Winter Shapiro Lecture: "The Love Commandment: A Jewish Perspective"
STARTS: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM
ENDS: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Second Floor, 210 b&c
This lecture examines Hebraic and later Jewish understandings of the love commandment as first set down in Leviticus 19:18. It explores several questions. What is the meaning of the commandment in its biblical context? How was it interpreted in the later rabbinic tradition? And how do its interpretations and applications compare with those found in the New Testament? We will see that these questions yield complex answers and significant disagreements, but the disagreements within each tradition, Judaism and Christianity, are greater than the disagreements between them. In all respects, the love commandment of Leviticus 19:18 lays the foundation for a shared Jewish and Christian ethic of love.
Ronald M. Green is the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values in the Religion Department, Dartmouth College, and is the Faculty Director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute. In 1996-97 he served as the founding director of the Office of Genome Ethics at the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. He is the first individual of Jewish background to serve as president of the Society of Christian Ethics. He was twice elected as Secretary of the American Academy of Religion, the largest association of scholars of religion in the United States. Professor Green is the author of eight books, editor of three, and has published over one hundred fifty articles in theoretical, applied and comparative religious ethics. In 2005, Prof. Green was named a Guggenheim Fellow.