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Monday, June 8 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Remember Amalek: hatred and genocide in the Bible

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Amalek is traditionally perceived as Israel’s archrival enemy. To this day, the name Amalek is often heard in religious discourse, used as a code name for entities of ultimate evil that should be totally annihilated. What is the basis for this uncompromising idea? What does the pursuit of it reveal about the national ethos as well as the realpolitik of the ancient peoples, the Israelites and Amalekites? With no evidence for the existence of Amalek outside the Hebrew Bible, we are left with the biblical references to track the background, circumstances and drives that formed the merciless tradition about Amalek.


Gili Kugler

Dr Gili Kugler is a senior lecturer of Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on biblical traditions and theology with the use of historical-literary analysis of text composition... Read More →

Monday June 8, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm AEST