PSCO Presentation: 1 December, 2016

“Parody, Pastiche, and Collective Memory in the Alphabet of Ben Sira”

Jillian Stinchcomb (Penn)


Jill Stinchcomb is a third-year PhD student in Penn’s Department of Religious Studies (and a current PSCO co-chair!). She came to Penn after graduating with Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Second Temple Judaism. An alumna of the University of Notre Dame ('12) and a California native, she's interested in parabiblical literature, particularly with respect to issues of narrativity, feminism, postcolonial thought, intellectual history, and reception history.

Audio Recordings

Here is an audio recording of this presentation. (If you prefer, you can download this recording.)

Here is an audio recording of the discussion. (You can also download this recording.)

Suggested Readings

In preparation for the session, the presenter suggests the following reading.

The English translation of the “Alphabet of Ben Sira” by Norman Bronznick with David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky, chapter 8 in Rabbinic Fantasies, ed. Stern and Mirsky (repr. ed; Yale UP, 1998), 167-202.

A PDF of this reading has been posted in the Files area of our PSCO Facebook page. If you would like it sent to you by email, please contact Jill Stinchcomb (jstin@sas).

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.