Michael Fishbane on the Stages of Life and its Tasks according to Jewish Ethics and Religion

  • Yao Xinzhong from the Renmin University Department of Philosophy introduced Michael Fishbane.

6:30–9:00 pm


Michael Fishbane, the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School and the College at UChicago, discussed how Jewish sources from antiquity through the early modern period describe the construction of stages of life and set different ethical and spiritual tasks for each one.

Professor Fishbane is trained in Semitic languages, biblical studies, and Judaica, his writings span from the ancient Near East and biblical studies to rabbinics, the history of Jewish interpretation, Jewish mysticism, and modern Jewish thought. Among his many books are Text and Texture; Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel; Garments of Torah; The Kiss of God; and The Exegetical Imagination: On Jewish Thought and Theology. Both Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel and The Kiss of God won The National Jewish Book Award in scholarship.  In 2013, Fishbane was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event was cosponsored by the the Renmin University Department of Philosophy, with support from Moishe House Beijing.

(Photos by Yuxuan Li)