- Acts of Interpretation: Ancient Religious Semiotic Ideologies and Their Modern Echoes (De Gruyter, 2022)
- WHAT: Book talk sponsored by the UC Davis Humanities Institute and International House Davis
- WITH: The author, Naomi Janowitz, professor of religious studies, in conversation with her faculty colleague Meaghan O’Keefe
- WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in person
- WHERE: International House, 10 College Park, Davis
- OTHER INFORMATION: Free and open to the public. Light refreshments.
Janowitz draws examples from ancient Israelite verbal and nonverbal divine representation, the apostle Paul’s linguistic letter/spirit model, Christian debates about the limits of language to best represent the deity, Josephus’ aniconic advertisement of Jewish rites, the multilayered divine representations in the Dura-Europos synagogue, the diverse “performativity” of Jewish ascent liturgies, and — the single modern example — the role of art at Burning Man.
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