Woolf Institute Lecture Series: Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia, 'Jacob and Esau and the Interplay of Jewish and Christian Identities in the Middle Ages'

22nd May, 2019 @ 17:30 - 19:00

Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0UB


The Woolf Institute Lecture Series offers us the opportunity to listen to talks by senior British academics, politicians, and activists.

The third event as part of this series will be on Wednesday 22 May 2019 with a talk by Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia entitled 'Jacob and Esau and the Interplay of Jewish and Christian Identities in the Middle Ages'.

This paper examines the complex relationship between Judaism and Christianity through the biblical narrative of Jacob and Esau. It explores how medieval Jews and Christians internalised the claims made by their respective religious traditions and asks whether the image of fraternal rivalry between Jacob and Esau adequately encapsulates the ambiguous and paradoxical relationship between medieval Christianity and Judaism.

Anna Sapir Abulafia took up the Chair of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford in April 2015. Previously she taught in Cambridge where she was Senior Tutor (1996 - 2002) and Vice-President (2002 - 2010) of Lucy Cavendish College. The main focus of her research is on interactions between Christians and Jews within the broad context of twelfth and thirteenth-century theological and ecclesiastical developments in medieval Latin Christendom. Her most recent book is Christian-Jewish Relations, 1000-1300. Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom (2011). Her present project examines the place of Jews and Muslims in Gratian’s Decretum and its glosses.

How to book

This is an open event. Please book here.

For further information, please contact enquiries@woolf.cam.ac.uk.

Back to Events