SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE THEME
SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE THEME
SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
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5/15/2019  |   4:00 PM - 4:30 PM   |  Hampton Inn Conference Room

Plutarch's Silence on Monotheism

Plutarch's Silence on Monotheism Plutarch devotes one of his two Jewish questions in his Table-Talks to the God of the Jews. The discussion is very well informed, depending as it does on Hecataeus of Abdera, and is mainly devoted to Jewish ritual, arguing that its similarities prove the identity of the God of the Jews with Dionysus. Though interpretatio Graeca is a well-known phenomenon, Plutarch's approach here is quite astonishing. Despite his involvement and deep interest in religion, including foreign (e.g. Egyptian) religions he entirely disregards what is considered by moderns as Judaism's most prominent feature contrasting it with 'pagan' antiquity, monotheism – as he was also totally ignoring the young and rising Christianity. This paper will try to provide the background to this strange silence.

Joseph Geiger (Primary Presenter), msgeiger@mail.huji.ac.il;
My int4rrest in Putarch dates from my Oxford DPhil (1971) and has continued ever since. One of my other main interests is the history of the Jews in the Roman Empire

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