Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Visual Symbols Draw fr0m the Same Well

10 July, 2023

We are deeply honoured to welcome Professor Ori Soltes, Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, USA, and a Chair of the International Interfaith Reading Group on ART in Interfaith Contexts, to lead a session on Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Visual Symbols Draw from the Same Well.

Here are more details of this fascinating event.

Topic: Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Visual Symbols Draw from the Same Well

Abstract: This image-rich talk will introduce some of the many examples of how symbols in the visual art of the Abrahamic traditions draw from a pagan vocabulary that precedes all of them as well as from each other; how they converge and diverge across history and geography; and how they continue to appear in the modern and contemporary art of a world that often defines itself to be secular.

SpeakerProfessor Ori Soltes, Centre for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University, USA

Speaker’s biography: Professor Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 90 exhibitions across the country and overseas. He has authored or edited 25 books and several hundred articles and essays. Recent volumes include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Searching for Oneness, Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture and Growing Up Jewish in India: Synagogues, Ceremonies, and Customs from the Bene Israel to the art of Siona Benjamin. More information about Professor Soltes’ work is available at his website.

Chair: Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt, King’s College London, UK. Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt is a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, an associate lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and an associate priest in an Oxfordshire parish.

Date: 10 July, 2023

Time: 18:00-19:00 BST | 19:00-20:00 CEST | 10:00-11:00 PDT | 13:00-14:00 EDT

Venue: Online

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