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Please join us for a lecture by Moshe Zuckermann – Professor Emeritus at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at the Tel Aviv University – on the significance of Leviathan and Nehushtan in philosophy and art. Leviathan – the sea creature appearing in several books of the Hebrew Bible, including the Psalms, the Book of Job, the Book of Isaiah, and the Book of Amos – has been appropriated by several authors, from Thomas Hobbes to Herman Melville. Nehushtan – the bronze serpent first described in the Book of Numbers – has been depicted by many artists, such as Michelangelo and William Blake. Both figures have influenced the artists whose work is currently on view at CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo. While Leviathan is the main source of inspiration for the eponymous film cycle by Shezad Dawood, currently on view in the Center’s Marc Schimmel multipurpose gallery, Nehushtan is the main reference of Nicholas Hlobo’s work Inyoka Yobhedu, currently on view in the Center’s ground floor gallery.

The event will be held in Hebrew.

Evangeliary of Averbode, 1150-1175 (detail). 173 pages, 27.7 × 19.2 cm. Collection of the University of Liège (Belgium)

Lecture | Leviathan and Nehushtan in Philosophy and Art

November 18, 2021



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