COVID-19 and the Hebrew Bible

Dr. Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Dr. Yeshaya Gruber & Pinchas Shir

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When you are in the midst of the plague, you are in the hands of God. Dr. Yeshaya Gruber on 2 Samuel 24


This fascinating roundtable conference – conducted live during the height of the coronavirus crisis in April 2020 – covers such topics as:

•    Does the Hebrew Bible offer help in combating infectious diseases?
•    Does following the Torah keep you safe from viruses like COVID-19?
•    Why is this pandemic happening now?
•    Is the virus God’s punishment for the sins of humanity?
•    Is it a blessing in disguise to reconsider humanity’s direction?

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Dean and Professor of Ancient Cultures at Israel Bible Center and the Israeli Institute of Biblical Studies, is an expert Israeli scholar in Biblical Studies and early Christianity. Dr. Yeshaya Gruber is a Professor of Jewish History and Culture at Israel Bible Center; his research addresses Jewish and Christian texts, traditions, and interactions throughout history. Prof. Pinchas Shir is an Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures at Israel Bible Center; he is currently finalizing his dissertation on ancient dining culture with a particular focus on table interactions between Jews and Gentiles in antiquity.

Scholars Panel

Dr. Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Professor of Ancient Cultures and Head of School

Dr. Yeshaya Gruber

Professor of Jewish History and Culture

Pinchas Shir

Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

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