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orion BAR ILAN Univ. Colloquium: "Sacrifice: A Comparative Inquiry"
Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Jewish Studies
Jacob Taubes Minerva Center
for Religious Anthropology
Taubes Center Colloquium
SACRIFICE: A COMPARATIVE INQUIRY
February 23-26, 1998
February 23, 1998 - Neveh Ilan
8:00-9:00 First Session
A. Baumgarten (Bar Ilan) - "Opening Remarks"
S. Sered (Bar Ilan) - "Presence and Feasting, Absence and Sacrifice:
Gender and Ritual in an Okinawan Village"
T. Sundermeier (Heidelberg) - "Sacrifice in African Traditional Religions"
S. Cooper (Bar Ilan) - "Cultural Contextualization of Sacrifice"
13:00-14:30 - Lunch
14:30-18:30 Second Session
M. Greenberg (Hebrew University) - "Sacrifice in Ezekiel: An Alternative
to the Pentateuchal System or a Mere Variant of
J. Milgrom (UC Berkeley) - "Were the Firstborn Sacrificed to YHWH? To
Molek? Popular Practice or Divine Demand?"
G. Anderson (Harvard) - "Sacrifice and Cosmogony"
February 24, 1998, at Bar Ilan University, Beck Auditorium
8:30 Departure for Bar Ilan
M. Kaveh, President
J. Friedlander, Rector
M. Garsiel, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies
10:00-13:00 First Session
E. Eshel (Hebrew University) - "Sacrifices and Immersions: New Light from
Qumran and Archeology on the Purification of
the Corpse-Contaminated Person"
M. Swarz (Ohion State) - "The Semiotics of the Priestly Vestments in
15:00-18:00 Second Session
N. Belayche (Paris) - "Sacrifice and Theory about Sacrifice during the
'Pagan Reaction': Julian the Emperor"
B. Lang (Paderborn) - "This is My Body: Sacrificial Presentation and the
Origins of Christian Ritual"
18:30 Return to Nevel Ilan
February 25, 1998
9:00-13:00 First Session
D. Gershenson (Tel Aviv) - "A Reconsideration of the Diipoleia in the
Context of the Unredeemed Firstborn of a Jenny Ass of
Exod. 14:13 and the Beheaded Heifer of Deut. 21:1-9"
P. Varon (Tel Aviv) - "Sacrifice, Agriculture and Early Roman Law"
P. Herz (Regensburg) - "Sacrifice and Sacrificial Ceremonies in the Roman
Army of the Imperial Period"
14:30-18:30 Field Trip
February 26, 1998
9:00-13:00 First Session
T. Abusch (Brandeis) - "Aspects of Mesopotamian Sacrifice"
R. Meyer (Heidelberg) - "I Made It So That Their Hearts Cannot Forget the
Netherworld, So That the Gods Might Receive
Offerings: On the Theory and Practice of Sacrifice in Ancient Egypt"
A. de Jong (Leiden) - "Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Zoroastrianism:
Representations and Reconstructions"
14:30-17:30 Second Session
A. Agus (Hochschule, Heidelberg) - "Self-Sacrifice in Rabbinic
A. Baumgarten (Bar Ilan) - "Reform in a Sacrificial Context: The Reading
of the Shema According to the Rabbis"
17:30-18:30 Concluding Discussion
19:00 Closing Dinner in Jerusalem