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CONFERENCES AND LECTURES


In addition to Orion Center Activities, the following events have come to our attention. We want to provide a complete list of all significant happenings related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Please send information on upcoming events to us at: orioncenter@mail.huji.ac.il or fax +972-2-588-3584.

2014

January 2014 | February | March | April | May | June | July | November | December


July


Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXIII 2014
The Books of Samuel: Stories - History - Reception History

Conference Date:July 30 - August 1, 2014
Location:Leuven - BELGIUM
Website:http://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/centres/centr_collbibl


June



International Conference: Judaea in the Long Third Century BCE: The Transition between the Persian and Hellenistic Periods

Conference Date: May 31 and June 1-3, 2014
Location: Tel Aviv

Program

Saturday, May 31, 2014 (for participants only)

19:30-Greetings and Introduction: Main Goals of the Conference (Oded Lipschits, Sylvie Honigman, Thomas Romer and Christophe Nihan)

19:45-Dinner

20:30-21:30-Methodological Problems of dealing with “Long Third Century” BCE Research

20:30-20:45 - Three Opening Remarks on Problems of dealing with the Research of the Ptolemaic Period:

Sylvie Honigman-History and Historiography

Thomas Romer-Bible

Oded Lipschits-Archaeology

20:45-21:30 - Discussion

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Morning Lectures: Historical and Historiographical Perspectives

08:00-08:30-Coffee

08:30-10:00

Lester Grabbe (University of Hull) - The Ptolemaic Period: A Dark Age in Jewish History?

Sylvie Honigman (Tel Aviv University) - Continuity and Change between the Persian and the Hellenistic Periods: A Historiographical Survey

10:15-11:45

Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen)-Greek Historians on Jews and Judaism in the Third Century BCE

Boris Chrubasik (University of Toronto)-Sanctuaries, Dynasts, Empire: The Structure and Nature of the Seleucid State

11:45-12:15-Coffee Break

12:15-13:45

Damien Agut-Labordere (CNRS, France)-Gods in Gray Area: The Political Situation of the Egyptian Temples from Artaxerxes III to the Reforms of Ptolemy II (342-263 BCE)

Gilles Gorre (University of Rennes)-Administrative Changes and Their Impacts on Urban and Sacred Spaces in Egypt in the Third Century BCE

13:45-15:30-Lunch

Afternoon Lectures: Compilation of Jewish Texts in the Early Hellenistic Period

15:30-17:00

Martin Rosel (Universitat Rostock)-A View from the Outside: The Septuagint-Translating and Adapting the Torah to the Third Century BCE

Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA)-The Production of Greek Books in the Alexandrian Jewish Community

17:00-17:30-Coffee Break

17:30-19:00

Timothy Lim (New College, University of Edinburgh)-The Idealization of Ptolemaic Kingship in the Legend of the Origins of the Septuagint

Manfred Oeming (Universitat Heidelberg)-Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empire?

20:30-Dinner

Monday, June 2, 2014

Morning Lectures: Ptolemaic Period Texts, Language and Script

08:00-08:30-Coffee

08:30-10:00

Konrad Schmid (Universitat Zürich)-How to Identify a Ptolemaic Period Text in the Hebrew Bible

Herve Gonzalez (Universite de Lausanne)-Writing Judean Prophecies in the Early Hellenistic Period: Some Methodological and Historical Comments

10:15-11:45

Frank Polak (Tel Aviv University)-East and West: Language and Learning in Ptolemaic Palestine

David S. Vanderhooft (Boston College)-Aramaic, Paleo-Hebrew, and “Jewish” Scripts in the Ptolemaic Period

11:45-14:00-Lunch

Afternoon Lectures: Archaeology of Judah in the “Long Third Century”

14:00-15:45

Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University) - Judah in the “Long Third Century”-The Archaeological Perspective

Yossi Garfinkel (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Late Persian-Early Hellenistic Period

Debora Sandhaus and Igor Kreimerman (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)-Pottery from the Late Persian-Early Hellenistic Period at Khirbet Qeiyafa

15:45-16:15-Lunch

Evening Lectures: The “Long Third Century”-The Numismatic Evidence

16:15-18:30

Catherin Lorber (the American Numismatic Society) -Numismatic Evidence and the Chronology of the Fifth Syrian War

Haim Gitler (The Israel Museum), Catherine Lorber ((the American Numismatic Society) and Jean-Philippe Fontanille (Independent Scholar)-Ptolemaic Coins of Judah: The State of Research

Yoav Farhi (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)-The Numismatic Finds from the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Period at Khirbet Qeiyafa and Tel Azekah

20:00-Dinner

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Morning Lectures: “The Long Third Century”-Other Archaeological Perspectives

08:30-09:00-Coffee

09:00-10:30

Guy Stiebel (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) - In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great”: Tracking Down the Short Duree

Stefan Pfeiffer (Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle,Wittenberg) - Great King Ptolemy: The Victorious King in the Light of a Greek Inscription from Jaffa (SEG XX 467)

10:30-11:00-Coffee Break

11:00-12:30

Gil Gambash (University of Haifa)-Re-dating Akko's Phoenician Harbor: A New Ptolemaic Commercial Center in the Levant

Andrea M. Berlin (Boston University) and Sharon Herbert (University of Michigan)-The Achaemenid-Ptolemaic Transition: The View from Tel Kedesh

12:30-13:00-Coffee Break and Light Lunch

13:00-13:30-Summary and Summarizing Discussion:

Lester Grabbe (University of Hull, England)-Gaps in Our Knowledge of the Ptolemaic Period

Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University)-Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel of Archaeological Research of the “Long Third Century”?

Thomas Romer (Universite de Lausanne)-Identity Through Writings: Jewish Writers of the Ptolemaic Period

Christophe Nihan (Universite de Lausanne)-Relating Social-Economic Changes and Literary Compositions: Current issues and new avenues

Sylvie Honigman (Tel Aviv University)-New Periodizations in Factual History and Textual History: Convergences and Divergences

13:30-15:00 - Summarizing Discussion




OXFORD SEMINAR IN ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

Seminar Subject:"The Reception of Josephus in the Early Modern Period"
Seminar Date: January to June 2014
Seminar Leaders: Professor Martin Goodman and Dr Joanna Weinberg
Website: For more information please click here



Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: The Texts, Reading Strategies, and the Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple and Early Judaism

Conference Date: 2-3 June 2014
Institution: St Andrews
Website: http://standrewssymposium.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/registration-now-open-ancient-readers.html



Offspring of Byzantium series

Conference Date: weekly, June-July
Location: Berlin
Website:http://www.topoi.org/event/23879/


Jesus and Brian or: What have the Pythons done for us?

Conference Date: 20-22 June 2014
Location: King's College London
Website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/trs/events/jandb/index.aspx

You are invited to register for this ground-breaking conference which uses Monty Python's Life of Brian as a scholarly tool to help us reflect on the New Testament, Jewish history, interpretation and meaning.
Speakers are at the cutting edge of scholarship on the historical Jesus and first-century Judaea, and include: Martin Goodman , George Brooke , Joan Taylor , Bart Ehrman, Amy-Jill Levine, James Crossley, Philip Davies, Helen Bond, Guy Stiebel , Steve Mason, Adele Reinhartz , James Dunn and Paula Fredriksen. There will also be celebrity guests, reflecting on the film and its initial reception, and opportunity for discussion.
A superb conference dinner, with star keynote speaker, will be held at historic Inner Temple on Saturday June 21st, hosted by Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of Temple Church.
Costs: Early registration rate of £180 is available until April 30, 2014, and includes all sessions for three days, with lunches and refreshments provided. Reduced student rate available. The conference dinner is optional, and is available for the supplementary charge of £65. From May 1st, the full conference fee £220 will be charged, also with reduced student rate available.

Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira

Conference Date: 22-25 June, 2014
Location: Strasbourg, France (Universite de Strasbourg)
Website: Reconfiguring the Study of Ancient Hebrew


November 2014


ASOR 2014 (San Diego)

Conference Date:19-22 Nov. 2014
Location: San Diego
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/saswiki/Home/announcements/conferences/asorcallforpaperssandiego19-22nov2014



December


"Bible as Notepad"

Conference Date: December 10-12
Location: Oslo
Website:

Old 2014



January 2014



INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN APOCRYPHAL LITERATURES
THE LIFE OF ADAM AND EVE AND ADAMIC TRADITIONS

Conference Date: January 7th-10th, 2014
Location: Universite de Lausanne
Website: http://www.aelac.org/aelacnet/collacVAEe.htm


IWC Archaeology Group at Tel Aviv University Spring
2014 Semester

Conference Date:January- June 2014
Location: The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University
Website:http://new.tau.ac.il/sites/default/files/media_server/untitled%20folder%202/IWC_final.pdf


February

Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar for the Spring 2014 semester

Conference Date: February 18, 2014
Location: New York

The first Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar for the Spring 2014 semester will take place at 6 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the Wilf (uptown) Campus of Yeshiva University in the Lipschutz-Gutwirth Study Hall (Rubin Shul), 2501 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033.

This seminar marks the publication of Reading and Re-reading Scripture at Qumran by Dr. Moshe J. Bernstein, Professor of Bible and Jewish History and David A. and Fannie M. Denenberg Chair in Biblical Studies at Yeshiva.

There will be two presentations:
Dr. Hindy Najman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, "A Preparatory Study of Nomenclature and Text Designation in the Dead Sea Scrolls;"

Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Vice-Provost and Professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University, "The Temple Scroll Between the Bible and the Mishnah."

Dr. Bernstein will be the respondent to both papers.

Emotions in Prayer during the Second Temple Period

Conference Date: 2 February 2014
Location: Offer Observatory, floor 30, Eshkol Tower - University of Haifa
Website:http://megillot.haifa.ac.il/images/3.pdf

The International Society for Deutero-Canonical Literature and the University of Haifa, Faculty of Humanities, are happy to announce the 2014 annual conference:
"Emotions in Prayer during the Second Temple Period"


LECTURES & EXHIBITIONS: On Masada

Conference Date: Wednesday 12th February
Location: Jewish Museum, 129-131 Albert Street, London NW1

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Masada excavations Guy Stiebel of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and currently the archaeologist in charge of Masada, has agreed to give a lecture Past, Present and Future - The Excavations at Masada, between 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday 12th February in the Jewish Museum, 129-131 Albert Street, London NW1. The lecture will take into account excavations undertaken at Masada during the past 25 years and is being partially sponsored by the British Friends of Hebrew University.

Also marking 'Masada at 50' - The Observer will be holding a Masada Exhibit which will run from Tuesday 21 January to Friday 21 February in the foyer of its HQ at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU. The exhibition concentrates on the Observer's role in championing the excavations and includes testimonies and memorabilia from some of the volunteers. Access is free, 10am to 6pm each day, 7 days a week.

Qumran e la regione del Mar Morto

Conference Date: 19 FEBBRAIO 2014
Location: Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano
Language: Italian
Website:http://www.teologialugano.ch/avvisi/terra-sancta-2014-pieghevole.pdf


The History of the Caves of Qumran

Conference Date: 20-21 FEBRUARY 2014
Location: Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano
Language: English
Website:http://www.teologialugano.ch/avvisi/terra-sancta-2014-programma.pdf


April



Philo's Readers: Affinities, Reception, Transmission and Influence

Conference Date: March 30- April 1
Location:Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center at Yale University
For more information please click here

Conference will center around the Jewish philosophical exegete, Philo. A member of the Jewish elite in early Roman Alexandria, Philo explored the meaning of Torah by uniting Second Temple interpretations and traditions with a Greek philosophical orientation. Philo's interpretations, interpretive strategies, and philosophical explanations provide us with a glimpse into ancient Judaism, particularly the world of Alexandria in the first century CE. This conference will situate Philo in his geographical, philosophical, and ideological context, looking for affinities and precursors in other ancient texts. But Philo does not just offer a glimpse into the past. He also provided a framework and a collection of hermeneutical tools that would prove invaluable to future readers. This conference will thus examine Philo's reception and influence, particularly among Jewish and Christian readers.

Material Philology and the Dead Sea Scrolls:
New Approaches for New Text Editions

Conference Date: April 3-5, 2014
Location: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
For more information click here


The Prophetic Voice at Qumran and Contemporary Communities

Conference Date: April 11-12, 2014

The Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake City has been chosen to host a major exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls entitled, "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times,"November 22, 2013 -April 27, 2014.

In connection with the conclusion of the exhibit, the museum is hosting an academic conference, "The Prophetic Voice at Qumran and Contemporary Communities."

The conference is co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Center and the Evans Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University , Provo , Utah . We plan to publish the conference proceedings.

For more information, email Dana M. Pike (please put DSS Conference in the subject line)




Sixth Graduate Symposium

Conference Date: April 11-13, 2014
Institution: EABS
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Website: http://www.eabs.net/site/sixth-graduate-symposium-april-11-13-2014-in-thessaloniki-greece/


May


LOOKING FOR WOMEN AT QUMRAN

Conference Date: WEDNESDAY 7th MAY 2014
ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

DR ESTHER G CHAZON (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
LOOKING FOR WOMEN AT QUMRAN

6.30 pm at King's College, K2.31, Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Building, London WC2R 2LS
(Organised jointly with King's College, London)

Megillot - Dead Sea Scrolls Conference

Conference Date: May 15, 2014
Location: Haifa University
Website: http://megillot.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/news/66-2014-megillot-conference


Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar

Conference Date: May 20-23
Location: Montreal
Website: http://www.enochseminar.org/drupal/montreal%202014---overview


Research Group Conference- Contextualizing the Cult of the Southern Levant

Conference Date: May 19 - May 21 ,2014
Location: The Israel Science Foundation - Jerusalem
Website:

Hope and Politics in Early Christianity

Conference Date:May 20-21 2014
Location: Ben gurion University of the Negev
Website: http://in.bgu.ac.il/Pages/events/bockmuehl.aspx

Wisdom in the Thanksgiving Psalms (Hodayot) from the Dead Sea Scrolls
Prof. Eileen Schuller of McMaster University

Conference Date: Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Location: Stephen Happel Room, Caldwell Hall, Washington DC
Institution: The Catholic University of America's annual Roland E. Murphy Memorial Lecture



"Money and Cult" The Role of the Temple in the Ancient Economy

Conference Date: 23 - 25 May 2014
Institution: The Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Website: http://hekhal.wordpress.com/



Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity 23rd

Conference Date: 24th May 2014
Location: St Mary's University - London
Website: http://www.smuc.ac.uk/social-scientific-biblical-studies-centre/conference.htm



The Pentateuch within Biblical Literature: Formation and Interaction

Conference Date: May 25 - May 29 ,2014
Location: The Israel Science Foundation - Jerusalem
Website: http://www.as.huji.ac.il/pentateuch/


Books of Threats and Threatening Books:Perceptions of Threat in Late Antique Book Culture

Conference Date: May 26-27, 2014
Location: Mt. Scopus Campus, Rabin Building, Room 2001
Website: http://www.csc.org.il/download/files/Invitation.Books%20of%20Threats_1.pdf TOP


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