September 29, 2011

Scholars Jack Miles and David Biale Discuss Gospel and Mishnah at the Getty Museum

And in the End Was Commentary: How the Gospels and the Mishnah Happened Side by Side

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m.


LOS ANGELES—Jack Miles, professor of English and religious studies at the University of California, Irvine, and David Biale, professor of Jewish history at the University of California, Davis, will be featured in conversation in And in the End Was Commentary: How the Gospels and the Mishnah Happened Side by Side, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, on Wednesday, October 19.

In the presentation, Miles (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning GOD: A Biography and general editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions) and Biale (author of Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought and Judaism editor for the forthcoming anthology) will explore Gospel and Mishnah, and the distinction between scripture and commentary.

Early religious texts included scripture passed down through written and spoken word, and also included the interpretations by those writing and illustrating the text. This often results in conflict and debate regarding the validity of commentary contained within these documents. Specifically, the presentation will focus on the Christian Gospels and the Jewish Mishnah.

The lecture complements the exhibition “In the Beginning Was the Word”: Medieval Gospel Illumination, which is on view through November 27, 2011.

And in the End Was Commentary: How the Gospels and the Mishnah Happened Side by Side, takes place on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Harold Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. The event is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

Image at top: Saint Mark, late 13th century. Unknown illuminator. Constantinople, Turkey. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold ink, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 65, fol. 103v.  

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