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PBI / PUG Joint Conference

Conferences ,

Jesus and the Pharisees:
An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal

On the Occasion of the 110th Anniversary of the Biblical Institute's Founding, May 7, 1909

The international conference will be held at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Gregorian University May 7 - 9, 2019,

Online registration is available beginning January 28, subject to limited availability of seats, at https://www. The program and other information is available at the same site.  

The conference brings together Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, and other scholars from Argentina, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, and the United States. The conference first deals with the possible origins and meanings of the name “Pharisee” in different languages. It then examines the various ancient sources
about the Pharisees (Josephus, Qumran, archaeological data, the New Testament, and Rabbinic Literature).

After a round table discussion of the results concerning the “historical” Pharisees, the second part of the conference will be devoted to Wirkungsgeschichte, from Patristic Literature, to Medieval Jewish interpretations, to Passion Plays, the Movies, Religion Text Books, and Homiletics.  In the end, we will look at possible ways to represent the Pharisees less inadequately in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: Pope Francis will be granting a special audience to registered participants, on Thursday, May 9.

The conference is organized by the Pontifical Biblical Institute in collaboration with the Pontifical Gregorian University, especially its Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies.