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Modeling the Flood Story: Midrash and Movie

Noah's Ark

On Sunday, November 30th, 2014 from 2 - 5 PM, the Yeshiva University Museum, together with Yeshiva College and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, will be hosting a symposium titled "Modeling the Flood Story: Midrash and Movie," featuring interpretations of the Biblical flood account and a discussion of the 2014 film Noah. Reservations are required and tickets are available, free of charge, at

PART 1 The Biblical Flood Story, Background and Interpretation

The Mesopotamian Flood Story: Old Stories, New Discoveries
Dr. Irving Finkel 
(The British Museum)
Brave New World: The Biblical Flood Story in its Literary Context
Dr. Devora Steinmetz (Drisha Institute)
Rabbinic Interpretation of the Flood Story
Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein (New York University)

PART 2 Noah (2014)

Biblical Films and Noah
Dr. Eric Goldman (Yeshiva University)
Noah as Midrash and Art
Rabbi Hayyim Angel (Yeshiva University)
, Dr. Devora Steinmetz, and Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein 
in conversation with
 Dr. Eric Goldman

This special event will take place at the Yeshiva University Museum in the Center for Jewish History located at 15 West 16th Street
, New York, NY 10011. The program complements the Museum’s exhibition Modeling the Synagogue—from Dura to Touro. A curatorial tour of the exhibition will precede the program.