Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky Lecture & Book Signing

The Greco-Roman culture in which rabbinic Judaism grew in the first five centuries of the Common Era nurtured the development of Judaism as we still know and celebrate it today. Rabbi Burton Visotzky presents Judaism as a distinctly Roman religion. Full of fascinating detail from the daily life and culture of Jewish communities across the Hellenistic world. For example:

  • The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet
  • Synagogue buildings were Roman basilicas
  • Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics across ancient Israel
  • The Jewish courts were named after the Roman political institution, the Sanhedrin
  • In Israel there were synagogues where the prayers were recited in Greek

There is no cost to attend. Register below.
Aphrodite and the Rabbis will be available for purchase at the event for $20.

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky is the Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has been named to “The Forward 50” and repeatedly to the Newsweek/Daily list of “The 50 Most Influential Jews in America.”