I had dinner last night with about thirty people who are in some way or another involved with the European Seminar on Advanced Jewish Studies. The seminars are being held at Oxford this year, with two different topics. Alison Salvesen is coordinating “Greek Scripture and the Rabbis,” and Joanna Weinberg is coordinating “The Reading of Hebrew and Jewish Texts in the Early Modern Period.”
I particularly enjoyed speaking with Tessa Rajak, who is incredibly fun, and a young scholar named Reinhart Ceulemans, from Leuven, who Alison Salvesen said was the smartest person she’s ever met. Emanuel Tov arrives at the manor today, and Anneli Aejmelaeus should arrive next week.