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* UPDATE * Symposium and Defense of a new dissertation on the Pugio Fidei (Raymond Martin)

On May 20, 2015, 14.15 PM at Tilburg University, Syds Wiersma will defend his thesis on the anti-jewish writings of Raymond Martin O.P. (ca. 1220 - ca. 1285), among which prominently his Pugio Fidei (Dagger of Faith), entitled: "Pearls in a Dunghill".
Directors of this thesis are Prof. dr. Herwi Rikhof (Thomas Instituut) and Prof. dr. Judith Frishman (Leiden University).
A number of internationally recognized scholars were invited to assess this dissertation. Two of them will also take part in the defense ceremony: Prof. dr. Robert Chazan (New York University) and Anna Sapir Abulafia (Cambridge University, by then Oxford University).
In the morning of May 20, from 10.30 - 13.00, a symposium will be devoted to this theme of "Jews and Christians in Medieval Christendom". Lectures will be given by the professors Chazan and Abulafia, as well as Rikhof and Poorthuis. The discussion will be led by prof. Frishman.

*UPDATE* Most regretfully Prof. Chazan has announced that he will not be able to be present, due to academic obligations.
Prof. dr. Robert Chazan is the author of many books and articles on the subject. Most recently he published "Jewish Life in Medieval Western Christendom", and he also studied medieval theology: "Daggers of Faith: Thirteenth-Century Christian Missionizing and Jewish Response." Prof. dr. Anna Abulafia is an expert in the same area. Her latest book is called "Christian-Jewish relations, 1000-1300, Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom." At present she works on Medieval Canon Law, the Decretum Gratiani and its glosses, and the position of Jews. Chazan and Abulafia are historians. Rikhof and Poorthuis are theologians. Rikhof was professor of systematic theology at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, and director of the Thomas Instituut. He is an expert in Ecclesiology, Trinitarian theology and the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Poorthuis is professor for Interreligious Dialogue at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, and has published widely in this area; regarding the Middle Ages he edited (with Valkenberg and Roggema) The Three Rings. Textual Studies in the Historical Trialogue of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Judith Frishman is professor of Judaism at Leiden University. She is an expert both in Rabbinical Judaism and in the history of 19th and early 20th century Judaism, and regularly contributes to the dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The schedule of the symposium:
10.00 – 10.30 Doors open (Coffee, tea)
10.30 – 11.00 Robert Chazan: “Jewish life in Medieval Western Christendom”
11.00 – 11.30 Anna Sapir Abulafia: “Gratian and the Jews”
11.30 – 11.50 Break
11.50 – 12.10 Herwi Rikhof: “Martini’s contribution to the theology of the Trinity”
12.10 – 12.30 Marcel Poorthuis: “Martini’s vision on Scripture”
12.30 – 13.00 Discussion

The symposium will take place in Cobbenhagen building CZ 109.

Admission is free, registration mandatory. Please registrate at: registration


(Photograph: Syds Wiersma)