Prof. Deena Grant of the Hartford Seminary will speak on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 7:30 PM in the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Harry Jack Gray Center E300.
Her lecture will examine "Love of God in the Bible and Beyond" and is part of Dr. Richard Freund's Humanities Seminar on "The Secular and the Spiritual."
The Biblical command in Deuteronomy 6:5, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might” has become a central component of Jewish liturgy. And yet, it is a perplexing injunction. How can God command people to feel an emotion? Moreover, if willing oneself to love God is, in fact, achievable, how might one get there? In this talk, Deena Grant considers this command through the lenses of biblical scholarship, religious studies, and the distinctive Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions.
Deena Grant is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary. She received her PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University, specializing in Hebrew Bible. Her book Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible (Catholic Biblical Association, 2014) explores varying expressions of God’s anger across major biblical collections. An observant Jewish scholar, Grant values studying and teaching the Hebrew Bible from a historical-critical perspective and also as it is interpreted and lived out by faith communities. Deena Grant is currently working on the concept of hate in the Hebrew Bible.
The lecture is made possible by The Humanities Center and the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.