“Obvious and Obscure: Moments that Have Transformed Judaism”
Ori Z. Soltes Goldman Professorial Lecturer in theology and fine arts, Georgetown University
Ori Z. Soltes teaches art history, theology, philosophy, and political history at Georgetown University. He is former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 85 exhibitions on history, ethnography, and modern and contemporary art there and at other venues across the country and overseas. He is the author of over 280 books, articles, exhibition catalogues, and essays on a variety of topics. Recent books include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; Searching for Oneness: Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Untangling the Web of the Middle East; Magic and Religion in the Greco-Roman World: The Beginnings of Judaism and Christianity; and most recently, God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War and Art.
Professor Soltes leads study tours to different parts of the world, including the religious world’s most sacred sites.
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