Love of God in the Bible and Beyond
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Love of God in the Bible and Beyond

Deena Grant, PhD

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 7:30 PM
The Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library
Maurice Greenberg Center, Harry Jack Gray Center E300

The Biblical command in Deuteronomy 6:5, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might” has become a central component of Jewish liturgy. And yet, it is a perplexing injunction. How can God command people to feel an emotion? Moreover, if willing oneself to love God is, in fact, achievable, how might one get there? In this talk, Deena Grant considers this command through the lenses of biblical scholarship, religious studies, and the distinctive Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions.

Deena Grant is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary. She received her PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University, specializing in Hebrew Bible. Her book Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible (Catholic Biblical Association, 2014) explores varying expressions of God’s anger across major biblical collections. An observant Jewish scholar, Grant values studying and teaching the Hebrew Bible from a historical-critical perspective and also as it is interpreted and lived out by faith communities. Deena Grant is currently working on the concept of hate in the Hebrew Bible.

Lecture made possible by The Humanities Center and the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.

The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is located the Harry Jack Gray Center at the University of Hartford.

The Harry Jack Gray Center is number 15 on the campus map. You can park in Lot K, and walk across the quad.

  • If you enter the 1877 Club entrance (upper-right corner of the upside down "U" shape), you can take the elevator on your right to the upper level (UL).
  • If you enter the Wilde Auditorium entrance (right-hand side of the upside down "U" shape), you can take the stairs up to the top floor and turn left.