JTS Scholar to Discuss the Death Penalty in Ancient Cultures

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October 16, 2006, New York, NY

Capital punishment is one of contemporary society's most debated issues. Drawing on her expertise in Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity, Dr. Beth Berkowitz (link) will discuss how early Jewish and Christian cultures addressed this controversial practice in "The Rabbis and the Death Penalty," at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6. The event, sponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will take place at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City.

The author of Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures, Dr. Berkowitz is Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, where she specializes in rabbinic literature, ritual studies, and theories and methods in the study of religion. Her essay "Decapitation and the Discourse of Anti–Syncretism in the Babylonian Talmud" appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (December 2002).

In addition to her position at JTS, Dr. Berkowitz has taught at Columbia University and Yale University. She received a bachelor of arts, master of philosophy, and doctorate in religious studies from Columbia University, and holds a master of arts degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Advance reservations are necessary and valid photo identification is required for admission. For more information and to register, please call (212) 678–8075.

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