Fraternity Lectures 2015/2016

Theme: Contemporary Perspectives on Martyrs in Judaism and Christianity

Below you can find the titles of some of the lectures, with the possibility to hear a recording.

December 17

Seeking God: Origen’s "Midrash" on Martyrdom
by Professor Dr. Lorenzo Perrone, The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University Jerusalem; editor and co-translator of Origenes Werke XIII. Die neuen Psalmenhomilies. Codex Monacensis Graecus 314 (GCS NF 19, 2015).

Origen composed c. 235 CE the Exhortation to Martyrdom to provide consolation for his friend and patron, Ambrose, and the presbyter, Protoctetus, both of whom had been imprisoned. How do scholars presently read the conception of martyrdom in Origen’s work(s)? Some academics argue that Origen refers to a religiously motivated death, others hint at the proper Christian life that can substitute as a type of martyrdom. Arguably, few patristic scholars know Origen’s writings as well as Professor Perrone. He will present the contemporary discussion of Origen’s views on martyrdom and, essentially, suggest his own reading of that notion.

February 25

Spiritual Experience of a Catholic Priest Imprisoned for the Cause of the Gospel and the Church Under Communist Regime
by Fr. Joseph Doan Cong Nguyen, SJ, a scholar of the Bible, with an exceptional distinction. The former Director of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem is also, and he mentioned it as if this is as normal to him as being a Biblicist, the descendant of several generations of Christian martyrs in Viet Nam. He was in jail and labor camp under the communist regime in Viet Nam as a priest and Jesuit for nine years, from 1981-1990.

Click here for the text of the prayer at the end of the meeting

A special meeting was a Friday Morning Seminar with Marc Bregman:

March 4

Friday Morning Seminar (in cooperation with the Christian Centre for Jewish-Studies - Ratisbonne (CCEJ-Ratisbonne):

Mishnah and LXX as Mystery: An Example of Jewish-Christian Polemic in the Byzantine Period.
by Prof. Dr. Marc Bregman (Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

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