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Forgetting: The Jewish Past between Rupture and Renewal

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life present the 2018 Taubman Lectures:

Forgetting: The Jewish Past between Rupture and Renewal

Within and beyond Jewish tradition, forgetting is typically equated with the danger of memory’s loss and failure. Recent neurobiological studies, however, have revealed another facet of forgetting—that is, as a productive force in its own right, pruning, shaping, and honing the meanings made by the past in an evolving present. These lectures experiment with a parallel move for Jewish cultural history, recovering the creative power of forgetting for reshaping the ancient Jewish (and Christian) past within shifting landscapes of late antique, medieval, and modern Jewish memory.

Lecture 1: March 12, 7 pm: What Was Lost with the Dead Sea Scrolls
Lecture 2: March 14, 7 pm: How the Jewishness of Christianity was Forgotten
Lecture 3: March 15, 5:30 pm: Forgetting and Remembering Second Temple Judaism

Lecture followed by reception


# Sessions
Date & time

Monday, March 12, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 14, 7 pm
Thursday, March 15, 5:30 pm


Free and open to the public
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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 12 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Magnes Annette Yoshiko Reed
Mar 14 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Magnes Annette Yoshiko Reed
Mar 15 5:30 PM–7:00 PM Thu Magnes Annette Yoshiko Reed


The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

University of California, Berkeley

2121 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94720



Annette Yoshiko Reed

Annette Yoshiko ReedAnnette Yoshiko Reed is professor at NYU's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Her research spans Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and Jewish/Christian relations in Late Antiquity. Publications include Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity (Cambridge 2005), Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions (ed. with R. Boustan; Cambridge 2004), The Ways that Never Parted: Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ed. with A.H. Becker; Mohr Siebeck 2003; Fortress 2007), and Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire (ed. with N. Dohrmann; UPenn Press, 2013). She is currently working on two monographs: one on the origins of Jewish angelology and demonology, and the other on the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies and the history of "Jewish-Christianity."