PhD student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State
This talk will examine the history of naming in the biblical and postbiblical world of ancient Israel. Beginning with the Torah, the Bible includes a rich tradition of names given to describe births such as Jacob and Isaac, through the pattern of names after things like Deborah and Issachar, the rise of theophoric names, and later a fully implemented system of patronymy. The biblical texts provide a variety of naming traditions that continued in the Rabbinic world with the newly added emphasis on names taken in honor of major figures in Israel's history. These traditions reflect shifting socio-historical emphases, and differing conceptions of how a child should be named.
This program is part of our year-long Senior Adult Learning Series.
Free and open to the public.
This program is made possible by the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation of the Columbus Jewish Foundation and presented in partnership with Creekside at the Village at Wexner Heritage Village.