This lively audio-visual presentation examines the appropriation, exploitation, and reinterpretation of the Jerusalem Temple’s legacy from antiquity to today. Prof. Branham will reflect upon the various ways the Temple’s authority as “sacred space" has been strategically co-opted visually, theologically, and politically to forge identities and establish power and legitimacy among different historical groups and in popular culture today.
Joan Branham is Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Providence College where she teaches courses in late-antique and medieval Jewish and Christian art and architectural history. She has been an invited visiting professor at Harvard University and Brown University, and currently serves as Chair of Fellowships for the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Prof. Branham has published widely on theories of sacred space, the relationship of gender, blood, and sacrifice in ancient Judaism and Christianity, and the iconography of late-antique synagogues and churches. She has also appeared as a scholarly consultant in documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel on topics including The Trial of Jesus , The Engineering Secrets of Hagia Sophia, The Bible’s Buried Secrets, and Building the Great Cathedrals.
This lecture will take place at the Tucson Jewish Community Center located at 3800 East River Road. The lecture will begin at 7 P.M.