Symposium on Robert and Thomas Wakefield and the Study of Hebrew in England in the Sixteenth Century

 

 

Symposium on Robert and Thomas Wakefield and the Study of Hebrew

in England in the Sixteenth Century.

 

Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto

 

April 30, 10-3:00  Laurence K. Shook Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

 

The brothers Robert and Thomas Wakefield were perhaps the earliest pioneers in Hebrew studies in sixteenth-century England. Appointed reader in Hebrew at Oxford in 1529, Robert was influential in the campaign for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon based on the Levitical prohibitions; he argued that the Hebrew Bible could be used effectively to buttress Henry's case. Thomas, who inherited Robert’s books after the latter’s death in 1533, became the first regius professor of Hebrew at Cambridge in 1540 and held the position until his death in 1575.  A conservative in religion, however, he was barred from teaching for most of his career. The surviving books of the brothers, many heavily annotated, provide a powerful insight into the study of Hebrew in England and the controversies to which it was yoked, in particular the translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into English. The brothers deserve the close contextualizing analysis they have not heretofore received.

 

10:00 Welcome:  Richard Alway, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies &

Anna Shternshis, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

 

Speakers:

10:20 James P. Carley, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, York University, University of Kent  

‘Introduction to the Wakefield brothers and their role in Hebrew Studies in England/       

10:40 Theodor Dunkelgrün, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

‘Between Erasmus and Robert Wakefield: Matthias Adriani and the birth pangs of humanist Hebrew pedagogy’

Chair:  Judith Newman, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

11:30   Joanna Weinberg, Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

‘Hebraism in the circle of the Wakefield brothers’

Chair: Suzanne Akbari, Director, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

 

12:20  Lunch

 

1:15 Judith SchlangerHebrew manuscripts of Robert Wakefield: the state of the art’

Chair: Adam Cohen, Department of History of Art, University of Toronto

2:10 Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University, ‘The Wakefield brothers and the text of the Hebrew Bible’

Chair: Brian Stock, University of Toronto and Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

 

Registration is free but required. To register, please contact Barbara North (barbara.north@utoronto.ca).

 

For more information, please contact Ann Hutchison (a.hutchis@chass.utoronto.ca).

 

Date & Time
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location
Laurence K. Shook Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 59 Queen's Park Crescent East

Attachments
symposium_-_study_of_hebrew_in_england_in_the_sixteenth_century.pdf