IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 335: Messianic Redemption in Medieval Ashkenaz: Hanukkah and Passover

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Sara Offenberg, Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Moderator/Chair:Sara Offenberg, Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Paper 335-aBetween Heaven and Earth: The Journey of the Soul and the Redemption of Man in Hokhmat ha-Nefesh of R. Eleazar of Worms
(Language: English)
Inbal Gur Ben Yitzhak, Department of Jewish Thought, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Religious Life
Paper 335-bThe Castilian Reception of German Pietist Practices for Redemption from Sin: The Case of R. Joseph Hamadan
(Language: English)
Leore Sachs Shmueli, Department of Jewish Thought, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Religious Life, Sexuality
Abstract

‘Medieval Jews saw themselves and their neighbors in highly archetypical paradigms, in terms drawn from the vast reservoir of biblical and rabbinical imagery.’ (R. Chazan, 1988). This typological thinking penetrated medieval Ashkenazi concepts about future, about final redemption and messianic times, and it emerges both from textual and in visual sources. This interdisciplinary session wishes to examine the redemption rituals in texts, illuminations, and physical objects of the festivals of Hanukkah and Passover.