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Past Programs and Projects

2015

January 28, 2015: “Saluting the Completion of the Orion Bibliography Updating Project and the 20th Anniversary of the Orion Center.”
Presenters and subjects were:
Esther Chazon: Opening remarks
Pnina Shor (Israel Antiquities Authority): “The Documentation of the Scrolls and the Bibliography Project”
Shlomi Efrati: “The Updated Orion Bibliography Project”
Menahem Kister: “Sectarian Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature”
Michael Segal: “The Woman from Proverbs in New (Theological) Garb—A Study of 4Q184 and 4Q525”
Noam Mizrahi: “Text, Language, and Interpretation of a Biblical Passage from Qumran”

April 27, 2015: “Colloquium on the Qumran Scrolls”:
Jonathan Ben-Dov (University of Haifa): “Studying the Book of Hagu: Education and Adolescence in the Yahad”
Eshbal Ratzon (Tel-Aviv University; Orion Matlow Scholar 2012–2013): “Tours and Gates: Cosmic Geography in 1 Enoch”
Mechael Osband (Bar-Ilan University; Orion Matlow Scholar 2014–2015): “Pottery Workshops in Israel in Roman Times, as Compared to the Qumran Site”

2011

December 28. Evening Celebration of Two New Books by Michael E. Stone
On December 28, 2011, Orion will host an evening colloquium to celebrate the publication of two new books by Orion founder and Hebrew University Professor Michael E. Stone:
Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
Noah and His Book(s). Edited with Aryeh Amihay and Vered Hillel. SBL Early Judaism and Its Literature 28. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010.

4:30 p.m. Prof. Menahem Kister (The Hebrew University): “Enoch, Noah, Abraham: Competition among Biblical Figures in Postbiblical Literature”
Dr. Esther Chazon (The Hebrew University): “Text, Traditions, and Religious Experience in the Hodayot”
Dr. Alexander Kulik (The Hebrew University): “Language and Imagination: Linguistic Factors in the Development of Apocalyptic Traditions”
Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Room 501. The lectures will be given in Hebrew.

1 Enoch Seminar (March 2012)

Prof. Loren Stuckenbruck, Orion Distinguished Visiting Professor, conducts faculty/graduate seminar series at Orion

The Orion Center plans from time to time to host a leading scholar of the Scrolls or of Second Temple literature for a short visit, to offer a series of study seminars and to meet with Hebrew University faculty and students. We are pleased to host Prof. Loren T. Stuckenbruck this Spring as the inaugural Orion Distinguished Visiting Professor. We will benefit from his willingness to share with us his ongoing research on ancient texts and the ideas expressed in them.

Prof. Stuckenbruck will conduct a series of three working seminars for faculty and graduate students during his tenure at Orion:

Reading 1 Enoch: Text, Interpretation and Theology*

1. Thursday, March 15, 2012
2. Monday, March 19, 2012
3. Thursday, March 22, 2012

To read the Hebrew and English invitation, please click here

For the Seminar Abstracts please click here.
The seminars will focus on:

A critical overview of 1 Enoch: sources and the status quaestionis regarding historical and theological issues arising from the material.

The Aramaic fragments from Qumran and their value for text-critical work.


Current research on the finding and accessing of Ethiopic manuscripts which contribute significantly to text-critical work.

**Passages in 1 Enoch, especially in the "Book of Watchers," will be used to provide examples of problems of textual readings, interpretation and religious ideas. (Knowledge of Ge'ez is not required).
*Exact dates for these Second Semester Seminars will be posted at a later time.

Loren T. Stuckenbruck (born 1960) is Richard Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. Prof. Stuckenbruck's research focuses on Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity-in particular the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Enochic literature, other Jewish sapiential and apocalyptic writings, and the New Testament. His publications deal with central themes of Jewish theology as well as with the origins of Christology. Among his many contributions to the field of Second Temple literature is a thorough commentary on 1 Enoch 91-108. Prof. Stuckenbruck is presently preparing a commentary on 1 Enoch (the Book of the Watchers) for the Anchor Bible series. Along with Ted Erho, he is also preparing a text-critical edition of the Ethiopic manuscripts of Ethiopic Enoch. Stuckenbruck and Erho have identified 120 such manuscripts. In addition, Stuckenbruck is currently writing a German-language commentary on the Book of Revelation for the Zurich BibelKommentar series. He is or has been an editor for a number of some of the most prestigious journals in the fields of Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Studies. For a bibliography of Prof. Stuckenbruck's publications click here.

Scrolls Forum 2000–2004

January the 13th, 2004
A special program to mark the end of the Ninth International Symposium of the Orion Center will be held on Tuesday, January the 13th, 2004 at 20:00 at the Israel Museum, Moadon Hashocharim
to see the program in Hebrew, please click here

Qumran and Early Christianity: Scholars' Panel

Greeting: Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Curator, Shrine of the Book
Moderator: Dr. David Satran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Panelists:
Dr. Oded Irshai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Israel Knohl, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Daniel Stoekl Ben-Ezra, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jointly Sponsored by the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls
and the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum

Lectures in Hebrew
Museum Entrance Fee

June 10 , 2003
Program:
"Envisioning the Temple: Scrolls, Stones, and Symbols"
Sponsored by the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew University, in cooperation with the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum
Speakers: Prof. Hanan Eshel, Bar-Ilan University: "The Temple Scroll: 25 Years After"
Dr. Aharon Shemesh, Bar-Ilan University: "Jerusalem of the Temple Scroll"
19:30, Israel Museum.

March 13, 2003
Orion Tour to the Shrine of the Book:
On Thursday, 9 Adar, 13 March, 2003, the Orion Center arranged a tour of the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book for University President, Prof. Menachem Magidor; Rector, Prof. Haim Rabinowitch; Pro-Rector, Prof. Mara Beller; and Vice President and Director General, Mr. Moshe Vigdor. The tour was led by Dr. Esther Chazon, Orion Center Director, and Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Curator, the Shrine of the Book. Dr. Sylvia Rosenberg, Chief Curator of the Israel Museum's Archaeology Department, also took part.

The program began with an explanation of the Shrine's regular exhibits. The visitors were also admitted to the "safe room" where the scrolls belonging to the Hebrew University are kept. Ms. Penina Shor, Director of the Artifacts Treatment and Conservation Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, conducted the group through the Scrolls Preservation Laboratory, where they learned how the scrolls are restored and preserved. The event concluded with a luncheon in the Museum's Atrium Restaurant, where participants were joined by Prof. Michael Stone, Head of the Orion Center's Academic Committee, and Mr. James Snyder, the Israel Museum's Director.

Picture 1 : Mr. Vigdor, Prof. Beller, Dr. Chazon, Prof. Magidor, Prof. Rabinowitch, and Dr. Roitman outside the Shrine of the Book.
Picture 2 : Ms. Shor, Dr. Chazon, Dr. Roitman, Prof. Rabinowitch, Prof. Magidor, Mr. Vigdor, and Prof. Beller examining a scroll.
Picture 3 : Prof. Stone with Prof. Rabinowitch, Mr. Snyder, and Prof. Magidor, at the Atrium.

Pontifical Biblical Institute Lectures 1999–2009

The lectures are sponsored by the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Rothberg International School, Division of Graduate Programs..
The lectures, given in English, are held at the PBI and designed for students at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Hebrew University Division of Graduate Programs.
The seminars convene in Room 2001/2, Rabin World Center of Jewish Studies, Mt. Scopus, Hebrew University


2008 -2010 December 22, 2009
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls/ Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies Center for the Study of Christianity Division of Graduate Studies of the Rothberg International School/ and the Pontifical Biblical Institute
invite you to the annual lecture in memory of Ms. Miriam Sheffer z”l.
DR. MICHAEL SEGAL (Department of Bible, Faculty of Humanities):
INNER-BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL
5:30 P.M., Boyar Bldg., Room 200
To read the English invitation, please click here



December 2, 2008.
Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies/ The Rothberg International School / The Center for the Study of Christianity/ The Pontifical Biblical Institute Lectures in Memory of Miriam Sheffer
6:00 p.m. Prof. Deborah Gera , (Department of Classics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Women who Wrestle with God (and Men)” (in English). (In order to read the abstract please click here)
Boyar Bldg. (The Rothberg International School ), Room 100.