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Who is carrying the Menorah?

Talk by Steven Fine on Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoils Panel (with Audio Recording)

In his lecture Who is Carrying the Menorah? Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoil's Panel, Steven Fine explores a controversial Jewish interpretation of the Arch of Titus illustrations.

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Audio recording of the talk Who is carrying the Menorah?; 8 February 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin 2018

The arch depicts the triumphal procession of the Romans with spoils from the Jerusalem temple. The scene was later reinterpreted from a Jewish perspective as Jews carrying their sacred objects to exile.

Fine illustrates that this controversial counter-narrative still affects identity politics in Israel today.

Cast of the original Titus relief in Rome (81-96 CE)

Steven Fine

Steven Fine is professor at Yeshiva University in New York, director of the YU Center for Israel Studies and of the Arch of Titus Project. From spring 2018, he will teach as Frerich's Annual Professor at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.

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    This event is organized by the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Museum Berlin as part of the lecture series Bildnis machen. Judentum und Kunst (Making an image. Judaism and Art).

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