Rewriting the Bible in the 19th Century
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
The 19th century was an era of passionate debate over religion as well as a time when a number of modern responses to religion were shaped.
We will look at how the re-writing of biblical narratives became a major issue during this period, with a particular focus on one of the most influential and remarkable books of the century, Ernest Renan’s “Life of Jesus”. Among other examples, the lecture will conclude with a look at Sigmund Freud’s book, “Moses and Monotheism” – his re-writing of the life of Moses, written on the eve of the Second World War – to examine the full political implications of 19th century theology on modern thinking.
This event will take place at 8 p.m. Israel Time/ 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
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