Arts & Sciences

Dr. Joshua Ezra Burns presents ‘Shabbat as Defiance of Roman Law,’ April 17

Dr. Joshua Ezra Burns, associate professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, will speak on “Shabbat as Defiance of Roman Law” as part of the Humanities Research Colloquium series on Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in Marquette Hall 105 and virtually via Teams.

The talk considers an ancient Jewish legend that depicts a dialogue between a rabbi and a Roman official over Shabbat. What did Rome care about the Jewish day of rest? What did rabbis care about Rome? The answers, Burns suggests, lie at the intersection of history, theology and legal theory. 

Burns teaches Hebrew scriptures and Jewish studies at Marquette. His research focuses on Jewish life and thought in classical antiquity. 

To obtain the Teams link, email Dr. Melissa Ganz, associate professor of English in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.