Chaim Saiman will explore Jesus’ legal theory from a rabbinic perspective in the Payson Library Surfboard Room Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m.
Saiman will draw out the jurisprudential assumptions embedded in the foundational documents of each religion by engaging in a comparative reading of the Gospel and rabbinic texts. The reading will demonstrate that the debates between Jesus and the Pharisees parallel contemporary discussions, not only in the field of "law and religion," but also regarding the nature of law more generally.
Saiman is a scholar of Jewish law and comparative private law. His scholarship has appeared in journals including, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law and Religion. He currently serves as the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the William Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University, and is also the Jewish law editor for the Journal of Law and Religion. At present he is working on a book titled, Halakha: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, which will be published by Princeton University Press.
The event is free. For more information, contact Drew Billings at (310) 506-4164.