Rice University Department of Religion

O'Brien MDEM Guest Lecture Series, March 24, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lecture/Lecture Series

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Susan Einbinder
Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature

From: University of Connecticut

Humanities Building

"Stone, Bone and Text: Anti-Jewish Violence in Tàrrega, 1348."

In July of 1348 a large number of Jews in Tàrrega (Catalonia, Spain) were murdered during an uprising by Christians who blamed the Jews for the spread of the Black Death. Dr. Einbinder’s talk explores new and old sources related to the attack on the Jewish call (quarter) in Tàrrega after the arrival of the plague. The sources range from a well-known Hebrew chronicle excerpt to a previously unknown Hebrew lament, archival sources, and the forensic analysis of mass graves of the victims uncovered in 2007.