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HCTS Lecture by Guy Stroumsa

May 11, 2016

Prof. Guy Stroumsa (Jerusalem, Oxford) gave a HCTS lecture with the title “The scriptural Galaxy of late Antiquity”. It took place on Wednesday, May 25, at the Karl Jaspers Centre and was hosted by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).

The lecture sought to shed light on the complex web between scriptures, oral traditions and communities of faith across political and linguistic borders. It discussed whether we could speak of a ‘scriptural movement’ in late antiquity, and dealt with the canonization process and religious memory. It also examined the relationship between scriptures and secular literature in education, and discussed various forms of scriptural hermeneutics. The main hypothesis sustaining its approach is that the traditional way of dealing with ‘scriptures’ in isolation from other forms of communication is not very fruitful, and that we should discover a new, broader perspective to deal with what Stroumsa proposes to call ‘the scriptural galaxy.’

Prof. Guy Stroumsa
is Martin Buber Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Emeritus Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and was the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Christianity. His research focuses on the dynamics of encounters between religious traditions and institutions in the Roman Empire and in Late Antiquity, in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In 2008, he won a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.

The lecture took place on Wednesday, May 25, from 4 to 6 pm in room 212 at the Karl Jaspers Centre in Heidelberg. The event is part of the HCTS lecture series, that brings scholars working on topics related to transcultural studies to Heidelberg.

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), founded in 2013, is a central institute of Heidelberg University. Building on the structures established by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", it assembles outstanding scholars from all over the world and from any discipline to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue with a focus on the dynamics of global transcultural processes.


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