Victoria: Wrestling with the Bible’s Most Troubling Texts

The Council of Christians and Jews (Vic) presents The Luncheon Club with Dr EMILY FILLER who will address ‘Something Dreadful’: wrestling with the Bible’s most troubling texts. on Tuesday 12 June 2018.


“Something dreadful” is a quote from Martin Buber, and this talk will take a detailed look at the passage it is quoted from, and will explore some of the texts that Buber and others consider to be the most terrible and troubling.

Dr Emily Filler is Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College in Indiana, where she teaches modern philosophy and ethics alongside the Jewish textual tradition. A PhD from the University of Virginia, she is particularly interested in the possibility that “troubling texts” – violent or otherwise ethically challenging biblical and rabbinic passages – can be good philosophical, ethical, and political tools. She is co-editor of the Journal of Jewish Ethics and directs the Sacred Texts and Ethics Group at the American Academy of Religion. She is visiting Australia as a guest of Limmud Oz.

Event Details:

Program: ‘Something Dreadful’: wrestling with the Bible’s most troubling texts.
Date: Tuesday 12th June 2018
Time: 12.15pm until 1.30pm
Location: East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, 488 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Cost: $15.00 entry fee, including Kosher light lunch
RSVP: Please advise the CCJ office if you are attending, ph: 9429 5212; email:




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