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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: or fax +972-2-588-3584.


February 2015 | May | June

February 2015

13th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies University of California

Conference Date: Friday, February 8, 2015
Location:Los Angeles
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May 2015

The Fourth Annual Conference of The Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East
"The Crazy Genius of Herod the Great"

Conference Date: 29-31 May 2015
Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

June 2015

International Conference on Archaeology 2015

Conference Date: June 2015
Location: Jerusalem

Eighth Enoch Seminar: Apocalypticism and Mysticism

Conference Date: 21 to 26 June, 2015
Location: Italy (near Milan)

The Eighth Enoch Seminar will convene at the Villa Cagnola in Gazzada, Italy (near Milan), from 21 to 26 June, 2015. The meeting is organised by Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley, USA), Lorenzo DiTommaso (Montreal, Canada), and Elliot Wolfson (Santa Barbara, USA), under the guidance of the Founding Director of the Enoch Seminar Gabriele Boccaccini (Michigan, USA).

The Seminar topic is apocalypticism and mysticism, their natures and relationship, in Judaism and Christianity from the Second Temple period through the late antique and early mediaeval centuries. The aim is to discuss the main issues in light of new evidence, methodologies, and approaches, oriented by a desire to advance the discussion along a broad front. While we do not expect to address every issue or answer every question, we do anticipate that the published results of our Seminar will stand as a foundational study for future research. Additional information will be posted on the Enoch Seminar and 4 Enoch websites over the course of the year.

As participation is by invitation only, we invite all interested specialists to contact the Seminar secretary, Jason Zurawski as soon as possible, at the latest by 1 December 2014. Those interested in presenting a short paper should include a proposal containing a paper title and brief abstract. Plenary and short papers circulate in advance and are not read in the sessions, which are devoted primarily to discussion.

Old 2014

October 2014

Rethinking the Boundaries of Sapiential Traditions in Ancient Judaism - Metz (France)

Conference Date: October 21-23, 2014
Location: Metz(France)

Textual Trails: Transmissions of Oral and Written Texts

Conference Date: 30 October - 1 November 2014
Location: Helsinki
For more informations: The Program

November 2014

ASOR 2014 (San Diego)

Conference Date:19-22 Nov. 2014
Location: San Diego


Conference Date: November 22-25, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA

'Greek Philosophy and the Wisdom of the East: Perception and Reality' of Melammu Symposia 8

Conference Date: 11-15 November 2014
Location: University of Kiel

January 2014


Conference Date: January 7th-10th, 2014
Location: Universite de Lausanne

IWC Archaeology Group at Tel Aviv University Spring
2014 Semester

Conference Date:January- June 2014
Location: The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University


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

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"


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

The History of the Caves of Qumran

Conference Date: 20-21 FEBRUARY 2014
Location: Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano
Language: English


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



Conference Date: WEDNESDAY 7th MAY 2014
Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

DR ESTHER G CHAZON (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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

Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar

Conference Date: May 20-23
Location: Montreal

Research Group Conference- Contextualizing the Cult of the Southern Levant

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

Hope and Politics in Early Christianity

Conference Date:May 20-21 2014
Location: Ben gurion University of the Negev

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

Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity 23rd

Conference Date: 24th May 2014
Location: St Mary's University - London

The Pentateuch within Biblical Literature: Formation and Interaction

Conference Date: May 25 - May 29 ,2014
Location: The Israel Science Foundation - Jerusalem

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


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


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)


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



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


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


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


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


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


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?


Monday, June 2, 2014

Morning Lectures: Ptolemaic Period Texts, Language and Script



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


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


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


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


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


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


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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



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


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


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

Offspring of Byzantium series

Conference Date: weekly, June-July
Location: Berlin

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

Conference Date: 20-22 June 2014
Location: King's College London

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


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

Conference Date:July 30 - August 1, 2014
Location:Leuven - BELGIUM
Website: TOP

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