Mandel Scholion Research Center
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Noam Yadin- Evron is a PhD candidate in the Mandel Scholion – Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
She is writing her dissertation on the representation of money, commerce and poverty in Late Antique Christian art, under the supervision of Dr. Galit Noga-Banai (The Hebrew University) and Prof. Liz James (Sussex University).
Noam completed her undergraduate studies and Master's degree in Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and graduated with honors. She wrote her MA thesis on the representation of women in Basilica Eufrasiana in Poreč, Croatia, in order to examine the contradictions and complexities in the church's depiction of holy women in Late Antique Christianity. During her Master's degree she was part of a two-year interdisciplinary research group of Late Antiquity in the Hebrew University.
Money, Commerce and Poverty in Late Antique Christian Art
Money, and especially excessive wealth, were denounced not only by Jesus in the New Testament, but also by prominent figures in the church after Constantine. While the theme of wealth and poverty received much attentions from historians of the early church in the last two decades, art does not play a significant part in current studies of this topic. This situation creates a gap between textual-based studies and image-based studies of Late Antiquity. Yet this gap is not just academic: it reflects an existing gap in the historical material itself. While Christian texts on poverty and the perils of money dating between the third and the seventh centuries are numerous, art remains silent. My interest lies in this gap between art and text with regards to matters of wealth and poverty in Late Antiquity, and what can be learned from said gap on the function and meaning of Christian art in this period.