2. bis 4. Juli 2012
Though typically associated much more closely with Judaism than with Christianity, Hebrew has in some respects occupied a rather similar position in the two religious cultures. Both have ascribed religious significance to the language, and in both it has experienced periods of neglect and recovery. How, then, have Jews and Christians negotiated the tension between the sacrality of Hebrew and its modest place in a world in which very few speak or read it?
To what degree has Hebrew been perceived as a uniquely holy language, or to what degree has it been rivaled or eclipsed by Greek, Latin, Aramaic, or Syriac? How similar or different are the Jewish and Christian discourses surrounding Hebrew‘s sacrality? And what role has Hebrew played in relations between Jews and Christians? To what degree have Christians used Hebrew to represent and indeed to demonize Jews and Judaism? To what degree have Jews conceived their alleged ownership of Hebrew as exclusive and as an indication of superiority vis-à-vis Christians? How have Jews and Christians competed or cooperated in the study and dissemination of the language? And what role has it played in conversion from one faith to the other? Finally, in assessing the role of Hebrew among and between Jews and Christians, to what degree can we chart change or continuity across the historical landscape?
Scientific Chair: Professor Dr. Daniel Stein-Kokin (Greifswald)