How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Early Modern Views of the Last Supper
Anthony Grafton, a leading cultural and intellectual historian of Renaissance Europe, will speak about important historical developments in the understanding of the Last Supper. He will posit that the Christian discovery of a Jewish Jesus began not in the 19th century but in the Renaissance.
Anthony Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton. He was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received his PhD in 1975, and University College London. He studies the history of books and readers, of scholarship, and of science in early modern Europe. His books include Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford University Press, 1983–1993), The Footnote: A Curious History (Harvard University Press, 1997), and, with Joanna Weinberg, I Have Always Loved the Holy Tongue: Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance Scholarship (Belknap Press, 2011). He received the Balzan Award for History of the Humanities in 2002 and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2003.
This event is free and open to the public.