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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.

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Gili Kugler

Dr Gili Kugler is a Biblical Studies lecturer at Sydney University. Her research traces the development of traditions and beliefs in the Hebrew Bible. Her book, “When God Wanted to Destroy the Chosen People: Biblical Traditions and Theology on the Move”, was published in 2019... Read More →

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