The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years in 22 Objects
Saturday 1 April 2017
Oxford Martin School: Seminar RoomVenue
Author and journalist Rebecca Abrams tells the history of the Jewish people through 22 remarkable objects from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Spanning 4000 years of history, from Ancient Mesopotamia to modern day Britain, Abrams reveals the fascinating stories behind these treasures, which include a letter from a worried parent living in Egypt 2,500 years ago, an exceptionally rare Dead Sea Scroll jar from 1st-century Judaea, a pottery camel from Tang Dynasty China, a magic amulet from Medieval France, and a British bank note forged in a Nazi concentration camp in WWII. Through these objects, Abrams illuminates the journey of the Jewish people across the centuries and continents, a story of diversity and distinctiveness, suffering and resilience, continuity and adaptation.
‘Rebecca Abrams [is] the model of learned story-teller’ Simon Schama
Abrams is an award-winning author and journalist, and regularly reviews for the Financial Times. Her novel, Touching Distance, was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize for Literature. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oxford.