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Spinoza on the Hebrew Bible: A Grammar That Is Not a Grammar About a Language That Is Not a Language

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel

One of the most controversial figures in Jewish history, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) considered the language of the biblical Hebrews to be buried under layers of Diasporic transmission and abuse.  As a philosopher, he considered language to be of secondary importance, an instrument of the body rather than of the (superior) mind.  Yet just a few years before his death at the age of 44, he devoted his strengths to the composition of a “Grammatical Compendium of the Hebrew Language”.The result was nothing short of a revenge on Hebrew linguistics.

Join The National Library of Israel for:
“Spinoza on the Hebrew Bible: A Grammar That Is Not a Grammar About a Language That Is Not a Language”

Prof. Zwiep will discuss Spinoza’s possible motives for writing this puzzling treatise and try to place it within his philosophical oeuvre, as well as take a look at his Jewish and Christian sources, his curious research methods and, as he himself called it, the ‘absurd results’ of his linguistic analysis.

8pm-9pm IDT

1pm-2pm EST

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