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Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Law

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

This seminar will explore issues related to gender and sexuality in the laws of ancient Israel, her neighbors, and the Jewish tradition and will compare ancient laws to modern law in Tennessee. Lecture and discussion will be led by Dr. Erin Darby, Dr. Raphe Panitz, and Jack Love from the University of Tennessee Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies. This is the third 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.  

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.

For further questions please contact




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

Event Contact

Erin Darby

Phone: 865-974-2466

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