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In late antiquity, two radically distinct conceptions of divine law—Greek natural law grounded in reason and biblical law grounded in revelation—confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. This lecture explores three ancient Jewish responses to these dueling conceptions of divine law—responses that would shape western civilization in profound ways.

Christine Hayes is the Weis Profess of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University. A specialist in talmudic-midrashic studies, Professor Hayes is nearing completion on a book entitled What’s so Divine about Divine Law?