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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.


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November 2015

2015 SBL Annual Meeting

Conference Date: November 21-24, 2015
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

October 2015

International Colloquium
"Le texte du Levitique / The Text of Leviticus"

Conference Date: October 8-9, 2015
Location: The Institut Dominique Barhelemy of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

"olam ha-zeh v'olam ha-ba: This world and the world to come in Jewish Belief and Practice"

Conference Date: October 25-26, 2015
Location: Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska
E-mail Submission:

Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew

Conference Date: 29 October - 1 November, 2015
Location: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Akademie Colloquium: Making Sense of Religious Texts: Patterns of Agency, Synergy and Identity (Conference)

Conference Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015 until Thursday 29 October 2015
Location: The Trippenhuis, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Amsterdam.

Past 2015

July 2015

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A fresh approach to ancient texts
by Dr. Esther Chazon

Conference Date: Thursday, 14 Av / 30 July 2015; 2:00 PM
Location: The National Library of Israel

2015 SBL International Meeting

Conference Date: July 20-24, 2015
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 2015

Early Islam: The Sectarian Milieu of Late Antiquity? Fourth Nangeroni Meeting (2015 Milan)

Conference Date: June 15–19, 2015
Location: Milan, Italy

"Wilderness": a symposium of Biblical scholars from the Universities of Manchester Sheffield and Lausanne University of Lausanne

Conference Date: June 10, 11
Location: Bâtiment Anthropole, Room 5029

A Conference on Hebrew Bible - Prophetic Literature

Conference Date: June 9, 10, 11
Location: Bar-Ilan University
Panels will be in English on June 9-10 and in Hebrew on June 11. Panels on Jeremiah will take place June 10 in the morning and on attitudes to prophecy among medieval Jewish writers on June 10 in the afternoon.

Early Jewish Writings in Context: Gendered Perspectives

Conference Date: June 5th - 7th, 2015
Location: Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Muenster

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.

Crime and Punishment in Antiquity

Conference Date: 17-19 June 2015
Location: Wroclaw, Poland

Workshop: Quo Vadis Biblical Archaeology?

Conference Date: Wednesday 17th - Friday 19th of June 2015
Location: Jerusalem
Website: The 50th anniversary of the German-Israeli diplomatic relations in 2015 provides an unique opportunity to reflect the German and German-Israeli Biblical Archaeology in Israel. Where are we coming from? Where are we now? And where are we heading?

The German Protestant Institute of Archaeology and the Hebrew University are hosting an interdisciplinary German-Israeli conference dedicated to graduate students working on various subjects in several disciplines that are connected to Ancient Near East – including Ancient History, Archaeology, Prehistory, Anthropology, Theology (Old and New Testament Studies), Jewish, Islamic or general religious studies and Social Science.

The conference will be held in the Old City of Jerusalem in the middle-age refectory adjacent to Church of the Redeemer and will last for three days. The official language will be English.

This workshop is free of charge, but we kindly request your registration in advance.

The workshop is a "Preconference" to the international conference "Ancient Cultures in the Lands of the Bible" (Archaeology 2015).


Voice to Voice Pours Forth Speech: The Poetics of the Angelic Liturgy in the Dead Sea Scrolls (in Hebrew)

Conference Date: May 20, 2015, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: The Department of Hebrew Language, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Humanities Building, Rm.2601
For the Hebrew invitation: please click here

The Department of Hebrew Language, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Invites you to its Annual Departmental Seminar
Dr. Noam Mizrahi, University of Tel-Aviv, will speak on the topic.

Annual workshop for the study of the DSS

Conference Date: May 21, 2015
Location: The Haifa center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Port campus, Haifa
Workshop's program (Hebrew):

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

Power, Authority, and Canon

Conference Date: 6 May 2015
Location: New College, University of Edinburgh

February 2015

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

Conference Date: Friday, February 8, 2015
Location:Los Angeles
For more


Annual Tyrwhitt Lecture
"The Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls"

BY: Prof. Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen)
Conference Date: March 4, 2015
Location: University of Cambridge
The lecture will take place at 2.30pm in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
The lecture is open to all


The prize will be announced: March 9, 2015
Location: The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem
More Info:

Deichmann Annual Lecture Series
"1 Enoch and early Christian Theology"

BY: Professor Loren Stuckenbruck
Conference Date: 24-25 March, 2015
Location: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Israel
For the invitation: please click here

Ethiopic Manuscripts and the Preservation of Ancient Jewish Material

BY: Prof. Loren Stuckenbruk and Ted Erho(Ludwig)
Conference Date: Thursday, March 26th 2015
Location: University of Haifa, Education Building, Room 677

The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah

Conference Date: 27-28 March 2015
Location: Rome
Conference Held at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome) Co-Sponsored by Georgetown University (Washington, DC)


Sharing and Hiding Religious Knowledge. Strategies of Acculturation and Cultural Resistance in Early Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions

Conference Date: 22-24 April 2015
Location: Department of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins - Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen
Website: TOP

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