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Jules Isaac: The French Jewish Historian Who Changed Christianity
Samuel M. Edelman

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: In 1948, Professor Jules Isaac, the French national historian who wrote the textbooks that all French students used in their high school curriculum, published a book he wrote while hiding from the Nazis who murdered his wife and son. That book’s title was Jesus and Israel. In a series of 21 propositions, he set out a call for a necessary correction of Christian teaching on the Jews that, he argued, was at the core of what eventually would lead to the deaths of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis. He argued, persuasively, that if Jesus had been alive, he too would have perished in Auschwitz.  Isaac's writing was read and discussed by French and German Cardinals after the war and came to the attention of Cardinal Roncalli, who would eventually become Pope John the XXIII. Vatican II and Nostra Aetate were, in part, based upon Roncalli’s response to Jesus and Israel and Isaac's second work, Teaching of Contempt. This lecture will explore Isaac's pioneering vision and its long-term impact on Jewish-Christian relations, as well as operating as a model for future Jewish-Islamic relations.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Samuel M. Edelman is one of the founding faculty members of the Academic Council for Israel. He is also an Academic Fellow and adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism at the University of Miami’s Miller Center for Judaic Studies. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He is also a CSU Chico emeritus professor of Jewish, Israel and Holocaust Studies as well as Rhetoric and Communication Studies. Edelman served as a staff member on the World Zionist Organization's Ben Gurion Centenary Commission.

SPL3124
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

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Non-member - $35
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