and the Christian Schools of this period had much in common–pointing to a shared religious landscape and suggesting a framework for interreligious understanding today.

A Tale of Two Saffron Growers Jewish and Christian Culture in Late Antiquity

Monday, January 30, 2023, 7:00pm

Donahue Auditorium Dolan Science Center John Carroll University

Noah Bickart Teaching Class

Dr. Noah Bickart

Dr. Bickart was appointed in 2022 as the inaugural holder of the Mandel Chair. An ordained rabbi, his research explores the Talmudic academies of late antiquity.

Sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Studies and the Office of Mission and Identity at John Carroll University.


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