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Touring the Afterlife: Jewish Visions of Heaven before Modernity

Hosted By: Ben Zakkai Institute

The Ben Zakkai Institute will examine how ancient writers of Enoch, the Talmud, and other premodern Jewish texts envisioned the afterlife. This series will put these texts in conversation with contemporary cultural discourses to explore their theological implications, controversies, and meaning-making. The sessions will also discuss the impact of these ancient visions on modern understandings of this life and the next.

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Teacher

Dr. Sara Ronis

Dr. Sara Ronis is associate professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University, Texas, where she teaches courses in the Hebrew Bible and its reception, and Jewish Studies and religious studies more broadly. She holds a Ph.D. in ancient Judaism specializing in the Talmud from Yale University, and a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Her research interests include rabbinic subjectivity and definitions of personhood, constructions of gender and authority in rabbinic literature, and rabbinic imaginings of and encounters with the other in late antiquity. Her first book, "Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in the Babylonian Talmud" (August 2022), looks at demonic discourse in the Babylonian Talmud in its legal, narrative, and socio-cultural contexts.
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Host

Ben Zakkai Institute

The Ben Zakkai Institute offers opportunities for discussion and exploration to gain deeper understandings of Jewish sources, wisdom, and traditions in the field of end-of-life.
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