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“Let My People Go”: Imagining Moses in the Late Antique Synagogue

19:00 h
17 Apr

dura europos plakat - net

Between the third-seventh centuries of the common era, Jews throughout the late antique Eastern Mediterranean began to decorate their synagogues with wall paintings and mosaic pavements featuring human figures and narrative scenes drawn from the Hebrew Bible. In honor of Passover, we will study the “portrait” image of Moses that survives in a third century wall painting from the Dura Europos synagogue illustrating the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. We will examine the broader cultural context that shaped the artistic representation of Moses at Dura with comparative examples drawn from Greco-Roman, Christian, and Jewish sources.

Led by Jill Joshowitz, PhD candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.

In English. Free admission.