May 8, 2014 / 6:30 PM
Word and Image in the Jewish Tradition: A Marriage Made in Heaven?
THIS LECTURE IS NOW AT CAPACITY.
Simon Schama is university professor of art history and history at Columbia University in
New York. His award-winning books include The American Future: A History; The Power of Art;
Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt’s Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and
presented 40 television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel—including
the Emmy Award-winning Power of Art—on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.
It’s a truism that Jews and Judaism have endured through the power of the word when everything
else was lost. An associated commonplace is that this devotion to the word precluded a Jewish
engagement with images. Yet Judaism and Jewish history, notwithstanding the Second Commandment,
is in fact flooded with images, beginning with the earliest synagogues. This lecture looks at the
interconnection between word and image in Jewish life from antiquity to modernity.
This lecture is the 25th in the series made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman.
Signed copies of Schama's book, The Story of the Jews, will be available for purchase in the
Photo: BBC/Oxford Film and Television/Tim Kirby