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Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

Living the Lunar Calendar: Time Text and Tradition
30th January-1st February 2010

(as of 15 November 2009)



Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa, Israel
Schematizing the Lunar Calendar: Time Reckoning in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lis Brack-Bernsen, Regensburg University, Germany
The Babylonian Calendar and the Goal-Year Method for the Prediction of Month Length

Katie Billotte, Royal Holloway College, University of London, England
The End of an “Other’s" Time: Contemporary Representations of the Mayan Calendar in the West

Yigal Bloch, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Middle Assyrian Lunar Calendar and Chronology

Edoardo Detoma, Turin, Italy
An Easter Date Calendar in Ravenna

Leo Depuydt, Brown University, USA
Why Lunar Months Began a Day or so Later in Ancient Greece than in Ancient Egypt

Ron H. Feldman, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, USA
Taming the Wild and Wilding the Tame: The Shifting Relationships between Humans, God and Nature in the Qumran and Rabbinic Calendars

Michael L. Gorodetsky, Moscow State University, Russia
Lunar Tables in Medieval Russia

Deena Grant, Barry University, USA
The Moon and Monotheism in Ancient Israel

Robert Hannah, University of Otago, New Zealand
Early Greek Lunar Cycles: The Case of the Olympic Games

Wayne Horowitz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Sunday in Mesopotamia 

Stanislaw Iwaniszewski, National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico
Telling Time with the Moon in the Americas

Helen Jacobus, University of Manchester, England
4Q317 Phases of the Moon: A Qumran Calendar in Code

Daniel McCarthy, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Harmonization of the Lunar Year with the Julian Calendar by Anatolius, bishop of Laodicea, obit ca. 282 CE

Patrizia Marzillo, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany
What to do on the 30th? A Neoplatonic Interpretation of Hesiods "Works and Days" 765-8

Tsevi Mazeh, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
The Bright and Dark Sides of the Moon - Observations and (Some) Theory of the Nearest Celestial Object

Philipp Nothaft, Munich, Germany
Between Crucifixion and Calendar Reform: Medieval Christian Views of the Jewish Calendar

Shalom Paul, The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated
Literature, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Faculty of Humanities,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Naomi Rood, Colgate University, USA
Time and Desire on the Homeric Shield of Achilles

Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University, USA
From Observation to Calculation: The Development of the Rabbinic Lunar Calendar

John Steele, Brown University, USA
Living with a Lunar Calendar in Mesopotamia and China

Sacha Stern, University College London, England
The Rabbinic New Moon Procedure

Susan Tsumura, Tokyo, Japan
Adjusting Calculations to the Ideal in the Chinese and Japanese Calendars

Filip Vukosavović, Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, Israel
To "Leap" or not to "Leap"? – The Larsa Tablet

James Walton, USA
Lunar Ceremonial Planning in the Ancient American Southwest


*All programs subject to change. All lectures will be delivered in English