Political Prophecy versus Liberation Theology: Ethical and Mystical Dimensions
Join us for a talk by Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) examining the development of "prophecy" as a central category in Protestant and Jewish biblical scholarship over the past 200 years. Christian and Jewish theology have been at sharp odds in their understanding of prophetic speech and the prophets’ own religious experience. From the mid-19th century well into the 1920s, for example, most Protestant biblical scholars defined the prophets as "ecstatics," whereas Jewish theologians viewed the prophets as teachers of universal ethical behavior. How have these views changed as biblical scholars responded to the upheaval of the world wars and political challenges like the Civil Rights Movement? Professor Heschel will pay particular attention to the thought of Abraham Heschel and will ask what role prophets might play in religious and political circumstances in the present.
Presented by: Center for Jewish History, The Berman Center for Jewish Studies at Lehigh University, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschun, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft,American Jewish Historical Society & Leo Baeck Institute