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Ancient Biblical texts topic for guest lecturer at BYU Sept. 20-21

The Brigham Young University David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will be hosting guest speaker Paul V. M. Flesher, professor of religious studies and the founding director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Wyoming, for two lectures this week.   

On Thursday, Sept. 20, Flesher will discuss “Are the People of Israel God’s ‘Second Adam’? Adam, Israel, and the Torah in the Ancient Jewish Targum Translations of the Adam and Eve Story” at 11 a.m. in 3104 Jesse Knight Building.

On Friday, Sept. 21, he will address “Should Scripture Be Understood? How Different World Religions View the Translation of their Sacred Texts” at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.  

Flesher is an expert in late-Antique Judaism whose research focuses on the early synagogues and on the literature created for that institution, the Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible known as the Targums. He has been serving as a two-term president of the International Organization for Targumic Study.

He studied at both Oxford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before receiving a doctorate in the history of Judaism from Brown University.

This lecture will be archived at kennedy.byu.edu/archive. For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or lee_simons@byu.edu. 

Writer: Hwa Lee

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