2013 AAR and SBL Annual Meeting – 50th Anniversary Celebration! @ Watertable Ballroom at the Renaissance Harborplace
Nov 24 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Please join Temple University Department of Religion and Jewish Studies Program faculty, alumni, and students celebrate our 50th anniversary at this year’s American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

AJS 45th Annual Conference @ Sheraton Boston
Dec 15 – Dec 17 all-day

Information regarding the Association for Jewish Studies’ annual conference can be found here. Details regarding Department of Religion and Jewish Studies Program events TBA.

Professor Mark Leuchter to present at the Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series @ CHAT - Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor
Feb 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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“The Devil Made Me Do It: The Ancient Mythology Behind Personal Moral Struggle in Early Judaism”

Thursday, February 20
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge
The familiar image of the “angel” and “devil” on either shoulder, each arguing for the individual to make a particular moral choice, is derived from ancient Jewish ideas of a moral struggle against an individual’s “evil inclination”, which is in turn often seen as derived from the Jewish encounter with ancient Greek philosophy. But the roots of this concept are far older, and reflect a centuries-long development of ancient Israelite mythology regarding the Divine Warrior’s struggle against the forces of chaos and evil. Over time, this mythology evolved into different iterations until the battleground became internal and personal, with the struggle against evil directed to the enemy within