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How Love is Viewed by World Religions

Posted 02/01/2010
Posted by Susan Gottlieb

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies' "First-of-the-Month" forum on contemporary topics will host a discussion by Yudit Greenberg on her book, The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, and on the topic of "love" as it appears in Jewish texts (from the Bible through the modern period) and in comparison with the world's great religions. Her talk, on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Her talk will be held in Wilde Auditorium, in the Harry Jack Gray Center, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions offers a comprehensive portrait of love in the context of the classic and contemporary literature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, as well as other cultures and philosophies.

Following the talk and questions and answers, there will be a book signing and information about purchasing the book. The book, The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, is published by ABC-CLIO.

Greenberg, who is the George D. And Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Religion and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College in Florida, writes on issues related to language, love, and the body in religious and philosophical writings. Her fields of teaching and research include modern and contemporary Jewish thought, women and religion, and cross-cultural studies of the body. She has written numerous articles in contemporary Jewish thought for journals such as The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy and is the author of Better than Wine: Love, Poetry and Prayer in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig.

Greenberg has lectured nationally and internationally, has served as co-chair of the Studies of Judaism Section of the American Academy of Religion and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. A native of Israel, she has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard and at the Centre for Jewish Studies at Oxford University.

Her lecture is sponsored in part by the Arnold C. and Beverly P. Greenberg Fund.