Women of the Book: Biblical Women in History, Memory, and Ritual Life with Mika Ahuvia

Event Date: Tuesday, September 22 - 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Online event. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

The phenomenon of women interpreting the Bible and applying it to their own lives is not new, but the study of the way ancient Jewish women ritualized biblical stories and enacted Judaism apart from the rabbinic norms is only beginning. In this lecture, Prof. Ahuvia shares recent contributions to the study of Jewish women’s history, ritual, and memorialization of the past through the examples of lesser known biblical figures like the daughter of Jephthah and more well-known heroines like Miriam and Esther.

Mika Ahuvia is an assistant professor of Classical Judaism at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Her forthcoming book, On My Right Michael, On My Left Gabriel: Angels in Ancient Jewish Culture (University of California Press, 2021) argues that conceptualizations of angels were foundational to ancient Jewish practice. She also co-edited the volume Placing Ancient Texts: the Rhetorical and Ritual Use of Space (Mohr Siebeck, 2018) and has published book chapters and articles on ancient ritual-magic, gender and rabbinic literature, and late antique archaeology, among other areas of interest.

Presented by the Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies. Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Jewish Community Library.

Free and open to the public.

Prof. Rachel Gross
E-mail: rbgross@sfsu.edu