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Jews On the Dark Side (Marc Michael Epstein)
You wanted to know more! But are you sure you won’t regret it? In the wake of his extremely popular CSP 20th Anniversary series Inside the Jewish Mind, Professor Marc Michael Epstein delves deeper into the Jewish imagination—this time on the darker side. In this new series, exclusive to CSP, we dare to take a look at the Jewish things that go “bump” in the night. Jewish culture, both the high biblical and rabbinic traditions, and the folk traditions that borrowed from the cultures around the Jews have enough frightening and supernatural aspects to scare the hair off anyone’s head. Epstein, Professor of Religion and Visual Culture on the Mattie M. Paschall (1899) & Norman Davis Chair and Director of Jewish Studies at Vassar College, will dig deep into the archives of fearful Jewish mythic memories to resurrect creatures of legend, who have “starred” in every Jewish culture in every place and time Jews called home, from ancient scrolls to contemporary cinema.
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