Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica
In late antiquity, two radically distinct conceptions of divine law – Greek natural law grounded in reason and biblical law grounded in revelation -- confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. This lecture explores three ancient Jewish responses to these dueling conceptions of divine law -- responses that would shape western civilization in profound ways.
Professor Hayes is an expert on rabbinic and talmudic studies, history and literature of Judaism in late antiquity, and legal theory. Professor Hayes has published numerous articles and books, including What’s so Divine About Divine Law? and Ancient Perspectives Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds.
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Co-sponsored by Ohio State's Moritz College of Law and the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Columbus.