Research Seminar – Between the Bible, Aristotle, and Sufism: Tanhum b. Joseph ha-Yerushalmi as a Window into Mediaeval Jewish Culture

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Date(s) - 16/04/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


ACJC Research Seminar Series

Tanhum b. Joseph Ha-Yerushalmi (d.1291 in Fustat, Egypt) was a linguist, philosopher and mystic. He authored extensive commentaries to most of the Hebrew Bible, and composed a dictionary of rabbinic Hebrew. His synthesis of Aristotelian philosophy and Islamic mysticism (Sufism) is particularly original and surprising. In this seminar, we will locate Tanhum in his historical and cultural context, and then explore specific facets of his philosophical and mystical worldview. Ultimately, Tanhum serves as a window into a period of Jewish history that has received relatively little attention: The Eastern Mediterranean in the post-Maimonidean era.   

Raphael Dascalu is a PhD candidate in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, he spent several years living and studying in Jerusalem, where he completed his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University. His field of research is in mediaeval Judaeo-Arabic literature, with a focus on the history of philosophy and biblical exegesis.