Hebrew University professor lectures in Rome


Professor Yair Zakovitch from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to give two lectures as part of the The Lay Centre’s spring series, “Mercy Beyond Boundaries.” (Photo: Pontifical Gregorian University)

The Pontifical Gregorian University will host the fourth session in a lecture series, marking the 50th anniversary of the Conciliar document “Nostra Aetate” on the relationship of the Catholic Church with other religions.

On Feb. 17, Professor Yair Zakovitch from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Father Innocenzo Gargano, osb cam, from the Pontifical Urbaniana University will lecture on the theme “Biblical Insights into the Frictions Between Memory, Forgetting and Forgiveness.” 

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m., in lecture hall C008 of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Piazza della Pilotta, 4.

The event, free and open to the public, will be both in English and Italian with simultaneous translation.

The lecture series is titled, “In Memory and Celebration: 50 Years with Nostra Aetate.”  It is offered by the Cardinal Bea Centre and the National Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy (UNEDI).

Professor Zakovitch is a friend of The Lay Centre and is residing with the community of resident scholars during his time in Rome.

He will also offer two sessions of The Lay Centre’s spring formation program. The six-week program, titled “Mercy Beyond Boundaries,” will focus on mercy in the three Abrahamic religions.

Professor Zakovitch will lecture on “Mercy in the Hebrew Bible” on Feb. 25 and March 8. Click here for more details.

He is also this year’s Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn lecturer at the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies of the Pontifical Gregorian University. The centre proposes courses and seminars on a deeper study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. Professor Zakovitch’s course this term is titled “Midrash: The Jewish Way of Reading Scripture.”


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