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Breaking the Law?: Divorce, Incest, and Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Thursday, 27 March, 2014

This seminar will explore divorce, incest, and adultery in the laws of ancient Israel and her neighbors and will compare ancient laws to modern law in Tennessee. Lecture and discussion will be led by Dr. Erin Darby and Dr. Raphe Panitz from the Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies. This is the second event in the seminar series "Marriage and Family in Biblical Law," but it is also a stand-alone event that does not require participation in previous or subsequent seminars.

Each seminar in this series explores a different aspect of marriage and family law in the ancient Near East, in the Hebrew Bible, and in the Talmud. Texts will be studied from an academic perspective with the goal of understanding how these laws functioned in the time periods in which they were written and how they compare to modern practices.  

Erin Darby, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in UT's Department of Religious Studies. Her research and teaching interests include topics in biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, archaeology, anthropology, art history, Judaic studies, and ritual studies. Raphe Panitz, Ph.D., has a B.A. in history from New York  University, a Master's in library science from the University of  Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

This program is sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Jewish Alliance and is made possible through a 2013 UT Knoxville Outreach Incentive Grant. The UT/KJA seminar is free and open to the public. Community members, regardless of faith, creed or religion, are encouraged to attend this informative new series.




Arnstein Jewish Community Center
6800 Deane Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919

Event Contact

Erin Darby

Phone: 865-974-2466

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