Wine embodies a multifaceted symbolism in Judaism and plays a special role in its liturgy. Its importance can be observed in the blessing over the goblet of wine at the beginning of Jewish holidays, in which God is honored as the creator of the fruit of the vine. At the same time, the consumption of alcohol and wine is heavily regulated in Judaism. Wine also has a sacred function in Christianity. What kinds of alcohol are Jews allowed to produce, enjoy, and sell? How can this special relationship to alcohol in Judaism and Christianity be explained?
Jordan D. Rosenblum
Jordan D. Rosenblum is a professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His newest publications include Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2020).
David Grumett is a senior lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the Eucharist and theological views of food. In his major book Material Eucharist (Oxford University Press, 2016), he draws on insights from history, archeology, anthropology, and cultural studies to trace the history of the Eucharist in its material elements of bread and wine.
The dialogical lecture will be chaired by Shlomit Tripp.
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Dialogical Lecture Series: Kosher to Go – Perspectives on Religious Food Regulations (5)
Kosher to Go – Perspectives on Religious Food Regulations
In the dialogical lecture series, Jewish dietary laws are considered in relation to the dietary rules of other world religions (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam) and interpreted using perspectives from anthropology, ethnology, and the sociology of food. In this way, the origins and functions of dietary rules are examined up to the present day.
The Kitchen as a Substitute Sanctuary? Modern Debates Around Eating
With Kathrin Burger (science journalist and author) and Jonathan Schorsch (University of Potsdam)
25 Nov 2021
Do you eat Insects? – Forbidden Animals In Judaism and Hinduism
With Dr. Syed (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich) and Dr. Mattern (University of Tübingen), in German
30 Sep 2021
Between Sanction and Sanctification – Alcohol in Judaism and Christianity
With Jordan D. Rosenblum (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and David Grumett (University of Edinburgh), in German
22 Jun 2021
Kosher and Halal – Animal Slaughter in Judaism and Islam
With Aaron S. Gross (University of San Diego) and Serdar Kurnaz (Humboldt University of Berlin), in German
19 May 2021
Holy Food and Drink – Why Do Dietary Rules Exist?
With Prof. Kikuko Kashiwagi-Wetzel (Kansai University von Osaka) and Prof. David Kraemer (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), in English and German
22 Apr 2021