Psalms in/on Jerusalem: Aesthetics, Ethics and Hermeneutics

Conference: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, June 4, 2015, 9:00-20:00

For many readers, Psalms has been the most personally present of all biblical books. In geographic terms, it has had a pivotal role in making Jerusalem the privileged landscape and inscape of belief for both Jews and Christians. We would like to explore the ways in which Jerusalem is represented in Psalms – from its position in the context of liturgical and pilgrim songs to its role as metaphor. Special attention will be given to questions of reception, to the ways in which the Book of Psalms has travelled across its native bounds into other cultural settings, acquiring new forms and meanings. Among the topics to be addressed in the conference: What characterizes the geographic imagining of Psalms in the aesthetic zones of literature and music? How is psalmic Jerusalem represented in public discourse and political conflicts in different historical contexts?

Participants: 

Robert (Uri) Alter, University of California, Berkeley

Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University

Richard I. Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Sidra Dekoven Ezrahi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ruth Ginsburg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Galit Hasan-Rokem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ruth HaCohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ron Hendel, University of California, Berkeley

Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, Shalom Hartman Institute and Ben-Gurion University

Ora Limor, The Open University

Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp

Ophir Münz-Manor, The Open University

Ilana Pardes, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Elhanan Reiner, Tel Aviv University

Yael Sela Teichler, The Open University

Edwin Seroussi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jonathan Sheehan, University of California, Berkeley

Jonathan Stavsky, Mandel Scholion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel Yuval, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yair Zakovitch, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ariel Zinder, Tel Aviv University

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