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Sunday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Should the Excommunication of Baruch Spinoza be Lifted?

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In 1656, Amsterdam’s rabbis excommunicated Baruch Spinoza for his “horrible heresies . . . .” He did not return to Jewish life but published a radical critique of all religious and political authority—his Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), the philosophical founding document of modern biblical criticism and modern liberal democracy and, indirectly, of political Zionism. Recent Jewish intellectuals have proposed lifting Spinoza’s excommunication. I show what were the theological and political issues at stake then and there, and whether or how they are the same here and now.

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Professor Martin Yaffe

University of North Texas

Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

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