Outreach Seminar Explores Ancient Biblical Marriage and Family Law

“Divorce, Incest, and Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East” will be discussed in a March 27 seminar sponsored by UT and the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.

The seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Erin Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, and Raphe Panitz, adult education coordinator at Heska Amuna Synagogue and Knoxville Jewish Alliance board member, will lead the seminar, which will explore divorce, incest, and adultery in the laws of ancient Israel and its neighbors and will compare these ancient laws to modern law in Tennessee.

The seminar is the second in a three–part series about marriage and family law in the ancient Near East, in the Hebrew Bible, and in the Talmud. The goal of the series is to create a better understanding of how law functioned in these time periods and how it compares to modern practices. The final seminar of the series will be April 24.

The series is made possible through a 2013 UT Knoxville Outreach and Incentive grant. UT provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of the university.

For more information, contact edarby1@utk.edu or call 865-690-6343.

C O N T A C T :

Erin Darby (865-974-6343, edarby1@utk.edu)

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