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Artifacts of Identity: Exploring Jewish Material Culture Through Time with Prof. Marc Michael Epstein (Part 2/5 – Fragments of the Temple)

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

Hosted by the Community Scholar Program, this event features Professor Marc Michael Epstein exploring the material culture of Jewish communities throughout history, including architecture, furnishings, clothing, and synagogue artifacts. The session focuses on “Fragments of the Temple.” Do we know what the destroyed Jerusalem Temples looked like? How? What archaeological evidence is there that they ever existed, and what are the politics around the promotion or suppression of such evidence?

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Marc Michael Epstein

Marc Michael Epstein is the product of a mixed marriage between the scions of Slonimer and Lubavitcher Hassidim and Romanian socialists, and grew up, rather confused, but happy, in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently Professor of Religion at Vassar College, where he has been teaching since 1992, and was the first Director of Jewish Studies. At Vassar, he teaches courses on medieval Christianity, religion, arts and politics, and Jewish texts and sources. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written numerous articles and three books on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews.
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