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The Aroma of Righteousness

The Aroma of Righteousness

Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00 pm

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What do death, sex, and faith have in common? What brings together myrrh, marriage to God, and burning to death before a crowd of cheering Romans? To answer these fundamental questions, Deborah Green, author of The Aroma of Righteousness, brought us Jewish daily life in the Roman Empire and the role of scent and their relation to rabbinic literature and theology.

Deborah A. GreenDeborah A. Green is the Greenberg Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Oregon. A graduate of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, she also serves as director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. The focus of Dr. Green's work is Jewish life in the ancient world. She has completed studies on death, martyrdom, and aroma, and is working on a major study of gardens and their role in ancient Judaism.

About the Aroma of Righteousness

“This is a delicious book —
accomplished, original,
and encyclopedic —
on a topic that has
hardly been treated
in modern scholarship.”

— David Stern,
    University of Pennsylvania

"Brimming with creative,
interdisciplinary approaches"
— Michael Fishbane,
    University of Chicago


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.