Colloquium on Political Hebraism, September 7–9, 2008
Princeton University

Day 1 (Sunday, September 7, 2008)

8:30 am

Registration (Nassau Inn)

9:30 am

Gathering and Refreshments (Frist)

10:00 am

Welcoming Greetings
Peter Schäfer, Director, Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton
Yoram Hazony, Provost and Senior Fellow, The Shalem Center

Opening Remarks
Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University
Meirav Jones, The Shalem Center
Gordon Schochet, Rutgers University

10:20 am

Book Launch
Political Hebraism: Judaic Sources in Early Modern Political Thought

10:30 am

Panel I: Biblical Political Thought and its Jewish Exegesis I: Who Holds Power?
Chairperson: David Novak, University of Toronto

Stewart Moore, Yale University
Topic: Divine Rights: The Distribution of Power in Deuteronomy

David Goodblatt, University of California, San Diego
Topic: Varieties of Jewish Monarchism

Frederek Musall, University for Jewish Studies Heidelberg and Technical University Berlin
Topic: The "Prophet-Ruler" vs. the King: On the Critique of Kingly Authority in Medieval Jewish Thought

12:00 pm

Lunch and Break (Nassau Inn)

2:00 pm

Panel II: Biblical Political Thought and its Jewish Exegesis II: Individual and Collective
Chairperson: Mordecai Roshwald, University of Minnesota, Emeritus
Discussant: Aaron L. Katchen, Harvard University and Brandeis University, Emeritus

Joshua Berman, Bar Ilan University
Topic: The Sin of Achan (Joshua 7) and Theory of Collective Responsibility

Mira Morgenstern, City College of New York
Topic: Refracting the Biblical Text: Rousseau, the Bible, and Nation Formation

Joshua Weinstein, The Shalem Center
Topic: What Is Yishuv Medina?

Shmuel Trigano, University of Paris, Nanterre
Topic: The Five Cities of Israel: A Phenomenology of the Assembly of Israel

4:00 pm

Book Launch
Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought

4:10 pm

Coffee Break (Frist)

4:30 pm

Panel III: Biblical Political Thought and its Jewish Exegesis III: The Evolution of Political Forms
Chairperson: Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, The Shalem Center
Discussant: Gary Remer, Tulane University

Simeon Chavel, Princeton University
Topic: Political Thought and Religious Text in Ancient Israel and Judah in the Eighth and Seventh Centuries BCE

Jacob L. Wright, Emory University
Topic: Admitting Defeat: War, Memory and the Nation in the Hebrew Bible

James A. Diamond, University of Waterloo
Topic: Nahmanides on the Polis: Reading Exegesis and Kabbalah as Political Theory 

6:15 pm

Opening Dinner (Nassau Inn)

Keynote Address: Michael Walzer
Topic: Where Were The Elders?

Introductory Remarks and Chairperson: Gordon Schochet


Day 2 (Monday, September 8, 2008)

8:00 am

Gathering and Refreshments (Frist)

8:30 am

Panel IV: Jerusalem and Athens – Roundtable
Chairperson: Gordon Schochet, Rutgers University
Discussant: Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University

Yoram Hazony, The Shalem Center
Topic: Jerusalem and Athens Revisited

Steven Grosby, Clemson University
Topic: Jerusalem and Athens, In Defense of Jerusalem

Jonathan Jacobs, Colgate University
Topic: Reasons, Commandments and the Common Project

10:30 am

Coffee Break (Frist)

11:00 am

Panel V: From Maimonides to Spinoza
Chairperson: Seymour Feldman, Rutgers University, Emeritus
Discussant: Daniel J. Lasker, Ben-Gurion University

Gerald J. Blidstein, Ben-Gurion University
Topic: Zibbur as Partnership and Corporation in Maimonides

Abraham Melamed, University of Haifa
Topic: The Motif of the Isolated Island in the History of Jewish Political Thought: The Case of Maimonides (Guide 2:17)

Daniel H. Frank, Purdue University
Topic: The Politics of Fear: Idolatry and Superstition in Maimonides and Spinoza

Ronald Beiner, University of Toronto
Topic: Between Civil Religion and Liberalism: A Commentary on the Theological-Political Treatise, Chapters 16-20

1:00 pm

Lunch and Break (Nassau Inn)

3:00 pm

Panel VI: Hebraic Ideas of Social Justice in Early Modern Europe
Chairperson: Arthur Eyffinger, The Hague

Eric Nelson, Harvard University
Topic: "For the Land is Mine": The Hebrew Commonwealth and the Rise of Redistribution

Fania Oz-Salzberger, Monash University and University of Haifa
Topic: Social Justice and the Right of the People: The Seventeenth Century Reads the Hebrew Bible

4:00 pm

Coffee Break (Frist)

4:30 pm

Panel VII: Hebraism in the Development of Modern Law and Constitutionalism
Chairperson: Jason Rosenblatt, Georgetown University

Ofir Haivry, The Shalem Center
Topic: “Be Instructed You Who Judge The Earth”: The Biblical Foundation of John Fortescue’s Theory of English Law and Politics

Naomi Weiss, Bar Ilan University
Topic: Hooker’s Hebraic Hermeneutic

Oksana A. Dovgopolova, Odessa National University
Topic: The Biblical Law’s Theme as a Ground of Monarchomachian Theory in Early Anglican Political Conscience

Asher Maoz, Tel Aviv University
Topic: The Imprint of Jewish Law on Contemporary Legal Systems

8:30 pm

Gathering and Refreshments (Nassau Inn)

Brief Address by Suzanne Last Stone, Cardozo Law School
Topic: Law and Narrative in Jewish Law


Day 3 (Tuesday, September 9, 2008)

8:00 am

Gathering and Refreshments (Frist)

8:30 am

Panel VIII: Between Theological and Political Hebraism in Early Modernity
Chairperson: Mordechai Feingold, California Institute of Technology

Guido Bartolucci, University of Bologna
Topic: From Prisca Theologia to Respublica Hebraeorum: History of an Ideology

Claude Stuczynski, Bar Ilan University
Topic: Providentialism in Early Modern Catholic Iberia: Competing Influences of Hebraic Political Traditions

Yechiel M. Leiter, University of Haifa
Topic: The Political Hebraism of John Locke’s First Treatise of Government

Anne Oravetz Albert, University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Isaac Aboab da Fonseca’s Treatise on the Herem

10:30 am

Coffee Break (Frist)

10:45 am

Panel IX: Hebraism in America
Chairperson: Alan Mittleman, Jewish Theological Seminary
Discussant: Glenn Moots, Northwood University

Andrew R. Murphy, Rutgers University
Topic: New Israel in New England: The American Jeremiad and the Hebrew Scriptures

Shira Wolosky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Topic: "Old Testament Legalism": On John Cotton's Hebraic Politics

David J. Chalcraft, University of Derby
Topic: Dubois, Sociology, and the Political Legacy of the Hebrew Bible

12:15 pm

Lunch and Break (Nassau Inn)

2:00 pm

Panel X: Samples of Modern Jewish Political Thought
Chairperson: Silvia Berti, University of Rome—La Sapienza
Discussant: Emile Perreau-Saussine, Cambridge University

Francesca Yardenit Albertini, University of Potsdam
Topic: The Concept of Israel by Manuel Joël (1826-1890)

Ari Ackerman, Schechter Institute
Topic: Nationalism and Universalism in the Social Thought of Mordecai Kaplan

3:15 pm

Coffee Break (Frist)

3:30 pm

Panel XI: Viewing the Modern World of Nations Through Hebraic Lenses
Chairperson: Arthur Eyffinger, The Hague
Discussant: Daniel C. Kurtzer, Princeton University

Michael A. Rosenthal, University of Washington
Topic: Between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft: The Jewish Nation and the Idea of Biblical Science in Weimar Germany

Erica Weiss, Princeton University
Topic: Finding Hebraic Justice for Adolf Eichmann

5:00 pm

Closing Event (Nassau Inn)
Closing discussion moderated by Arthur Eyffinger, followed by Cocktails