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CONFERENCES LECTURES AND EXHIBITS


In addition to Current Orion Center programs, 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.


Past 2013




December 2013




Enoch Conference

Conference Date: December 17-19, 2013
Location: Berlin - Topoi Haus Dahlem
Website: http://aorlov.livejournal.com/150479.html#



Qumran Institute Symposium: Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World

Conference Date: 8-11 December 2013
Location: University of Groningen
Website: http://www.rug.nl/ggw/news/events/2013/qumran-institute-symposium
Registration: http://www.rug.nl/research/centre-for-religious-studies/qumran-institute/registration-conference-2013




2013-2014 ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Reg. Charity 220367
LECTURE PROGRAMME
Autumn 2013

MONDAY 9th DECEMBER 2013
PROF. WILLIAM HORBURY (University of Cambridge)
ARCHAEOLOGY AND BAR KOKHBA SINCE 1870: A NON-ARCHAEOLOGIST'S IMPRESSION
(Organised jointly by the AIAS and the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)
6.00 p.m. Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY.

ADMISSION FREE WITHOUT TICKET
www.aias.org.uk

October




2013-2014 ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Reg. Charity 220367
LECTURE PROGRAMME
Autumn 2013

MONDAY 14th OCTOBER 2013
PROF. HUGH WILLIAMSON (University of Oxford)
THE SAMARITAN TEMPLE AND THE SONS OF JOSEPH
(Organised jointly by the AIAS and the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)
6.00 p.m. Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY.

MONDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2013
DR KAY PRAG (Manchester Museum)
DAVID TO NEHEMIAH: NEW FRAGMENTS FROM KENYON'S JERUSALEM
(Organised jointly by the AIAS and the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College, London)
6.00 p.m. Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY.




The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times Graduate Symposium

Conference Date:October 6, 2013.
Location: Brandeis University
Website:http://go.brandeis.edu/dss-symposium


Antiquities Under Attack: Cultural Heritage in Times of War Conference

Conference Date: October 23-26, 2013
Institution: Lebanese American University
Location: Byblos, Lebanon
Website: http://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/conferences/antiquities/

This is a multidisciplinary, international conference on the protection of cultural heritage under threat of warfare to be held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut/Byblos from October 23rdto 26th 2013.


The Twenty-Sixth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium
"Wealth and Poverty in Jewish Tradition"

Conference Date: October 27-28, 2013
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Website: http://www.creighton.edu/ccas/klutznick/



International Conference at the University of Copenhagen
"Changing Perspectives in Old Testament Studies: Past, Present, and Future"

Conference Date: October 9-12, 2013
Location: University of Copenhagen
Website: http://www.teol.ku.dk
Program: http://www.teol.ku.dk/english/dept/abe/calendar/changing-perspectives-in-old-testament-studies./ProgramFinal.pdf/
List of abstract: http://www.teol.ku.dk/english/dept/abe/calendar/changing-perspectives-in-old-testament-studies./AbstractsFinal.pdf/

Mail contact: hj@teol.ku.dk

The conference focuses on the major changes within the field of Old Testament Studies during the past 50 years. It is the aim of the conference to investigate those changing perspectives within a broader context of Hellenistic studies, theories of composition, theories of history, anthropology, archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern religion and comparative literature, Dead Sea texts and cultural memory studies, and to suggest future prospects for the discipline.

If you wish to attend the conference, please send a registration form to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hjelm (hj@teol.ku.dk) no later than October 1, 2013.


November


The 11th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (11. MICAH)

Conference Date: from Friday, 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2013
Location: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Website: http://www.micah.hebraistik.uni-mainz.de/204.php
Program: http://www.micah.hebraistik.uni-mainz.de/115.php
E-mail Submission: MICAH@uni-mainz.de


Everyday Writing in the Medieval Near East: Documentary History and the Cairo Geniza

Conference Date:November 3-5, 2013
Location: Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut
Website: http://www.everydaywritingyale.com/


ASOR's 2013 Annual Meeting

Conference Date:November 20-23.
Location:Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland
Website: Website Link


The 11th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (11. MICAH)

Call for Papers Deadline: the call will be closed when the optimal number of proposed papers for each are accepted
Conference Date: from Friday, 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2013
Location: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Website: http://www.micah.hebraistik.uni-mainz.de/204.php
E-mail Submission: lehmann@uni-mainz.de

Topics of the meeting cover grammar and linguistics of Ancient and Classical Hebrew (Epigraphic and Biblical Hebrew, Qumran and related Hebrew, and Ben Sira), as well as studies of adjacent Semitic languages and epigraphy, as for instance Ugaritic, Phoenician-Punic, Old and Imperial Aramaic, Syriac, Moabite and Edomite. Topics on general epigraphy, paleography, adjacent non-Semitic (e.g. Philistine), and general linguistics in connection with these languages are also welcome.

We encourage scholars in the field to give lectures of preferably 20-30 minutes on a topic of their choice.

Depending on papers submitted, topics will be arranged into special sessions within the following areas:

Biblical Hebrew
Postbiblical Hebrew
Ugaritic
Canaanite
Phoenician-Punic
Aramaic
Transjordan
Lexicography & Semantics
Epigraphy & Palaeography
General topics of Northwest Semitic paleography, and other.

Conference languages are German, English, and French. As we wish to avoid parallel sessions, the call will be deemed closed when the optimal number of proposed papers for each are accepted. For this reason, if you are considering participation, the earlier you send your proposal the better.

Postgraduates, or PhD. doctorate students are explicitly invited to present their projects where they might benefit from collegial discussions and a friendly, non-conceited atmosphere. Any one applying in this category, please indicate your institution and supervisor.

For participation, we request a fee of 40 Euro, which is due on site. For those who present a paper, participation is free. Active students may request the suspension of fees, which might be granted depending on the availability of funds.

Please send paper proposals to the undersigned ( lehmann@uni-mainz.de ) or to MICAH@uni-mainz.de and indicate the topic (preliminary or working title) and the estimated length of presentation.
While no formal pre-registration form is needed, for planning purposes, it is nevertheless important that we receive soon an email declaration of intent, at the above address.
We are not organizing travel or housing arrangements, but will gladly inform you on available lodging near the University.

For all questions and concern please contact the undersigned:
Dr. Reinhard G. Lehmann
Academic Director / Ancient Hebrew and NWS Languages
Research Unit on Ancient Hebrew and Epigraphy
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Tel. +49-6131-39-23284 (office)
Phone and fax +49-6132-799873
Email: lehmann@uni-mainz.de
Further information will be soon available at: http://www.micah.hebraistik.uni-mainz.de/204.php

YU Dead Sea Scrolls Seminars - Fall 2013

Conference Date: November 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Location: Wilf (uptown) campus of Yeshiva University

The speaker will be Dr. Michael Segal, Senior Lecturer in Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Editor of the Hebrew University Bible Project. His topic will be "Who is the 'Son of God' in 4Q246? An Overlooked Case of Early Biblical Interpretation".


July




ISDCL-International-Conference 2013
The Metaphorical Use of Language in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature

Conference Date: 01-05/07/2013
Institution: International Society for the Study of Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (ICDCL 2013)
Location: Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Haus, Ziegelstr. 30,10117 Berlin , Germany
Website: http://zope.theologie.hu-berlin.de/
Programm ISDCL 2013 in Berlin
Registration Form ISDCL 2013 Berlin


SBL 2013 International Meeting - St. Andrews
Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies

Conference Date: 7-11 July 2013
Location: St-Andrews - Scotland (UK),
Website: http://www.sbl-site.org
Description: This section is dedicated to the study of all aspects of Judaism related to Hellenistic times. The Hellenistic period includes its chronological, cultural, and linguistic dimensions.


Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies, Early Jewish and Christian Studies

Conference Date:30 July- 2 August 2013
Location: EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies) meeting, Leipzig
Website: http://www.sbl-site.org



August


XXI Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)

Conference Date:from 4th to 9th of August, 2013
Location:Munich , Germany
Website: http://www.en.iosot2013.evtheol.uni-muenchen.de/index.html

The 21st Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) will take place at the University of Munich, Germany. As usual it will be joint with the Congresses of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS, 1.-3. of August), of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS), the International Organziation for Masoretic Studies (IOMS), the International Organization for Targum Studies (IOTS) and the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP).


8th meeting of the IOSOT (2013)

Institution: University of Munich
Conference Date: Aug 2013
Where: Munich
Website: For more info please click here



January 2013


LECTURES & WORKSHOPS: At the Oriental Institute (Chicago)

Conference Date: January 7-18, 2013
Conference Location: Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago


Matthew NEUJAHR (Marquette University), Lecture Mon. Jan. 7 3:30 PM Breasted Hall
"Recontextualizing Qumran Commentaries: the Pesharim as Data in the History of Hellenistic/Roman Mantic Practices"
A great deal of scholarly effort has been expended on attempts to reconstruct the history of the Qumran sectarians based on clues in the pesharim; as works that comment on biblical texts, the pesharim have likewise loomed large in studies of ancient Jewish interpretive traditions. Considerably less attention has been paid to the fact that the pesharim are themselves artifacts of mantic practice. This paper situates several of the pesharim within their larger West Asian / Mediterranean milieu as evidence of literary mantic practices in the Hellenistic-Roman world. In particular, drawing on comparative materials from other Near Eastern cultures, the paper argues that these Dead Sea Scrolls contribute significantly to our knowledge of the practice of bibliomancy in the ancient world


2013 AIA Annual Meeting

Conference Date: January 6-9, 2013
Conference Location: Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Website Program: www.archaeological.org/annualmeeting





February


Halle-Tel Aviv Research Seminar in Ancient Hebrew Language and Literature
Early Samaritan, Jewish, and Christian Liturgical Texts

Conference Date: 3-7 February 2013
Location: Halle (Saale)
Website:http://schorch.at/html/seminar_english.html
Primary Language: Hebrew



March


Forging Linguistic Identities

Conference Date: March 14-16, 2013
Location: Department of Foreign Languages, Towson University, Towson, Maryland 21252
For more information: gmccool@towson.edu
For more information: gmccool@towson.edu



EABS Graduate Symposium

Conference Date: March 22-24, 2013
Location: Whirlow Grange, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.eabs.net/site/student-zone/



TWELFTH ANNUAL SEAN W. DEVER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2013

Conference Date: March 9, 2013
Location: Albright Institute of Archaeological Research



April


Deichmann annual lecture series
The Parting of the Ways According to Second Century Christian Writings

Conference Date: April 9-10, 2013
Location: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
For the program schedule: http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/events/deichmann_2013.aspx.



The Annual Haifa Workshop on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conference Date: April 25, 2013
Location:University of Haifa , Eshkol Tower
For the program schedule: please press here.

All lectures will be held in Hebrew. A minibus will leave from Jerusalem to Haifa at 7:30 AM. To reserve a place, please contact jonbendov@gmail.com.

Demons and Evil Angels in Early Judaism

Conference Date: Monday, April 22, 2013 5:00 PM
Location: AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.402) 24th and Speedway, UT Campus

A lecture by Carol A. Newsom, Emory University

Although classical Israelite religion has very little to say about demons and other evil forces, but popular religion took it for granted that evil demons existed, haunting desert ruins and sometimes preying on people. In the late Persian and Hellenistic periods (4th-2nd centuries BCE) speculation about these types of figures proliferates. Incantations against demons, protective amulets, and practices of exorcism are all attested. Mythic accounts of the origin of evil spirits are developed, and the names and occasionally even the appearance of the demons are described.

This talk will examine the origins and functions of speculation on demonic forces in early Judaism, a worldview with profound and lasting cultural effects. Although rabbinic Judaism largely rejected it, this worldview strongly shaped Christian religious beliefs. And while modernist Christians do not take the mythology of evil spirits literally, variations on these beliefs remain common among conservative evangelical and Pentecostal Christians throughout the world.

Carol A. Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. She has written seven books and scores of articles, book chapters, translations, encyclopedia articles, and reviews. She has received several prestigious research fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Henry Luce Foundation, and has won several awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring. She recently served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies.


Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Seminars

Conference Date: 5:45 PM on Tuesday April 23, 2013
Institution: Yeshiva University - Wilf campus
Location: New York City
Website: Mail:rotheims@yu.edu
The date for the end-of-year conference has not been finalized, but it will most likely take place in May 2013.


May




Study Day "Josephus and the Judaean War"

Conference Date: May 2nd from 10.30- 4.30 pm
Location: London - King's Building, Strand, Room K2.40
Website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/trs/eventrecords/2013/studydayjosephusjudaeanwar.aspx

The Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London, is pleased to announce a Study Day on Josephus and the Judaean War, with Prof. Steve Mason (Aberdeen University)


Workshop: "The Mystery of Existence: The Development of Authority in 4QInstruction"

Workshop Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.
Institution: W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
Location: Benjamin Wold - National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, AIAR
Further Details: albrightprogramcoordinator@gmail.com




International Conference on
CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE IN PENTATEUCHAL THEORY: BRIDGING THE ACADEMIC CULTURES OF ISRAEL, NORTH AMERICA, AND EUROPE

Conference Date: May 12-13, 2013/ 3-4 Sivan 5773
Istitution: THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM - THE ISRAEL INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Location: Feldman Building, Room 115 The Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem
Website: www.as.huji.ac.il/convergence




Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar "mini-conference"

Conference Date:Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 1:30-4:30 PM
Where:Wilf (uptown) Campus of Yeshiva University New York
For the program please click here





Jewish Religion in Light of New Inscriptions and Papyri

Conference Date: May 19th 2013
Location: Beck Auditorium, The Rappaport Faculty of Jewish Studies (building 410); Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Further Details:eshelesti10@gmail.com The Jeselsohn Epigraphic Center for Jewish History at Bar Ilan University together with Vienna University’s Institute of Jewish Studies will conduct an international conference on " Jewish Religion in Light of New Inscriptions and Papyri"

The Conference is cosponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Tel Aviv.

Program
9:00-9:20 Opening greetings
Prof. Haim Taitelbaum, Rector, Bar Ilan University
H.E. Mr. Franz Josef Kuglitsch, Austrian Ambassador
Dr. David Jeselsohn, Founder of the Jeselsohn Center
Sites and Texts from before the Babylonian Exile
Chair: Esther Eshel
9:20-9:50 Shmuel Ahituv: Kuntillet 'Ajrud: A Summary and Conclusions
9:50-10:20 Michael Langlois: Jewish Religion in Light of Unpublished Inscriptions from the Jeselsohn Collection Sites and Texts from the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods
10:20-11:00 Kathleen Abraham: The Judean Marriage Contract from Al-Yah?du: A New Look at its Cultural Background
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Chair: Elie Assis
11:30-12:00 Esther Eshel: New Divination Ostraca from Maresha
12:00-12:30 Yigal Levin: The Development of Religious Identity in Idumaea
12:30-13:00 Nili Samet: Qohelet and the Ancient Near Eastern
"Literature of Vanity": A Reassessment
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
Sites and Texts from Hellenistic Times
Chair: Amos Kloner
14:00-14:30 Avner Ecker: The Greek Ostraca from Maresha and the Impact of Seleucid Rule
14:30-15:00 Dov Gera: The Olympiodoros Stele from Maresha and Hellenization in the Jerusalem Temple
15:00-15:30 Bernhard Palme: The Heracleopolis Archive
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
Sites and Texts from Roman Times
Chair: Eyal Regev
16:15-16:45 Ranon Katzoff: Sabbath Observance in Judaean Desert Documents, Once Again
16:45-17:15 Armin Lange: Jewish Religion in the Danubian Diaspora: The Inscriptions from Carnuntum
Responses and Concluding Discussion
Chair: Armin Lange
17:15-18:00 Konrad Schmid: Jewish Religion in Light of New Texts from Pre-Exilic and Persian Times
Daniel R. Schwartz: Jewish Religion in Light of New Texts from Hellenistic and Roman Times
Conference Committee:
Prof. Esther Eshel, Prof. Armin Lange, Dr. Yigal Levin





Hekhal: the Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East

Conference Subject:"Pilgrimage, Travel, and Cult"
Conference Date: 24 - 26 May 2013
Where:Dublin, Ireland
Website: For more info please click here



June


ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
"THE UTOPIAN TEMPLE PLAN OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS"

Conference Date: MONDAY 3rd JUNE 2013 (AGM Lecture) 6.00 pm
Location: Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY
Website: www.aias.org.uk

PROFESSOR LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN (VICE PROVOST FOR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, USA)
(AGM commences at 5.15 pm)
Organised jointly with the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London
ADMISSION FREE WITHOUT TICKET




"I Am Gabriel" A Scroll in Stone from the time of Herod

Conference Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Location: The Israel Museum Jerusalem



October 2012

UBC Graduate Conference Call for Papers: "2012: THE END OF THE WORLD"

Conference Date: October 20, 2012
Location: Vancouver
Website:CNERS website: http://www.cnrs.ubc.ca/

The Mayan Long Count calendar ends in the year 2012 of the common era, and this fact has captured the modern imagination. The idea of the End of Days or a natural cataclysmic event has been a major facet of many religious and historical documents in many cultures and traditions. From the Great Flood of Noah or Gilgamesh to modern fears about nuclear war or the zombie apocalypse to current concerns about the computer Singularity or catastrophic global climate change, the end of the world as a concept has been both a constant throughout history and a worldwide phenomenon that has transcended temporal and cultural boundaries.

A quarter century of Jewish Studies at its best:
The Twenty-Fifth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium
"Who Is A Jew?: Reflections on History, Religion, and Culture"

Conference Date: October 28-29, 2012
Website:http://www.creighton.edu/ccas/klutznick/


The Creighton University Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Harris Center for Judaic Studies announce the Twenty-Fifth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium, to take place in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday, October 28, and Monday, October 29, 2012. The theme of this year¹s Symposium is ³Who Is A Jew?²




Biblical Reception 1 (2012)

First volume of a new journal, Biblical Reception(BibRec), to be published in October 2012.
For more info please click here


November 2012


"THE HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY,"
at the annual meeting of ASOR

Conference Date: November 14-17, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL
WebSite: http://www.asor.org/am/2012/2012-call-8.html E-mail Submission: rachel.hallote@purchase.edu



EXPLORING, TRAINING, CONSERVING: THE ROLE OF THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY IN JERUSALEM IN MANDATE PALESTINE

Conference Date: WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2012
Where:University College London
Website:www.aias.org.uk

DR AMARA THORNTON (Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)
(Organised jointly by the AIAS and the Institute of Jewish Studies,University College, London)

6.00 p.m. reception in the Chadwick meeting room followed by the lecture at 6.45 p.m in the Chadwick Lecture Theatre, Chadwick Building (to the right of the main gate), University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


The concurrent annual meetings of SBL and AAR

Conference Date: November 17-20.
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Website: http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx




October - December 2012

December 2012


Histories of the End

Conference Date: The issue will appear in December 2012
Location: Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception
Website: http://relegere.org

In 2012, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception will publish a special issue dedicated to reception histories of the end times, however they might be imagined, in religious contexts. We welcome reception histories not only of Christian imaginaries of the book of Revelation, but also of the end of days in other traditions and in more diffuse settings such as the Western esoteric and New Age milieus.


The Panoply of Judaisms in the 1st-3rd Centuries (Christians, Rabbis and Synagogues)

Conference Date: December 12-14, 2014
Conference Location: Institute of the Biblical Sciences ( University of Lausanne , CH)
Website Program information and inscription: http://www3.unil.ch/wpmu/judaismes2012/

This international meeting will happen at the Institute of the Biblical Sciences ( University of Lausanne , CH) and is co-organized by Claire Clivaz, Simon Mimouni and Bernard Pouderon.
Speakers will be: Marie-Fran?oise Baslez, Ra’anan Boustan, Bogdan Bucur, Claire Clivaz, Jos? Costa, J?rg Frey, Emmanuel Friedheim, David Hamidovic, Herv? Inglebert, Daniel Marguerat, Simon Mimouni, Ron Naiweld, Etienne Nodet, Bernard Pouderon, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Benjamin Bertho, Simon Butticaz, Charlotte Touati.
The profound change that research is currently undergoing demands a shift in thinking about all forms of Judaism, not just the rabbinic or Christian movements but also synagogue Judaism. For several centuries, both the Christians and the Rabbis ‘attempted’ to achieve a Utopian unity, as improbable as it is impossible, by defining their boundaries in terms of notions such as heresy and canon. In so doing, they each diminished the influence of synagogue Judaism and in places smoothed it over to the point of apparently effacing it forever. It is in the light of these changes in perspective that the organisers of this colloquium would like to reconsider all the forms of Judaism after 70CE , with the aim of taking stock of the increasingly numerous shifts occurring in this area of high-level research.

IN SEARCH OF (MOST) ANCIENT ISRAEL

Conference Date:MONDAY 10th DECEMBER 2012
Location:University College London
Website:www.aias.org.uk

PROF. GARY A. RENDSBURG (Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History) Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

(Organised jointly by the AIAS and the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)

6.00 p.m. Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY.

Biblical Lexicography - Hebrew and Greek
Strasbourg
9-12 September

All lovers of knowledge are cordially invited to an international conference held in Strasbourg, on 9-12 September 2012

BIBLICAL LEXICOGRAPHY : HEBREW AND GREEK
Semantics - exegesis - translation

The programme can be downloaded here

JESUS OF NAZARETH - An archaeological and religious journey through time
Chr. Gaestezentrum Wurttemberg (Schoenblick)
September 28-30

Windows on the Biblical Past
International Conference of Biblical Archaeology
at the Chr. Gaestezentrum Wurttemberg (Schoenblick)
near Stuttgart from September 28-30 (2012)

Speakers
Prof. Dr Chrys Caragounis (University of Lund)
Prof. Dr James H. Charlesworth (Princeton University)
Prof. Dr John Fischer (Rosh Yeshiva, Netzer David International)
Johannes Gerloff (Middle East correpsondent)
Dr Viktor Golinets (University of Basel)
Michael Hesemann (journalist and lecturer)
Rev Dr Hermann Mahnke (NT studies)
Alexander Schick (Qumran studies)
Prof. Dr Tom Tribelhorn (Judaic studies)
Dr Peter van der Veen (ABA and Mainz University)
Richard Wiskin (lecturer on biblical themes)

Topics:
Jesus and purification rites
Jesus and Qumran
Jesus and the Synagogue
Archaeological Discoveries from the Time of Jesus
Workshop on "Jesus the Messiah"

For registrations and prices please contact Peter van der Veen for a digital version of the invitation flyer.

Stockholm 2012: "Ends and Beginnings."
August 23-26, 2012

The 11th European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR ) Annual Conference, S?dert?rn University , Stockholm with a Special Panel Session: Pentateuchal Mysticism? Ancient Israelite Priestly Initiation

More information

Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future
Yad Ben-Zvi
Monday–Thursday, 2-5 July 2012

The Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Academic Conference on Jerusalem Inaugurating the Chaim Kubersky School for Jerusalem Studies
For the program please click here

SBL International Meeting (ISBL)
July 22-26, 2012

The Universiteit van Amsterdam will host the 2012 SBL International Meeting. SBL will organize this meeting in conjunction with the 2012 annual conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the triennial joint meeting of the Oudtestamentish Werkgezelschap in Nederland en Belgi? (OTW) and the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS).

For more information

European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
July 22-26, 2012

EABS meeting will be in conjunction with the International SBL meeting (ISBL). Registration and accommodation, as well as proposal for lectures, will all be done through the SBL site.

For more information

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
July 22-26, 2012

For Conference Program and Call for Papers information, please click here.

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXI International Biblical Conference
July 26-28, 2012

It is now possible to register, and to propose papers, for the 2012
Topic: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
Venue: KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology
For a prospectus on the topic of the Colloquium, the program, and registration, see http://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/centres/centr_collbibl/.


SEMINAIRE QUMRAN DE PARIS
QUESTIONS ACTUELLES SUR LES MANUSCRITS DE LA MER MORTE
Programme 2011-2012(December 2011 - June2012)

The Séminaire Qumrâ n de Paris, founded in 2004 by Francis Schmidt, is currently directed by Christophe Batsch. It is sponsored by the Ecole Pratique des Hautres Etudes ( La Sorbonne , Paris) and the Laboratoire d'anthropologie et d'histoire des mondes antiques (ANHIMA, UMR 821, CNRS, the French national research fund and organization). Seminars are held in Pierre-Jean Mariette Hall, 2 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris. For the list of presenters and topics, please click the link below.

2012 Haifa Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls
April 30-May 1, 2012

Address: Senate Hall, Eshkol Tower, Floor 29
For the program in Hebrew and in English please click here

13th Israeli Conference on Biblical Hebrew Philology
in Memory of Prof. Moshe Held
Biblical Philology in Light of Ancient Semitic Languages
Ben-Gurion University
24 May, 2012

Address: Ben-Gurion University, Marcus Family Campus, Kreitman Building, Oren Conference Hall (A)br> For further information contact Chaim Cohen chcohen10@hotmail.com

The Other Temples
First Annual Conference of Hekhal: The Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East
25-27 May

Hekhal is an academic association established by four graduates and postgraduates of Trinity College Dublin. The society’s primary aim is to facilitate rigorous research in Ireland in the fields of Biblical Studies, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology and Historiography, towards a more comprehensive understanding of the Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern worlds and their texts.

The role of the temple cult is extremely important for Judaism despite Deuteronomic centralisation never being fully realised. As such, other Jewish temples may offer a fruitful area for discussing the development of Judaism in the Ancient Near East. We are therefore calling for papers dealing with temple ideology and its material culture in the context of temples other than the one in Jerusalem , whether those be real ones such as Elephantine , Leontopolis or Gerizim, or conceptual ones like the Qumran Yahad or the new Jerusalem in Revelation. The committee would hope to receive submissions on topics as diverse as diaspora Judaism, early Christianity, Qumran , early Samaritan studies, and any other historiographic and/or archaeological fields of research referencing these paradigms.

Please click here for more information on the society and the conference

Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Israel and in Ancient Cultures
2012 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA,
28–30 May, 2012

The Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa is holding an international conference to examine the biblical prophets and prophecy in ancient cultures in general—within the geographical compass of Mesopotamia , Egypt and the Levant —from the beginnings of writing until the first century CE. The focus will be on the attitudes of ancient writers and readers to political-historical events. A one day excursion is planned: In the footsteps of Elijah, Elisha and the necromancer of En-Dor.

For the program in English please click here


Past 2011 - 2012




January


The Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
3-5 January, 2012

Is pleased to announce that on Tuesday-Thursday, 3-5 January, 2012 (8-10 Tevet 5772) We will host a three day conference honoring
Prof. Zipi Talshir on Her 65th Birthday
on the topic
Processes of Composition, Redaction and Transmission of the Hebrew Bible
Preliminary program (full program will be announced later)

Tuesday 3 January, 2012 - 17:30
Festive opening
Chair - Professor Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Opening lecture (in Hebrew) - Professor Alexander Rofé , The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Wednesday 4 January, 2012
Workshop in three sessions with lectures (in English) by:
Prof. Anneli Aejmelaeus, University of Helsinki
Prof. Ronald Hendel, University of California, Berkeley
Prof. Jan Joosten, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Prof. Olivier Munnich, Sorbonne, Paris
Prof. Julio Trebolle Barrera, University of Madrid
Dr. Noam Mizrahi, Georg-August UniversitSt, Gsoettingen
Dr. Ronnie Goldstein, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Dr. Dalia Amara, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

Thursday, 5 January, 2012 Lectures (in English)
Prof. Roland Deines, University of Nottingham
Prof. Cana Wermann, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Tour of Archaeological Sites in the Vicinity of Beer-Sheva
For the conference program please click here

Celebrating The Dead Sea Scrolls In English
January 23, 2012, Oxford

The 7th edition of Geza Vermes's Dead Sea Scrolls in English is to be published, marking the 50th anniversary of its original publication in 1962.
A celebration will be held on Jan 23, 2012, from 6 to 8 pm, at Wolfson College , Oxford .


February


The program for the 2012 (February) North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL) is now posted at
http://www.mandaic.org/nacal/nacal40sched.pdf




March


Internationale Conferentie Ancient Jewish Texts and the 'Literary'
Universiteit Antwerpen
14-15 March 2012

Universiteit Antwerpen - Hof van Liere (Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen)
Please click here for the PDF Program and Keynote Abstracts


April


The "Taboo and transgressions" conference
11-12 April 2012
College de France, Paris

For more information please click here:
En francais: http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/thomas-romer/audio_video.jsp
In English: http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/en-thomas-romer/audio_video.jsp

University of Minnesota to Host Symposium
Betrayal of the Humanities:
The University During the Third Reich
April 15

When: Sunday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Mondale Hall ( Law School ), 229 19th Avenue S , University of Minnesota west bank campus

One of the key issues that has emerged in the discipline is precisely the way that Second Temple Judaism is represented---or rather, badly distorted--in Nazi scholarship.
That has been a key focus in terms of the way the Judaism of the Galilee has been described in seminal works that remain key reference guides in the history of the scholarship.
This topic will be directly addressed by several speakers, and it is crucial to Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple research.

The symposium is being co-organized by Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and Bruno Chaouat, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

For more information please visit the Betrayal of the Humanities website or contact Laura Lechner, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at lech00045@umn.edu, 612-624-0256.

The Influence of the Decalogue:
Historical, Theological and Cultural Perspectives
Mon 16 to Tues 17 April 2012
Trinity College, Oxford

An International and Interdisciplinary Conference in Oxford
For more information and for the conference program please click here

PROFESSOR DANIEL K. FALK (UNIVERSITY OF OREGON)
MATERIAL ASPECTS OF PRAYER IN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Monday 23rd April 2012
King's College, London

6.00 p.m. at King's College, London, 2nd Floor, Strand Building, London WC2R 2LS

Lost Texts: A Graduate Student Conference
April 29th, 2012
New York, NY
The Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary

The Graduate School Student Organization at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC will be organizing and hosting a graduate student conference for this spring. Below is the call for papers. We encourage any interested graduate students to apply. For more information, questions, or concerns please email Maria Junttila Carson at macarson@jtsa.edu

Much of Jewish history can be viewed as a struggle between competing textual traditions, often motivated by the reintroduction and reappropriation of lost texts. The redacted texts of the biblical and rabbinic canons; the revelations of the Genizah and the Dead Sea Scrolls; the invention and revision of Jewish literary traditions by the scholars, writers, artists and thinkers of Jewish modernity - each of these discoveries of lost texts has served to complicate and expand the borders of Jewish life in the past and in the present.

We invite papers from graduate students that explore lost texts - broadly defined - as central objects of inquiry in Jewish studies as well as submissions that reflect on how Jewish Studies itself is a site where forgotten or marginalized traditions become present through the mediation of academic discourse. Papers from a wide variety of methodological approaches and time periods will be considered.

Suggested panel topics:
Biblical Canonization, Interpretation and Reinterpretation The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Diversity of Second Temple Judaism The Cairo Genizah and the Reevaluation of Medieval Jewish History From Out of the Margins: Feminist Hermeneutics and Feminist Texts Jewish Modernity: A Matrix of Lost Texts Contemporary Theological Responses to Rediscovered Traditions The Role of Visual Art and Visual Culture in Jewish Communal Practice and Creativity

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words and a current CV to macarson@jtsa.edu by October 31st. A travel grant will be awarded to the most outstanding abstract.


May


2012 Haifa Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls
April 30-May 1, 2012

Address: Senate Hall, Eshkol Tower, Floor 29
For the program in Hebrew and in English please click here

13th Israeli Conference on Biblical Hebrew Philology
in Memory of Prof. Moshe Held
Biblical Philology in Light of Ancient Semitic Languages
Ben-Gurion University
24 May, 2012

Address: Ben-Gurion University, Marcus Family Campus, Kreitman Building, Oren Conference Hall (A)br> For further information contact Chaim Cohen chcohen10@hotmail.com

The Other Temples
First Annual Conference of Hekhal: The Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East
25-27 May

Hekhal is an academic association established by four graduates and postgraduates of Trinity College Dublin. The society’s primary aim is to facilitate rigorous research in Ireland in the fields of Biblical Studies, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology and Historiography, towards a more comprehensive understanding of the Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern worlds and their texts.

The role of the temple cult is extremely important for Judaism despite Deuteronomic centralisation never being fully realised. As such, other Jewish temples may offer a fruitful area for discussing the development of Judaism in the Ancient Near East. We are therefore calling for papers dealing with temple ideology and its material culture in the context of temples other than the one in Jerusalem , whether those be real ones such as Elephantine , Leontopolis or Gerizim, or conceptual ones like the Qumran Yahad or the new Jerusalem in Revelation. The committee would hope to receive submissions on topics as diverse as diaspora Judaism, early Christianity, Qumran , early Samaritan studies, and any other historiographic and/or archaeological fields of research referencing these paradigms.

Please click here for more information on the society and the conference

Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Israel and in Ancient Cultures
2012 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA,
28–30 May, 2012

The Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa is holding an international conference to examine the biblical prophets and prophecy in ancient cultures in general—within the geographical compass of Mesopotamia , Egypt and the Levant —from the beginnings of writing until the first century CE. The focus will be on the attitudes of ancient writers and readers to political-historical events. A one day excursion is planned: In the footsteps of Elijah, Elisha and the necromancer of En-Dor.

For the program in English please click here


July



Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future
Yad Ben-Zvi
Monday–Thursday, 2-5 July 2012

The Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Academic Conference on Jerusalem Inaugurating the Chaim Kubersky School for Jerusalem Studies
For the program please click here

SBL International Meeting (ISBL)
July 22-26, 2012

The Universiteit van Amsterdam will host the 2012 SBL International Meeting. SBL will organize this meeting in conjunction with the 2012 annual conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the triennial joint meeting of the Oudtestamentish Werkgezelschap in Nederland en Belgi? (OTW) and the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS).

For more information

European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
July 22-26, 2012

EABS meeting will be in conjunction with the International SBL meeting (ISBL). Registration and accommodation, as well as proposal for lectures, will all be done through the SBL site.

For more information

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
July 22-26, 2012

For Conference Program and Call for Papers information, please click here.

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXI International Biblical Conference
July 26-28, 2012

It is now possible to register, and to propose papers, for the 2012
Topic: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
Venue: KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology
For a prospectus on the topic of the Colloquium, the program, and registration, see http://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/centres/centr_collbibl/.


SEMINAIRE QUMRAN DE PARIS
QUESTIONS ACTUELLES SUR LES MANUSCRITS DE LA MER MORTE
Programme 2011-2012(December 2011 - June2012)

The Séminaire Qumrâ n de Paris, founded in 2004 by Francis Schmidt, is currently directed by Christophe Batsch. It is sponsored by the Ecole Pratique des Hautres Etudes ( La Sorbonne , Paris) and the Laboratoire d'anthropologie et d'histoire des mondes antiques (ANHIMA, UMR 821, CNRS, the French national research fund and organization). Seminars are held in Pierre-Jean Mariette Hall, 2 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris. For the list of presenters and topics, please click the link below.


August


Stockholm 2012: "Ends and Beginnings."
August 23-26, 2012

The 11th European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR ) Annual Conference, S?dert?rn University , Stockholm with a Special Panel Session: Pentateuchal Mysticism? Ancient Israelite Priestly Initiation

More information


September


Biblical Lexicography - Hebrew and Greek
Strasbourg
9-12 September

All lovers of knowledge are cordially invited to an international conference held in Strasbourg, on 9-12 September 2012

BIBLICAL LEXICOGRAPHY : HEBREW AND GREEK
Semantics - exegesis - translation

The programme can be downloaded here

JESUS OF NAZARETH - An archaeological and religious journey through time
Chr. Gaestezentrum Wurttemberg (Schoenblick)
September 28-30

Windows on the Biblical Past
International Conference of Biblical Archaeology
at the Chr. Gaestezentrum Wurttemberg (Schoenblick)
near Stuttgart from September 28-30 (2012)

Speakers
Prof. Dr Chrys Caragounis (University of Lund)
Prof. Dr James H. Charlesworth (Princeton University)
Prof. Dr John Fischer (Rosh Yeshiva, Netzer David International)
Johannes Gerloff (Middle East correpsondent)
Dr Viktor Golinets (University of Basel)
Michael Hesemann (journalist and lecturer)
Rev Dr Hermann Mahnke (NT studies)
Alexander Schick (Qumran studies)
Prof. Dr Tom Tribelhorn (Judaic studies)
Dr Peter van der Veen (ABA and Mainz University)
Richard Wiskin (lecturer on biblical themes)

Topics:
Jesus and purification rites
Jesus and Qumran
Jesus and the Synagogue
Archaeological Discoveries from the Time of Jesus
Workshop on "Jesus the Messiah"

For registrations and prices please contact Peter van der Veen for a digital version of the invitation flyer.


Past 2010 - 2011




The Department of Bible, University of Haifa, invites you to a conference on:
Wisdom Literature in the Bible and the Ancient Near East
26 December, 2011

To take place on Monday, 30 Kislev, 5771 (26 December, 2011) in the Aviva and Sami Ofer Lookout, Eshkol Tower, 30th floor, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa

Schedule
9:00-9:30  Registration
9:30-9:45  Introductory Remarks and Greetings

First Session: Wisdom Literature in the Ancient Near East
Chairman-Alexander Rofé , The Hebrew University
9:45-10:20  Prof. Jacob Klein, Bar-Ilan University Religion and Morality in the Sumerian Proverbs

10:20-10:55  Prof. Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Ben-Gurion University "Better a bereaved bear meet a man": Undesirable Individuals in the Book of Proverbs and Mesopotamian Writings

11:00-11:30  Coffee Break

11:30-12:05  Prof. Ed Greenstein, Bar-Ilan University Wisdom in Ugaritic Literature

12:05-12:40  Prof. Nili Shupak, University of Haifa "Instruction to the ignorant so he will know ": The Instructions of Ptah-hotep and Biblical Wisdom Literature

12:40-14:00 Lunch Break

Second Session: Biblical Wisdom Literature

Chairman-Dr. Shamir Yona, Ben-Gurion University

14:00-14:35  Prof. Michael Fox, University of Wisconsin The composition and editing of Proverbs 22:17-23:11

14:35-15:10  Dr. Tova Forti, Ben-Gurion University The Question of Arrangement and Editing in Ecclesiastes - The saying as a connective link

15:10-15:45vDr. Itamar Kislev, University of Haifa Qohelet and His Struggle with Death

15:45-16:20  Dr. Ruth Fidler, University of Haifa Job 4:12-21: The "word" brought stealthfully (to Eliphaz?) and its place among the ways of "finding" wisdom.

For further information apply to : shupak@research.haifa.ac.il


The 10th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (MICAH)
28th-30th October 2011
Mainz , Germany

The 10th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (MICAH) will take place October 2011, friday to sunday 28th-30th, at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz , Germany: http://www.micah.hebraistik.uni-mainz.de/eng/204.php
Topics cover the Ancient and Classical Hebrew, i. e. Epigraphic and Biblical Hebrew, as well as adjacent languages and epigraphics, as for instance Phoenician & Punic, Old and Imperial Aramaic, and the ancient Transjordan languages.
The program schedule is online now: http://www.micah.hebraistik.uni-mainz.de/eng/115.php

For participation, we request a fee of 30 Euro, which is due onsite. This includes the conference binder, abstracts, badge, free WLAN access onsite, and refreshments. We are sorry that because of misuse by certain alien cadgers at the last meetings, these benefits will only granted to those who wear an authentic conference badge.
For proper preparation, we request a simple pre-registration e-mail to micah@uni-mainz.de.


LECTURES: AIAS - Autumn 2011 lectures
THE STEVENSON LECTURE THEATRE (Clore Education Centre)
In THE BRITISH MUSEUM

ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Reg. Charity 220367

LECTURE PROGRAMME
Autumn 2011

Monday 10th October 2011
DR LUCY WADESON
(University of Oxford)
PETRA AND JERUSALEM: RECONSTRUCTING RITUAL IN THE ROCK-CUT TOMBS

Monday 14th November 2011
DAVID JACOBSON (UCL), NIKOS KOKKINOS (UCL), and TESSA RAJAK ( Oxford)
HEROD THE GREAT AS RULER AND BUILDER
(a panel discussion in memory of Ehud Netzer (13th May 1934-28th October 2010), organised jointly with the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College, London)

Monday 5th December 2011
PROFESSOR ALAN MILLARD (University of Liverpool)
ASSYRIA AND ISRAEL - CONTACT AND CONFLICT

LECTURES COMMENCE AT 6.00 p.m at

ADMISSION FREE WITHOUT TICKET
www.aias.org.uk


November 1-2, 2011
Department of Hebrew, Biblical, and Jewish Studies
Dead Sea Scrolls Conference in Memory of Emeritus Professor Alan Crown

In memory of the late Emeritus Professor Alan Crown, the University of Sydney is convening a conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls to be held November 1-2, 2011. The occasion will also mark the purchase of the facsimile edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Fisher Library, an acquisition that came about at the initiative of Emeritus Professor Crown.


International Symposium
November 4th-5th 2011
Text History of the Hebrew Bible (Nebi’im) Between the 4th and 1st Centuries BCE: Multiplicity of Text Types and/or Hierarchy among Them?
University of Fribourg, Mise'ricorde
Room 3120 (nov. 4th) and 3024 (nov. 5th)

Program
Friday, November 4th (Room 3120)
9h00 Coffee
9h30-10h45 Adrian Schenker, Fribourg : Die Tiqqune sopherim im Horizont der biblischen Textgeschichte in vorchristlicher Zeit

10h45-11h00 Break

11h00-12h15 Armin Lange, Vienna : The Book of Jeremiah in the Greek and Hebrew Texts of Ben Sira

12h15-14h00 Break - Lunch

14h00-15h15 Yohanan Goldman, Fribourg : La borne de'place'e par les scribes. Incidence litte'raire de l'e'tude du texte des Douze.

15h15-15h30 Break

15h30-17h00 Thomas Ro"mer, Lausanne / Paris : From Deuteronomistic History to Nebiim and Torah: Competing Ideologies and their Reconciliation in the Persian Period

Saturday, November 5th (Room 3024)
9h00-10h15 Jan Joosten, Strasbourg : La place de la vocalisation tibe'rienne dans une e'dition critique de la Bible he'brai"que

10h15-10h45 Break

10h45-12h00 Innocent Himbaza, Fribourg : MT and LXX as Witnesses to Malachi 1:1 and 3:22-24. A Literary and Textual Study.

12h00-13h45 Break - Lunch

13h45-15h00 Matthieu Richelle, Vaux-sur-Seine : Des alle'geances cache'es ? Le traitement des figures royales et des royaumes dans les e'ditions les plus anciennes de 2 Rois, porte d’entre'e dans les origines de la multiplicite' textuelle.

15h00-15h15 Break

15h15-16h45 Philippe Hugo, Fribourg : "Drei?ig Jahre war David alt, als er Ko"nig wurde..." Literarische und textkritische Studie der Regierungsnotizen in Samuel

Information :
PD. Dr. Innocent Himbaza
+41 26 300 73 89
www.institut-barthelemy.ch


November 16-19, 2011
ASOR annual meeting
San Francisco

· The 2011 Academic Program is now online at http://www.asor.org./am/documents/academic_program_7.20.11.pdf

· Projects on Parade Poster Session, Saturday, November 19 from 12:45-2:00pm…If you are interested or have questions, please send an email to Morag Kersel (mkersel@depaul.edu). Poster abstracts must be submitted online by September 1. For more information: http://www.asor.org./am/2011/call-5.html .

· Registration and Hotel Reservation Registration: http://www.asor.org/am/registration.html We encourage you to make your reservations as the hotel is filling up fast! Please note the Westin St. Francis Hotel no longer has rooms available on Monday, November 14 or Tuesday, November 15. Please contact Kelley at asorad@bu.edu if you need a room on either of these nights.

Junior Scholar’s Luncheon, Thursday, November 17 from 12:45-2:00pm…Please check the junior scholars page for more information.

Call for Nominations… Please visit the ASOR Awards page for information on how to nominate an individual for an award: http://www.asor.org./am/nominations.shtml .

Annual Meeting Student Scholarships… To apply for a scholarship: http://www.asor.org./fellowships/annual-meeting/index.html .

Do not hesitate to contact the ASOR office by phone at 617-353-6570 or at asorad@bu.edu should you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting or any other issues. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this November.




International Conference of Biblical Archaeology
Chr. Gastezentrum Wurttemberg (Schonblick) near Stuttgart
November 25-27 (2011)

SCRIBES AND SCRIBAL TRADITIONS IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
with
(main speakers)
Professor Dr Andr? Lemaire
"Writing and Scribal Schools in Monarchic Israel"
"King David and the Tell Dan and Mesha Stelae"

Professor Dr Alan Millard
"Writing and the Origin of the Gospels"
"What Did They Write in Canaan and Israel: From Graffiti to Literature?"

(additional lectures, e.g.)

Dr Viktor Golinets - "The Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon: Different Interpretations"

Dr Martin Heide - "Schriftradition und Schreibmaterial" (in German only)

Dr Reinhard G. Lehmann - "Do You Know What You are Reading? Epigraphic Observations on Oral Transmission"

Dr Peter van der Veen - "Introductory Lecture to Conference Topic"

Professor Dr Wolfgang Zwickel - "The Origins of the Hebrew and Phoenician Languages"

Conference Fee 40 EUR (Students 20 EUR)
Single and Shared Rooms are available
For prices on accommodation please inquire:

P. G. van der Veen
Reinhardstrasse 31
73614 Schorndorf
Germany
Tel. +49-7181-989118
Email: van_der_Veen@gmx.de
Registration dead-Line is November 15 (2011)

But please register well before as the place is filling up rapidly!!



The Hebrew of the Late Second Temple Period between the Bible and the Mishnah: A Sixth International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira
September 19-21, 2011
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Organised by Research Unit Biblical Studies (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies) & Research Unit Near Eastern Studies (Faculty of Arts)

Presided by Pierre Van Hecke and Eibert Tigchelaar

With the financial support of FWO-Vlaanderen/Research Foundation-Flanders

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Collegium Veteranorum, Room 02.10

15:30 Registration and Coffee

16:00 Greetings

Opening Lectures

16:30 Moshe Bar-Asher, Hebrew University
The Patterns Pe'ila and Pi''ul in Qumran Hebrew

17:10 Steven Fassberg, Hebrew University
The Nature and Extent of Aramaisms in the Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Collegium Veteranorum, Room 02.10

Session I

9:00 Takamitsu Muraoka, Universiteit Leiden
Aspects of the Syntax of the Infinitive in Qumran Hebrew

9:40 Stefan Schorch, Martin-Luther-Universita"t, Halle- Wittenberg
Some Peculiar Usages of the Infinitive in Samaritan Hebrew

10:20 Tamar Zewi, Haifa University (Paper written jointly with Uri Mor)
The Nominal Clause in the Hebrew Legal Documents and Letters from the Judean Desert

11:00 Coffee Break

Session II

11:30 Gary Rendsburg, Rutgers University
The Nature of Qumran Hebrew as Reflected in 1QpHab

12:10 Mats Eskhult, Uppsala University
The Problem of Dating Job Linguistically

12:50 Lunch Break

Session III

14:30 Wido van Peursen, Universiteit Leiden
Linguistic Observations on the Hebrew Prayer of Manasseh from the Cairo Genizah

15:10 Alexey Yuditsky, The Academy of the Hebrew Language and Ben-Gurion University (Paper written jointly with Chanan Ariel)
Remarks on the Language of the Pesher Scrolls

15:50 Coffee Break

Session IV

16:20 Jan Joosten, Universite' de Strasbourg
The Tiberian Vocalization of the Hebrew Bible and the Hebrew Language of the Second Temple Period

17:00 Holger Gzella, Universiteit Leiden
The Spelling of the Third-Person Singular Independent Pronouns in Qumran Hebrew Revisited

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Collegium Veteranorum, Room 02.10

Session V

9:30 Francesco Zanella, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universita"t
Some Semantic Notes on the Lexeme mdhb' in the Dead Sea Scrolls

10:10 Pierre Van Hecke, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The Semantics of nbt. and Related Roots

10:50 Coffee Break

Session VI

11:20 Jacobus A. Naude', University of the Free State
Syntactic Features of kol in the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls

12:00 Jean-Se'bastien Rey, Universite' Paul Verlaine, Metz
The Syntax of 4Q417 2 i 9 // 4Q416 2 i 4

12:40 Lunch Break

Session VII

14:20 Noam Mizrahi, Georg-August-Universita"t Go"ttingen
Priests of Qoreb: Linguistic Enigma and Social Code

15:00 Haim Dihi, Ben-Gurion University
Quotations from Ben Sira in Rabbinic Literature

15:40 Closing and Coffee


Laws of Heaven – Laws of Nature: The Legal Interpretation of Cosmic Phenomena in the Ancient World
September 5-6, 2011
University of Zurich

There is a widespread conviction in historical research that the notion of "laws of nature” is of Greek origin. However, this assumption can be falsified empirically by looking into the traditions of the ancient Near East and the Bible: The use of legal language to describe astronomical phenomena has a particularly important prehistory in Mesopotamian astronomy. Although no explicit and exact Akkadian or Hebrew counterpart to the term "laws of nature” can be found, the notion of a legal metaphor for cosmic phenomena is clearly present. Perhaps the most striking find is the use of the same terms in the ancient Near Eastern formulation of most omina on the one hand and legal regulations in law books on the other. As a matter of fact, there are even some texts in ancient Near Eastern literature that explicitly present the legal arrangement of the cosmos, notably the heavenly order.

Mesopotamian astronomy and cosmology were certainly known and influential in ancient Israel, especially after the Babylonian Exile—where the deported Judean priestly intelligentsia came into contact with ancient Mesopotamian science.

The symposium will strive to elucidate the various legal interpretations of cosmic phenomena in the ancient world and their subsequent intellectual history. Participants will include scholars from such disciplines as Assyriology, Hebrew Bible, Classics, History of Religions, Egyptology, and physics from the US, Europe, and Israel.

September 5, 2011
9:20-9:30 Introduction 9:30-10:30 Der vergessene Orient: Forschungsgeschichtliche Bestimmungen der antiken Ursprünge von "Naturgesetzen” (Konrad Schmid, Zurich)

10:30-11:30 Messende und mathematisierende Astronomie im Altertum (Jörg Hüfner, Heidelberg)

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Begriffe, Metaphern, Taxonomien: Kausalitätsparadigmen in kosmologischen Diskursen (Christoph Uehlinger, Zurich)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Cuneiform and Biblical Rainbows, the Flood and the Laws of Nature (Wayne Horowitz, Jerusalem)

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Wie das Oben, so das Unten. – Die babylonische Suche nach dem Weltengesetz (Stefan Maul, Heidelberg)

17:00-18:00 Before Nature: Babylonian Legal Metaphors and Divine Cosmic Order (Francesca Rochberg, Berkeley)

Dienstag, 6. September 2011

9:30-10:30 Göttliche Justiz: Religiöse Quellen zum altägyptischen Rechtsleben (Franziska Naether, Leipzig)

10:30-11:30 The Concept of Justice in Early Greek Cosmology (Christian Wildberg, Princeton)

11:30-12:00 Pause

12:00-13:00 Legal Interpretation of Cosmic Phenomena in the Hebrew Bible (Jeffrey Cooley, Boston)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 The Revelation of Law as the Zenith of Creation in Priestly-Holiness Writings of the Pentateuch (David P. Wright, Brandeis)

15:30-16:30 "Beobachtet alle Werke am Himmel, wie sie nicht ihre Wege ändern…" (1. Henoch 2,1) – Naturgesetz und Gerechtigkeit im antiken Judentum (Matthias Albani, Moritzburg)

The symposium is funded by the University of Zurich’s Research Priority Program "Asia and Europe”, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Cogito Foundation, the Swiss Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East and the Zürcher Universitätsverein. There is no admission fee, no registration needed.

University of Zurich, Faculty of Theology
Kirchgasse 9
CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland
Room 200



Who do you think you are? Gender and the transmission of identity in the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature
Oxford - 13 July 2011

What is it? A three-day conference on the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature (Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, rabbinic writings, and other post-biblical literature)...
Where is it? ...to be held at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE...
When is it? ...from Monday 11 July to Wednesday 13 July 2011.
Who will be there? Main speakers will include:
Professor Ida Fröhlich, Professor of Hebrew Studies and Ancient Near Eastern History, Pázmány Pé ter Catholic University, Budapest; producer of the first ever Hungarian translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dr Susanne Scholz, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas; author of Introducing the Women’s Hebrew Bible and Rape Plots: A Feminist Cultural Study of Genesis 34.

Dr Deborah Rooke, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park College, Oxford; editor of and contributor to A Question of Sex? and Embroidered Garments, the collected papers from two previous gender conferences held at King’s College London.

Will you be there? Register now! Registration details and programme available from www.rpc.ox.ac.uk, under ‘Centre for Christianity and Culture’ and then ‘Conferences’. Deadline 10 June 2011.

Queries? Contact deborah.rooke@theology.ox.ac.uk



10-13. July 2011- Budapest
"Rewritten Bible” after 50 years: Texts, Terms, or Technics?

International Conference on the phenomenon of "Rewritten Bible”
at the Theological Faculty of the Caspar Karoli Reformed University
(Raday u. 28. 1092 Budapest)
50 years have passed since Geza Vermes invented the term "Rewritten Bible," To mark this occasion the Caspar Karoli Reformed University and the Society of Hungarian Hebraists have organized an international conference.

For the program click here.


27 June - 1 July 2011
Palermo - Italy
Family and Kinship in the Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature

The Conference Languages are Italian, French and English. An English translation of texts in Italian and French will be provided.
For more information please click here.


June 27-28, 2011
International Conference
"Les targums à la lumière des traditions du Second Temple"/
"The Targums in light of Traditions of the Second Temple Period”

Organized by Thierry LEGRAND and Jan JOOSTEN
Faculté de thé ologie de Strasbourg Université de Strabourg

MONDAY, JUNE 27
9h: Accueil
9h30: Ouverture du colloque

10h: Ingo KOTTSIEPER, « The History of Aramaic and Its Impact on the Evolution of the Targumin »

11h15: Ursula SCHATTNER–RIESER, « Le Mystère, raz (??), dans les targums, en aramé en biblique et dans les manuscrits hé breux de Qumrân
»

14h : Christophe BONNARD, « Targums samaritains et traditions aggadiques juives »

14h45: Beate EGO, « Retelling the Story of Esther in the LXX and inTargum Sheni – Some Main Outlines »

16h: Jan JOOSTEN, « Des targumismes dans la Septante ? »

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

9h: Willem SMELIK, « From Moses to Moses, Tanakh to Targum »

9h45: Claude TASSIN, « Zabulon et Nephtali dans le targum de Genèse 49 et de Deuté ronome 33. Un é clairage de Matthieu 4,15-16 ? »

11h: Robert HAYWARD, « God as Father in the Aramaic Translations of the Pentateuch »

11h45: Innocent HIMBAZA, « Le Targum Pseudo-Jonathan puise dans des pratiques sacrificielles de l’é poque du deuxième temple »

14h30: Michael LANGLOIS, « Les targums et la litté rature apocryphe juive du Second Temple »

15h15: Thierry LEGRAND, « Miracles, é vé nements spectaculaires dans la litté rature targumique »

16h: Clôture du colloque

Place: The symposium held at the « Palais universitaire » (9 place de l’Université , Strasbourg - France)

Contact :
Th. Legrand (thierry.legrand@unistra.fr)
J. Joosten (joosten@unistra.fr)

Information :
http://www.premiumorange.com/theologie.protestante/coltarg/




June 14-16
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Pauline Literature
International Colloquium
Metz

Organizing Committee: http://www.qumran.fr/comitee.html
Topic http://www.qumran.fr/topic.html
Program: http://www.qumran.fr/program.html
Registration: http://www.qumran.fr/registration.html
Practical Informations:http://www.qumran.fr/practical.html

Université Paul Verlaine Metz - Centre Ecritures
Universitä t Zurich - Lehrstuhl fur Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft mit
Schwerpunkt Antikes Judentum und Hermeneutik




April 27th, 2011
Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi, Jerusalem, will be hosting an international conference entitled:
"The Mikveh (Jewish Ritual Bath) – from Eretz-Israel to Germany (Ashkenaz) A German-Israeli Seminar”
For more information please click here




May 15th
Revelations of the Dead Sea Scrolls
A Window into the Historical Dictionary Project of the Academy of the Hebrew Language
Location: University of Haifa
For more information please click here




May 16th
The Haifa Workshop on the Qumran Scrolls
To read the program in Hebrew, please click here




April 4
Ancient Jewish Science and the History of Knowledge
New York

Organizers: Jonathan Ben-Dov (University of Haifa and ISAW) and Seth Sanders (Trinity College and ISAW)
Location: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
15 East 84th st. New York .
2nd floor lecture Hall
Date: April 4, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m.
For more information please click here

March 29 - 30
The Body of God and the Body of Humans an Ancient Judaism and Christianity
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
For more informations please click here


March 27-28
Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity
New York City

An International Conference Organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies
Co-sponsored by the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and YU Museum

Speakers include:

Eric Meyers, Daniel Sperber, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Burton L. Visotzky, Alexei Sivertsev, Laura S. Lieber, Shawn Zelig Aster, Jonathan Milgram, Uzi Leibner, Sacha Stern, Steven D. Fraade, Rachel Neis, Yonatan Adler, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and more.

Day 1: Sunday March 27, 1:00 – 5:30.
Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street

Day 2: Monday March 28, 10:00-6:00.
Furst Hall 501, Wilf Campus
185th and Amsterdam Avenue, Washington Heights



March 17th
Forthcoming Palestine Exploration Fund Lectures
(see website for abstracts)
The British Museum, London

4pm, Thursday 17th March 2011: Joint PEF/AIAS lecture
Hero Granger-Taylor, Palestine Exploration Fund "The Textiles at Masada - an insight into the material culture of Classical Antiquity"

Lectures are held in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum, London.




Lectures: ANE at University of Texas, Austin - February 15

February 15, 2pm, MEZ 1.210. Uri Mor (Ben-Gurion University) "The Language of the Hebrew Documents from Judaea" ABSTRACT: The talk will deal with the corpus of the epigraphic Hebrew documents from the Judaean desert that were composed between the first and the second Jewish revolts (66-135 CE). The linguistic nature of the corpus will be examined from three aspects: its uniformity, its dialectal affiliation, and its grammar. Based on a thorough study of the documents, it will be argued that the language of this corpus is homogenous, relatively closer to Mishnaic Hebrew and reflects a living dialect of Hebrew, rather than a mix of Aramaic and Hebrew




February 17th, 2011 - Tel-Aviv University
The Annual Symposium in Memory of Prof. Yohanan Aharoni

Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology
Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures
Friends of the Institute of Archaeology
The Annual Symposium in Memory of Prof. Yohanan Aharoni
Thursday, February 17th, 2011, Gilman Building
Tel-Aviv University Campus
Biblical Archaeology and the Pursuit of Certainty: The Role of Science and Technology

13:30 Reception
14:00 Greetings and Awarding of Institute Grants
Chair: Ze'ev Herzog

Part I: Science, Technology and Archaeology: Research Perspectives
Chair: Yuval Gadot (Tel-Aviv University)

14:30 Bronze Age Radiocarbon Dating: An "Opsimistic” View Ezra Marcus (University of Haifa)

15:00 A New Frontier in Ceramic Studies: 3D Imaging in the Study of Typological Microvariation Talia Neuman (Hebrew University)

15:30 Beyond the Lab: Trends and Developments in Archaeo-metallurgical Research Naama Yahalom-Mack (Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science)

16:00 Matter and Spirit: Teaching Ancient Technologies to Students of Archaeology Yuval Goren (Tel Aviv University)

16:30 Coffee Break

Part II: Debating the Future of Biblical Archaeology: Do Science and Technology Show the Way?
Chair: Raphael Greenberg (Tel Aviv University)

17:15 Gematria’s Ghost: Quantification, Digitization, and the Mirage of Historical Certainty Neil A. Silberman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

18:00 Discussants
Steve Weiner (Weizmann Institute of Science), Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University), Yuval Yekutieli (Ben-Gurion University).

18:45 Response Neil Silberman



2010 - 2011 - Palestine Exploration Fund Winter Lectures

Forthcoming Palestine Exploration Fund Lectures (see website for abstracts)
Lectures are held in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum, London.

Please note: from March 2011, the regular time of PEF lectures will change from 6pm to 4pm.

6pm, Thursday 9th December 2010
John Bartlett, Trinity College Dublin and Chairman of the Palestine Exploration Fund
Evans Memorial Lecture: "From Burchard to Burckhardt - Views of Jordan"

6pm, Thursday 13th January 2011: Joint PEF/CBRL/SAS lecture
David Wengrow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
"Cosmology and commerce in the Ancient Near East"

4pm, Thursday 17th March 2011: Joint PEF/AIAS lecture
Hero Granger-Taylor, Palestine Exploration Fund
"The Textiles at Masada - an insight into the material culture of Classical Antiquity"




Conference in Memory of Hanan Eshel
January 2, 2011 - Bar-Ilan University
Hebrew Flayer, English Flayer




November 14-16, 2010 - Princeton University

Hekhalot Literature in Context: From Byzantium to Babylonia
Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation For the Program, click Here: http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/hekhalotprogram.pdf




November 11th,Columbia University
Seminar on Jewish Demography in Antiquity

Thursday, November 11th, 2pm-6pm in the 5th floor conference room of the Italian Academy

2:00-2:25: Seth Schwartz (Columbia), "Posing the Problem"
2:25-2:50: Nathan Schumer (Columbia), "The Demography of High Imperial Sepphoris"
2:50-3:35: Hayim Lapin (Maryland), "Where Did All the Diaspora Jews Come from?"
3:35-3:55: questions and discussion
3:55-4:15: refreshments
4:15-5:00: Uzi Leibner (Hebrew University), "Settlement and Demography in Late Antique Galilee: Implications for Rabbinic Culture"
5:00-5:20: Walter Scheidel (Stanford), "Response"
5:20-6:00: general discussion
6:00-7:00: reception



November 15-16, 2010
4th N.i.Ke.-Workshop "Archaeometry of the Dead Sea Scrolls"

will take place on November 15-16, 2010 in the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing , Berlin , Germany .

You are kindly requested to e-mail your registration to E-mail: karin.pachaly@bam.de before October 15, 2010.

Please click here for the workshop program
For uptades please click here http://www.nike.bam.de/de/aktuell/veranstaltungen/index.htm


November 19-21, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia
Announcing the 13th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest

Twenty leading scholars will convene from around the world to share their research with the public in a dynamic seminar series designed specifically for the interested lay person. Concurrent sessions over the three-day period will address the latest developments in the fields of early Christianity, Gnostic scholarship, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Israel and Biblical archaeology. For thirteen years, the Biblical Archaeology Society is proud to be the only organization to bring current Biblical research to the general public straight from the scholars who are at the forefront of their fields.

Open to the public, this 3-day Bible and Archaeology Fest program will feature 20 of the most distinguished scholars from around the world covering topics from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the latest archaeological discoveries. They will address such issues as: Can a true history of Israel really be written? How do Biblical traditions align with archaeological reality? How did the ancient Israelites make the transition from paganism to monotheism? The answers to these questions and many more will be presented at the Biblical Archaeology Society's 13th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest.

Renowned speakers such at James Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary, Bart Ehrman of the University of North Carolina, Mark Goodacre of Duke University, Craig Evans of Acadia Divinity College, Ben Witherington III of Asbury Theological Seminary and many more will be presenting participants with their latest research.

The Bible and Archaeology Fest program also includes a plenary session, during which eminent scholar Amihai Mazar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will present Beth Shean: Biblical Traditions and Archaeological Reality. The final evening will feature a banquet and question-and-answer session with Hershel Shanks, founder of the Biblical Archaeology Society and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, scholar Sidnie White Crawford of the University of Nebraska and Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina.

Included in the Bible and Archaeology Fest program fee are all lectures, the plenary session, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, a final banquet and Continuing Education units.

Full details of the conference and the scheduled lectures, which are to be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, can be viewed at http://www.bib-arch.org/travel-study/bible-fest-2010.asp


Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia
November 20-23

For the Program, click Here: https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx

SBL Event Remembering Prof. Hanan Eshel (1958-2010):

The Qumran Section of the Annual SBL Meeting in Atlanta is hosting a session to celebrate the life of Prof. Hanan Eshel on Monday 22nd November 2010, 6-7 pm in International 8 – Marriott Marquis.

Friends and colleagues of Hanan are warmly invited to contribute to this informal session and share their memories of a much missed colleague and friend. Details will appear in the online Program Book but not in the Printed Version.




Biblical Archaeology lectures at the Center for Jewish Studies, Queens College, NY
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

For more information, please click here http://qcpages.qc.edu/jewish_studies/specialevents.html


October 21, 2010 - Amsterdam
The John Templeton Foundation and the YU Center for Israel Studies invites you to a lecture by:

Dr. Alex Jassen
McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor of Early Judaism
Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
University of Minnesota

From Ezra to the Rabbis: Toward a History of Jewish Law and Legal Interpretation

Thursday, October 21, 2010 6:45 PM
311 Furst Hall, Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street
For more information, please contact Joseph Angel
jangel@yu.edu.


October 21-22
The Jewish War against Rome (66-70/74):
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
University of Groningen

A symposium at the Qumran Institute of the University of Groningen
More information
For the Program, Please click here


October 21
The John Templeton Foundation and the YU Center for Israel Studies

invites you to a lecture by

Dr. Alex Jassen
McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor of Early Judaism
Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
University of Minnesota

From Ezra to the Rabbis: Toward a History of Jewish Law and Legal Interpretation

Thursday, October 21, 2010 6:45 PM
311 Furst Hall, Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street



October 26-27, 2010 - Salerno Italy
SCRITTURA E HALAKHAH
Formazione, codificazione e ricezione del diritto ebraico fra gli Asmonei e la Mišnah (II sec. a.C.-III sec. d.C.)

Seminario Internazionale di Studi, Napoli – Salerno, 26-27 ottobre 2010

Martedi 26, ore 9.30-13, Università "L’Orientale”, Napoli, Palazzo Corigliano, Aula Mura Greche
Saluti: Amneris Roselli, Preside della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell’Universita "L’Orientale”

Sessione I. Presiede: Carlo Zaccagnini (Universita di Napoli "L’Orientale”)
Shalom Bahbout (Touro University of Rome): La halakhah nel periodo degli Asmonei
Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev (Ben Gurion University of the Negev): Halakhah, Custom and Hellenistic Influences in Hasmonean Days
Giancarlo Lacerenza (Università di Napoli "L’Orientale”): La scrittura ebraica antica fra prassi e halakhah

ore 11 Pausa

Sessione II. Presiede: Riccardo Contini, Presidente del Centro di Studi Ebraici dell’Università "L’Orientale”
Pierpaolo Punturello (Comunità Ebraica di Napoli): Mišnah di Qiddušin: inizio del diritto matrimoniale ebraico
Francesco Lucrezi (Università di Salerno): La halakhah nel De vita Moysis di Filone
Luigi Cirillo (Università di Napoli "L’Orientale”): La questione halakhica alle origini del cristianesimo

ore 15-18.30, Associazione "Oltre il Chiostro”, Napoli, Complesso Santa Maria la Nova
Saluti: Giovanni Vitolo, Direttore del Dipartimento di Discipline Storiche dell’Università di Napoli "Federico II"
Sessione I. Presiede: Marcello Del Verme (Università di Napoli "Federico II”)
Lucio Troiani (Università di Pavia): Flavio Giuseppe e il diritto ebraico
Luca Arcari (Università di Napoli "Federico II”): I matrimoni misti nel giudaismo del Secondo Tempio: le testimonianze di Qumran e degli Pseudoepigrafi
Dorota Hartman (Università di Napoli "L’Orientale”): Il diritto ebraico nell’Archivio di Babatha

ore 16,30 Pausa

Sessione II. Presiede: Lucio Troiani (Università di Pavia)
Michele Ciccarelli (Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose, Avellino): Il peccato di apostasia nell’Epistola agli Ebrei e nella Mišnah
Pasquale Giustiniani (Pontificia Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Meridionale): Legge ebraica e legge cristiana in Agostino
Luciano Tagliacozzo (Comunità Ebraica di Napoli): Il trattato Eduyoth della Mišnah

Mercoledì 27, ore 9.30-13, Università di Salerno, Fisciano, Aula 2 della Facoltà di Giurisprudenza
Saluti: Raimondo Pasquino, Rettore dell’Università degli Studi di Salerno
Enzo Maria Marenghi, Preside della Facoltà di Giurisprudenza dell’Università di Salerno

Sessione I. Presiede: Massimo Panebianco (Università di Salerno)
Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University): "Scrittura” and Halakhah in the Biblical and Rabbinic Periods
Daniela Piattelli (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata”): Tradizioni giuridiche d’Israele nel periodo intertestamentario
Marcello Del Verme (Università di Napoli "Federico II”): Nuovo Testamento e legislazione ebraica: decime e altri tributi

ore 11 Pausa

Sessione II. Presiede: Luigi Rossi, Preside della Facoltà di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Salerno
Antonio Pitta (Pontificia Università Lateranense, Roma): Paolo di Tarso e le tradizioni orali della Legge
Giuseppe Reale (Università di Salerno): La legge ebraica nei Vangeli
Alfredo Mordechai Rabello (Zefat Academic College): La Mišnah di Rabbi Yehudah ha-Nasi



"Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem —Fall 2010"
October – New Discoveries In Archaeology

6.10.10 – From a Canaanite Kingdom to an Israelite City – The Renewed Excavations at Tel-Hazor, Dr. Sharon Zuckerman, Hebrew Univ.,

Hebrew
13.10.10 – A Temple, an Earthquake and Other Finds: New Biblical (and other) Insights From Tell es-Safi/Gath, Prof. Aren Meir, Bar Ilan Univ., Hebrew

20.10.10 – Above and Beneath the Ground – New Discoveries in the Jaffa Gate Plaza, Dr. Offer Sion and Pony Shahar, IAA, Hebrew

27.10.10 – Knights, Horses and Bishops – New Discoveries in Jaffa (Yafo), Amit Re'em, IAA, Hebrew

November & December – Biblical Figures and Others

3.11.10 – From Praising Elijah to the Praise of the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Avia Hacohen, Hebrew

10.11.10 – About Eve – from "Mother of All" to "Femme Fatale", David Ibgi, Researcher, Curator and Lecturer of Art, Hebrew

17.11.10 – Joseph, His Brothers and His Dreams, Dr. Lea Mazor, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew

24.11.10 – Antiochus the Man and his Character, Prof. Daniel Schwartz, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew

8.12.10 – God and Other Literary Characters in the Bible, Prof. Yaakov Malkin, Tel Aviv Univ., Hebrew

15.12.10 – Abraham – The Blessing of Contrast, Prof. Uriel Simon, Bar-Ilan Univ., Hebrew

22.12.10 – Biblical Figures and their Transformation in Islam, Prof. Moshe Sharon, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew

For the Courses list please click here.


Ancient Near Eastern Seminar for the 2010-11 - October-April

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Prof. Dan Bahat, Bar Ilan University (retired) and University of Toronto The Creation of the Herodian Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a historic city of more than 5,000 years, and its Old City is a religious center for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem is the holiest site in Jewish life, originally built 3,000 years ago by King Solomon. The temple was rebuilt subsequent to the fall of the Israelite kingdoms 2,500 years ago, and King Herod expanded the site 500 years later into a structure that was finally destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. Standing currently on Herod’s expanded platform are two of Islam’s holiest mosques. The temple built by Herod is considered to be the Second Temple in historical narratives, but it is in fact the fourth, as it succeeded three previous temples on the site. The lecture will describe these previous temples and how we know about them.

The meeting will be held at the Columbia University Faculty House. We begin gathering at 5:00 PM in the first floor lounge, and the lecture will begin at 5:30 PM on the second floor, followed by optional dinner with the speaker at 7:00 PM at the restaurant just outside the seminar room. If you wish to make dinner reservations and join us (we will need to report the number of guests), please contact our seminar rapporteur, Türkan Pilavci [tap2114@columbia.edu], and for those without internet access, a phone call to me will be fine [(718) 817-3854]. The buffet dinner costs about $24. Please do not wait until the last moment to let us know.

The seminar schedule for the rest of the academic year is as follows:

November, 2010- TBA
December, 2010-TBA
January 25, 2011 (Tuesday)- Bryan K. Hanks, University of Pittsburgh
February 1, 2011 (Tuesday) - Tim Harrison, University of Toronto
February 14, 2011 (Monday) - Aslihan Yener, Koç University and University of Chicago
March 21, 2011 (Monday) - Karen Sonik, University of Pennsylvania and ISAW
April 4, 2011 (Monday) - Mara Horowitz, Koç University and Alalakh Expedition

Saturday 4th September 2010
"Digitising Cultural Heritage"
British Museum: Stevenson Lecture Theatre,

FREE EVENT: everyone welcome
Digital technology is transforming cultural heritage management. The power to store, organise and distribute vast quantities of complex data makes it possible now to do things that only 20 years ago were dreams. This study day brings together a selection of projects that embrace the potential of the digital world to broaden and enrich access to the world's shared cultural heritage.
See http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/september_2010/digitising_cultural_heritage.aspx for more details.


September 20-21
Fixing, Transmitting and Preserving: Early Jewish and Rabbinic Literature in the History of Hebrew Bible
Madrid

International symposium held at the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS) in Madrid ( Spain )
More information


September 22-24
Conflict and Convergence: Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms
Worcester College , Oxford , England

An international conference highlighting the diverse ways of studying the Psalms. The conference is associated with the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford and the Society for Old Testament Study and is convened by Dr Susan Gillingham and Professor John Barton. The location will be at Worcester College , Oxford , England . More information


August 29 – 31, 2010
Ramat Rahel: Concluding six years of excavations
Heidelberg, Germany




June 30-July 2, 2010
THE SAMARITANS AND THE BIBLE

University of Zurich,
Theological Seminar
Kirshwasser 9 Room 2000

For program, click here: http://www.theologie.uzh.ch/faecher/neues-testament/joerg-frey/20100429_Flyer.pdf


July - August 2010 - Helsinki

7/29-7/31The 14th Congress of International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) will be held in Helsinki , Finland together with the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)1-6 August 2010).
More information

 8/1-8/6The 20th Congress of IOSOT (International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament) will be held in Helsinki , Finland .
There will be 15 main speakers and two panel sessions. Call for papers
Joint Congresses are International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) 29-31 July, International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS) on 2 August, International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS) 2-4 August and International Organization for Targumic Studies (IOTS) 4-6 August.
More information

 8/2Twenty-Third Congress of the International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS), will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) in Helsinki .
More information




July 26-25, 2010
Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LVIV The book of Joshua and the land of Israel
University of Leuven - Belgium

More information




July 08-10, 2010
Themes in Biblical Narrative: The Day of Atonement – International Conference at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz , Germany .Organizers: Thomas Hieke ( Mainz ), Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg ).

See conference web page for more information.

Preliminary Program link: http://www.at.kath.theologie.uni-mainz.de/331.php




The conference, "The Samaritans in biblical traditions", will take place from the 30th June to 2nd July 2010 in Zurich.

For internet posting of the program, with many links, go to http://www.agenda.uzh.ch/index.php?reihe=671


The Israel Academy of Sciences and Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi invite you to an evening program in celebration of the publication of The Dead sea Scrolls: The Hebrew Writings, Vol. 1, by Prof. Elisha Qimron.

June 17, 2010
5:00 pm
Israel Academy of Sciences
43 Rehov Jabotinski
For the program (in Hebrew) please click here


The Cairo Genizah and its Computerization
A Workshop Organized by The University of Haifa and the Friedberg Genizah Project

For the program (in Hebrew) please click here


"After Qurman, Old and New Editions of Biblical Texts: The Historical Books"
May 31st-June 2nd 2010

The Symposium will be celebrated at Universidad de Alcala de Henares and organized by the Universities of Alcala, Complutense de Madrid, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
For the Program please click here


Colloque international « Aux origines des messianismes juifs »
8 et 9 juin 2010 – Maison de la Recherche (Paris-Sorbonne)

In order to read the program , please click here.


Outdoor Qumran and the Dead Sea
Its impact on the Bio- and Material Cultures at Qumran and the Judean Desert manuscripts
The Third Congress On Qumran Science
25-26 May 2010 at Beit Belgia, Givat Ram.

For more info please click here


Prof. Albert Baumgarten, Universite de Bar-Ilan, Israel
Lundi 15 mars 17-19h
« Calendriers et identité s: Qumran et les Karaites »

Salle Duby
Maison Mediterrané enne des Sciences de l’Homme
Aix en Provence, FRANCE



Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem
Wednesday evening lecture at 19:30

24.2.10 - Biblical Hebrew and Mishnaic Hebrew in The Book of Esther Dr. Keren Dubnov, The Academy of the Hebrew Language & Hebrew University In Hebrew.


Conference at the University of Halle (Germany), 14-18 March 2010

"Biblical Exegesis and Hebrew Lexicography: Gesenius' Hebrew Dictionary as Resource and Mirror of Old Testament Scholarship, throughout 200 Years since its first Publication"

Wilhelm Gesenius (1786-1842), professor for Biblical studies at the University of Halle, was the founder of modern Hebrew lexicography and grammar. His numerous works on Hebrew and on further Semitic languages were most influential, especially his "Hebraeisch-deutsches Handwoerterbuch" and the "Thesaurus philologicus criticus linguae Hebraeae et Chaldaeae Veteris Testamenti".

The conference, celebrating 200 years since the first edition of the "Handwoerterbuch" was published in 1810, will deal with different aspects of the lexicographical and exegetical work of Wilhelm Gesenius, its basis and its influence, its different editions, its re-worked editions, and its translations. The central question will be how Biblical exegesis influenced the dictionary and its development during its different editions, on the one hand, and how the dictionary influenced the critical exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, on the other.

Program:
http://www.schorch.at/html/aktuelles.html and
http://www.schorch.at/html/gesenius-programm.html



15th February 2010
THE ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

2nd floor, Supreme House, 300 Regent’s Park Road, London N3 2JX  Tel:
020 8 349 5754  www.aias.org.uk

Affiliated to the Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

THE JOY OF STUDYING ARAMAIC OSTRACA
Lecture to be given by Professor Bezalel Porten

Bezalel Porten is professor emeritus in the department of Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written widely on the Aramaic papyri and ostraca stemming from the Jewish community of Elephantine, Egypt from the fifth century B.C.E.

In the last two decades there have come to light some 1700 Aramaic ostraca, spanning the years 362 to 302 and believed to have come from
the vicinity of Hebron, situated in what was ancient Idumea (Biblical Edom). They made their appearance on the antiquities market and were
grabbed up by eager collectors, who made them available to enthusiastic scholars, who published them in record time. Three major publications have already appeared and a fourth is on the way. The editors of one of these books never saw the actual ostraca and worked only from photographs. Today, their black and white pictures are no longer considered adequate. All photos must be digital. Each piece is shot twice, dry and wetted, and also a third enhanced print is produced. Aided by these three prints, each piece is hand-copied at source. Deciphering a piece is often like solving a puzzle. Initial readings that don't make sense need be challenged. Thus the letter qof in the incomprehensible name Shaqaniqos could be broken into the two letters ayin and a dalet, yielding the hitherto unknown but comprehensible name Saadaniqos, "Qos has helped me." This reading was validated in two other ostraca, each from a different collection. A daring reading in a third ostracon produced the name Rabsaadani, "The Great One helped me." Most unexpected is a land description text which opens with mention of "the ruin of the temple of YHW" and closes with reference to two private tombs. Three ostraca for O?aggu/Oagagu b. Baalsamak clarify the historical question of when Antigonus replaced Alexander IV. Four ostraca demonstrate the agricultural work detail of the major clans and two illustrate a 6+ month run of a single scribe recording 17 chits for wheat flour. Finally, we survey the many different logos by which scribes sealed their documents and view two that were both unique and colorful.


Monday, 15th February 2010 at 6.00 p.m.

At the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre in The British Museum
All welcome.  Admission free.  No ticket required.
Enquiries: 020 8349 5754  Website: www.aias.org.uk



February 4, 2010
Ecole biblique et archeologique

You are cordially invited to a lecture, entitled "How Father de Vaux Saved the Qumran Cave 11 Scrolls,” to be presented by Dr. Weston W. Fields, Executive Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, at the Ecole biblique et archeologique, 6 Nablus Road, Jerusalem, on February 4, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.


30th January-1st February 2010
Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem presents "Living the Lunar Calendar: Time, Text and Tradition” At the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and Qumran

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, in collaboration with the CAENO Foundation; the Department of Bible, University of Haifa; the Orion Center ; the Haifa Forum for the History of Science; and the Qumran National Park – Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
For More information please click here
For the Conference poster click here


6-1-2010 - Prof. Ruth Langer Lecture
Click here for the Hebrew Invitation




15th January 2010 workshop on "Jewish ‘Material’ Otherness? Ethnic, Religious and Cultural Boundaries in Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Times in the Southern Levant”

will take place on Friday at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

The workshop is part of a research project at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (http://ikgf-server.vm.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/) in Bochum.

Programme
9.00 Introduction
Christian Frevel, Bochum

9.15 Phoenician and Hellenistic influences on clay figurines in the late Persian period
Izak Cornelius, Stellenbosch/ Bochum

10.50 The Coinage Imagery of Samaria and Judah in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic periods: Two Iconographic Profiles in Comparison
Patrick Wyssmann, Bern

13.30 Glyptic iconography of Persian-period Palestine. The case of Wadi Daliyeh
Othmar Keel, Fribourg

14.55 New insights into Greek pottery imports and their impact on "identity discourses”
Astrid Nunn, Gottingen/ Wurzburg

16.00 Religious and cultural boundaries from the Neo-Babylonian to the early Greek period in historical perspective
Lester L. Grabbe, Hull

17.00 Panel discussion: Jewish identity and cultural assignment in the late Persian Period

17.30 Closing comments

Organisers: Izak Cornelius and Christian Frevel

If you wish to attend the workshop please register by emailing to jan.clauss@rub.de.


February 18, 2010
Annual Symposium in Memory of Prof. Yohanan Aharoni
Tel Aviv University
Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities
Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology
Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures
Friends of the Institute of Archaeology

The Symposium Will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2010, 13:30-19:00 Hall 223, Gilman Building, Tel Aviv University

Subject: "Town and Administration in Classical Periods Palestine"

13.30 Welcome reception
14.00 Chair: Ze'ev Herzog (Tel Aviv University)

Greetings and Awarding of Institute and Department Grants Part I: Public Buildings
14:15 Chair and Introductory Remarks: Aharon Oppenheimer (Tel Aviv University)
14:30 Guest Lecturer: Andrea M. Berlin (University of Minnesota), "The Persian-Hellenistic Administrative Building at Kedesh"
15:30 "Temple and Community at Roman Kedesh," Moshe Fischer (Tel Aviv University)
16:00 "Herod's Administration in Light of His Building Projects," Ehud Netzer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
16:30 Coffee Break
Part II: Town and Administration
Chair: Oren Tal (Tel Aviv University)
17:00 "Economy and Society in Gamla in Light of the Finds," Danny Syon (Israel Antiquities Authority)
17:30 "Town and Administration in Roman Eleutheropolis (Beth Guvrin)," Amos Kloner (Bar Ilan University)
18:00 "Administration of Iudaea / Palaestina in the Roman and ByzantinePeriods in Light of the Excavations at Caesarea Maritima," Joseph Patrich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
18:30 "City Administration in Roman and Byzantine Palestine," Leah Di Segni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
19:00 Closing




February 13 and 14, 2010.- 38th meeting of the North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics, which will be held at the University of Texas – Austin

Please go the the NACAL website http://www.mandaic.org/nacal/ for additional information.
For the program, please click here

2009




December 6, 2009
The Dead Sea Scrolls - Decoding Early Judaism Reflections on the Contributions of Dr. Joseph Baumgarten
Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University

Speaker: Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman
Sunday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Towson University, the new Liberal Arts Building, 4th Floor, Room 4117

Lawrence H. Schiffman is Chair of New York University's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and serves as the Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University (NYU). He is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in Late Antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature.

This is an open event. Anyone can join and invite others to join. Guests are allowed to bring friends to this event.



December 1, 2009
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities cordially invites you to the Annual Humanities Lecture inaugurating the German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Symposia and marking the 50th anniversary of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Prof. Christoph Markschies - President, Humboldt University of Berlin will speak on COMPASSION: Some Remarks on Concepts of Divine and Human Compassion in Antiquity

Chairman Prof. Menahem Yaari
Greetings: Prof. Menahem Yaari, Prof. Helmut Schwarz
Introductory Remarks: Prof. Guy Stroumsa

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 19:00 at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities Albert Einstein Square, 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem




Wednesday 18th November 2009
"THE PLACE OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS COMMUNITY IN JEWISH HISTORY"

The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society presents:
PROF. ANDRE LEMAIRE (University of the Sorbonne, Paris)
THE PLACE OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS COMMUNITY IN JEWISH HISTORY
(Jointly with the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL)
Reception: 6.15 p.m. Terrace Restaurant, Wilkins Building, UCL
Lecture: 6.45 p.m. Gustave Tuck Theatre, 2nd floor, UCL,
Gower Street, London WC1
For further information please go to:
www.aias.org.uk


November 16 - 18, 2009
"The Dead Sea Scrolls: Transmission of Traditions and Production of Texts"

In conjunction with the exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, there will be an academic conference held at University of Toronto on November 16 and 17. Scholars from North American, Israel and Europe will discuss questions related to the production, transmission and reception of ancient texts and traditions; papers will be published in a conference volume by Brill. On Nov. 18, papers will be presented by graduate students from University of Toronto and McMaster University.

Please click here in order to see the Conference brochure. For further information, please contact:
Sarianna Metso: s.metso@utoronto.ca
Hindy Najman: hindy.najman@utoronto.ca
Eileen Schuller: schuller@mcmaster.ca


30 November 2009
Wolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths

Lecture: The Cultural History of Enoch from Antiquity to Christian Thrillers
Gyorgy Szonyi (Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow, CEU and University of Szeged )
Hosted jointly with the Faculty of Divinity and the Cambridge Theological Federation
30 November 2009, 17.00
Drinks served afterwards.
Venue: Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge Calendar of Events 2009-2010


5 November 2009 - W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

Invites you to the lecture:
“Excavations at the Summit of the City of David 2005 - 2008”
For questions please contact albrightprogramcoordinator@gmail.com


November 4, 2009 -Priesthood in Ancient Judaism - New York

The Working Group on Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity at the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies invites you to a symposium:
Priesthood in Ancient Judaism
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 7-9 pm
Furst Hall, Room 501, 185th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
For information, please contact: Joseph Angel at jangel@yu.edu




31.10. – 01.11.2009 - Hermeneutics in the Ancient World - Vienna

An international conference at the Institut fur Judaistik and the Orientalische Institut of Vienna University.

Sponsord by the Vice rector of Vienna University Prof.Dr. A. Mettinger, the dean of Faculty of Philological-Cultural Sciences Prof.Dr. F. Romer, the dean of Faculty of Historical-Cultural Sciences Prof. Dr. V.M. V. schwarz, and the Orientalische Gesellschaft Wien.

This workshop deals with the hermeneutic principles used in the Ancient World from a comparative point of view. With case studies and overviews of various genres and traditions of the Ancient World, ranging from Egypt to Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Ancient Greece we eventually hope to gain deeper insights in the coherence and the diversity of these literary traditions.


15-17 October, 2009
Identity and alterity: the different versions of Ben Sira

For the Program please click here
for more information please contact Jean-Sébastien Rey -Maître de conférence


July 30-31, 2009
Religiose und literarische Kanonisierungs- und Dekanonisierungsprozesse als hermeneutisches Problem

More information


July 3-6, 2009
International Conference of the ISDCL
Kerkrade, Netherlands
"A time for war and a time for peace" vision of peace and tales of war in deuterocanonical and cognate literature.

For full conference program and other information, click here

June 30-July 4, 2009
SBL 2009 International Meeting
Celebrating the Centenary of the PBI
Pontifical Gregorian UniversityRome, Italy
"The Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls"

For full conference program and other information, click here http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Internationalmeeting.aspx
For sessions on the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, click here.

July 6-7, 2009
Codex Sinaiticus: Text, Bible, Book - The British Library

The British Library is hosting a two-day conference on the 6th and 7th of July 2009 on behalf of the Codex Sinaiticus Project. The conference will celebrate the virtual reunification of Codex Sinaiticus, an outstanding manuscript which ranks as one of the oldest and most complete Bibles in existence. The event will offer a unique opportunity to hear leading experts from around the world speak about the making, history, text, transmission, conservation and digitisation of this monumentally important manuscript.

The conference will be complemented by an exhibition at the British Library which will highlight the history of this great book from the time of its creation over 1600 years ago to its twenty-first century appearance in digital form.

To find details on how to book a place at this fascinating event please go to the conference page on the Codex Sinaiticus website where you will also be able to find out more about the manuscript and the work of the Codex Sinaiticus Project: http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/project/conference.aspx.

June 3, 2009
Rabbinic Views on Looking at Idols

"Religion of Place and Religion of Community" Research Group is happy to invite the University community to a seminar by Dr. Rachel Neis (University of Michigan) on Rabbinic Views on Looking at Idols

The seminar will be held in Room 1108 of the Rabin Building on Wednesday, Hebrew University, Jerusalem June 3, 12:30-14:00


June 4, 2009
Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press
ZAPHENATH-PANEAH

Linguistic Studies Presented to Elisha Qimron on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday
For more information in Hebrew, please click here and for the program click here


June 16-18, 2009
“Qumran Cave 4 Texts Reconsidered”
International symposium on Dead Sea Scrolls
University of Copenhagen

To read the program please click here
For more information, please click here

Thursday, 25 June 2009
JEWS, CHRISTIANS, GREEKS, ROMANS:CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS INTERACTIONS
University of Reading - U.K.

This symposium at the University of Reading is to mark the long and distinguished career of our colleague, Professor Tessa Rajak, and her many years of research, teaching, and service to the global academic community.

For more information please click here



Tuesday, May 19th at 4:00
Albright Institute Workshop
by Ida Frolich, AIAR Mellon Fellow.
"'Invoke at Any Time': Demonology and Apotropaic Practice in the Qumran Tradition"

For more information, please contact
Joe Uziel
Program Coordinator
Albright Institute for Archaeological Research


14 May, 2009
The Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Day Conference at King's College London (Strand Campus)

For more information and the program, please click here http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/depts/trs/news/
Deadline for proposals for short papers is March 15.

5-6 May, 2009
What are the Gospels?
Deichmann Annual Lecture Series

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Department of Bible Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
The Deichmann Program for Jewish and Christian Literature of the Hellenistic-Roman Era
are pleased to invite you to the sixth lecture series
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 5-6 2009, Oren Conference Hall, Kreitman Building

To read the invitation in Hebrew, please click here

May 7, 2009
The Qumran Scrolls: Between Scripture and Midrash
Yad Ben-Zvi

An evening in celebration of the publication of

îâéìåú ÷åîøàï – îáåàåú åîç÷øéí - (The Qumran Scrolls and Their World)
(ed. Menahem Kister; 2 vols.; Ancient Literature of Eretz Israel and Its World 1; Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2009)

18:00 at Yad Ben-Zvi, Rehov Abarbanel 12, Jerusalem
For more info please click: http://www.ybz.org.il/?ArticleID=2557
To read the invitation in Hebrew, please click here

April 23-24, 2009
The Duke Symposium on Archaeology, Politics, and the Media

The Duke Symposium will explore the often-strained relations between archaeologists and the media and the concomitant impact on local communities in the United States and the Middle East . Specifically, the conference will investigate the methods and values of media representation and those of archaeological investigation, as well as the effects of archaeological excavation and media coverage on the scholarly world, local inhabitants, and American faith communities. Ultimately, the symposium intends to outline better methods of communication between archaeologists, media representatives, and non-specialist audiences.

Conference Flyer: http://fds.duke.edu/db?attachment-110--0-view-790
For more information about conference registration and funding opportunities please contact Erin Kuhns-Darby, Conference Coordinator.

April 23-24, 2009
Qumran Conference
Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

On April 23-24, 2008 MABTS will host a conference on “Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” This conference will include world class archaeologists, authors, and researchers as well as Old and New Testament scholars.
For more information please visit their Web Site http://www.mabts.edu/templates/System/details.asp?id=23267&PID=195646&Style=

April 20, 2009
Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture

Mon 20 April 18.00 Dennis Mizzi The Qumran caves: a re-evaluation of the evidence
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum , Gt Russell St WC1.
All welcome. Enquiries: 020 7691 1467. Website: www.aias.org.uk

March 31, 2009
Qumran Day—In Memory of John Strugnell
Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise de Jerusalem

For program in French and English

March 29-30, 2009
The Haifa Workshop on the Qumran Scrolls

To read the program, please click

March 12-14, 2009 - Kansas City
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins:
Final Relics of a Lost People

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Chapel Auditorium
5001 N. Oak Trafficway
Kansas City , MO 64118

Click here to view PDF flyer

March 8, 2009 - Jerusalem
Lecture, Prof. Rachel Elior
"?æéëøåï åðùééä - îé ãç÷ àú îâéìåú îãáø éäåãä ìúäåí äðùééä åîãåò"

Wise Auditorium
Hebrew University Edmond Safra Campus—Givat Ram
For more informations please Click here

January 5-7 2009
Was 70 C.E. Really a Watershed? On Jews and Judaism Before and After the Destruction of the Second Temple
Rabin World Center of Jewish Studies, THe Hebrew University

To read the program, please click here


2008



November 21-25
SBL Annual Meeting in Boston, MA

The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world and one of the world's largest exhibit of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress.
For more information please visit the official site.
Search "Qumran" in the Program Book.

November 11-12
EVA/MINERVA 2008 Jerusalem International Conference on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage

For more information, please click here.



SBL Annual Meeting in Boston, MA The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world and one of the world's largest exhibit of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress. Search "Qumran" in the Program Book.


November 2-5, Bonn
Symposium: "Theologisches Worterbuch zu den Qumrantexten"

For program, please click here.
For further information, please contact Prof. Heinz-Josef Fabry, c/o Alttestamentliches Seminar, Universitat Bonn, thwq@uni-bonn.de


September 18-20, 2008
"Septuagint Translation(s): Retrospect and Prospect"
Septuagint Institute
Trinity Western University

The Septuagint Institute, with the generous support of The Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust, will host an international Septuagint conference and the Canadian launch of A New English Translation of the Septuagint (Oxford University Press) at Trinity Western University. The conference theme will be "Septuagint Translation(s): Retrospect and Prospect." Special guest speakers will include Albert Pietersma (University of Toronto), Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University, Pennsylvania), Jan Joosten (Universite Marc Bloch, France), Wolfgang Kraus (University of Saarland, Germany), Alison Salvesen (Oxford University), Melvin Peters (Duke University), and Cameron Boyd-Taylor (University of Cambridge).
To see the Call for Papers, click here.
For a list of all speakers and paper titles/abstracts, click here.
To register for the conference, click here



July 6–8, 2008 - International Conference at the Israel Museum:
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture: Celebrating 60 Years of Discovery

Scholars from Israel and abroad convene to mark 60 years of Scrolls research, with presentations on issues in the interpretation of the Scrolls and Qumran archaeology. Sponsored by the Dorot Foundation and the Nussia and Andre Aisenstadt Foundation in collaboration with the Orion Center, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

The lectures will be given in English. Participation is by invitation only, but the conference will be webcast live on the internet: http://www.imj.org.il/DSS_conference_2008/index.html

For the program in English or in Hebrew, click here.

Sunday, July 6, 2008, 7–9 pm
Special Public Session in Hebrew:
Cherchez la Femme—The Presence of Women at Qumran

Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram
With Prof. Jodi Magness, North Carolina University;
Prof. Tal Ilan, Freie Universitat, Berlin;
Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University;
Dr. Eyal Regev, Bar-Ilan University;
Dr. Adolfo Roitman, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem



June 26, 2008- The Feldman Congress Center, Bar-Ilan University

Bar-Ilan University , The Faculty of Jewish Studies , The Department of Jewish History
Are pleased to invite the public to an international conference on Israelite and Jewish Identity during the Biblical and Second Temple Periods: "Tribalism, Nationhood and Religion"
The conference is part of a series on Jewish identity through the ages, held by the Department of Jewish History
Please note: most of the proceedings will take place in Hebrew
For the program please click here.


30 June – 2 July 2008
International Conference on The Aramaic Texts from Qumran

Maison Mediterraneenne des Sciences de l'Homme
Aix-en-Provence, France
For more information : berthelot@mmsh.univ-aix.fr ;   stoekl@mmsh.univ-aix.fr
For full program please click here
For a description of the conference itself please click here


June 16-18,2008
University College London
Institute of Jewish Studies
Summer Conference 2008

Sect and Sectarianism in Jewish History
For more information please click here


June, 16-20
Saint Martin's University and the Spiritual Life Institute present

"The Dead Sea Scrolls at Sixty: Past, Present, and Future Prospects".
June, 16-20 from 10am-4:30pm daily.
Free evening presentation on Friday, June 20 from 7:30pm to 10pm.
All meetings will be held in the Worthing Conference Center at Saint Martin's University. For more information, please contact Dr. Ian Werrett ( sli@stmartin.edu) or visit our website: http://www.stmartin.edu/spiritual_life/program.htm
For full program please click here


June 9-11, 2008- The Second Enoch Graduate Seminar

AN International Conference of PhD and Post-Doctoral students in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins
At PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
In collaboration with
Princeton University, the Journal Henoch, and
the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha

(Chairs: Profs. James H. Charlesworth, Martha Himmelfarb, and Gabriele Boccaccini; secr. Prof. Shane Berg)

For more information, please contact Prof. Shane Berg shane.berg@ptsem.edu

June 2-4, - NIAS Conference - Wassenaar
"Flavius Josephus: Author, Editor, or Historian?"

The colloquium will take place at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanties and Social Sciences:
NIAS
Meijboomlaan 1
2242 PR Wassenaar
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31-70-5122700
See for details: http://www.nias.knaw.nl/en/lectures_and_conferences/
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Jan Willem van Henten,
Prof. Yossi Patrich,
or Prof. Daniel R. Schwartz:
For the program in English, click here.

May 21, 2008 - Centre de Recherche Francais de Jerusalem

"Les exegetes juifs de l'Antiquite face au recit biblique de la conquete de Canaan"
Lecture by Katell Berthelot (In French)
5:30 p.m.
Centre de Recherche Francais de Jerusalem
3 Shimshon Street, Baka

April 28–29, 2008
Groningen Qumran Institute

Honoring Professor Florentino Garcia Martinez’s great achievements for the Groningen Qumran Institute and Dead Sea Scrolls studies and initiating a new series of biennial conferences the Qumran Institute announces:

The Authoritativeness of Scriptures in Ancient Judaism: The Contribution of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature

A Symposium at the Groningen Qumran Institute,
Organization: Mladen Popovic (m.popovic@rug.nl)
For the entire program please click here
For more information please click here


April 21-25, 2008
Holistic Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and the Lorentz Center of Leiden University are cosponsoring a conference on Qumran and the Dead Sea scrolls, bringing together research in the areas of exegesis, palaeography, history, archaeology, preservation, physics and chemistry. The meeting is scheduled for 21-25 April 2008, at the Lorentz Center (Institute of Physics) in Leiden University. It is organized by Jan Gunneweg of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Annemie Adriaens of Ghent University, and Joris Dik of the Technical University of Delft.

For more information, please click here.


April 4th and 5th, 2008 - Amherst College, Massachusetts

The Other in Second Temple Judaism: A Conference in Honor of John J. Collins
Longtime colleagues and students of Professor Collins will explore a topic that embraces many of the issues and areas within biblical and hellenistic Jewish writings that Professor Collins has illuminated during his long and distinguished career.
A native of Ireland, Professor Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
For more information, please click here


March 26, 2008
The Joy Gottesman Ungerleider Lecture

The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Sixty Years On Wednesday March 26 at 7 p.m.
The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

Leading land of Israel archaeologist Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, provides an illustrated retrospective of 60 years of excavation and interpretation

Free program: Please register by e-mail: freidus@nypl.org or phone: 212-930-0601.

The annual Joy Gottesman Ungerleider Lecture is made possible by the Dorot Foundation as part of its support for the Dorot Jewish Division of The New York Public Library.
The New York Public Library www.nypl.org


March 6 & March 7, 2008
The New York University Center for Ancient Studies Rainieri Colloquium

"Dead Sea Scrolls at Sixty: Scholarly Contributions by NYU Faculty & Alumni"
The Center for Ancient Studies at New York University , in conjunction with the NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, cordially invites you to the Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies, "THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AT 60: THE SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTIONS OF FACULTY AND ALUMNI." The colloquium will take place on March 6 & 7, in Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 102, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, and seating is by general admission. There will be a wine reception after Thursday's evening session. For more information about the event, please see details below and visit the Center for Ancient Studies web site: http://ancientstudies.fas.nyu.edu or contact the College Dean's Office at 212.998.8100 ; cyberdean@nyu.edu .
For the entire program please click here


February 11–14, 2008
Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Vienna
Vienna

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context: Integrating the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Study of Ancient Texts, Languages, and Cultures

We are pleased to invite you to the international conference "The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context: Integrating the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Study of Ancient Texts, Languages, and Cultures," which will be held in Vienna from 11th to 14th February, 2008. The conference is organized within the framework of the cooperation between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Vienna.

The aim of the conference is to build a bridge between the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other fields of research. Since the majority of the scrolls from the Judean Desert has been published, scholars now focus more on the interpretation of individual texts than on text editions. As all these scrolls are now easily accessible, it is time for their full integration in the various disciplines that benefit from the discovery of these very important ancient texts. The Dead Sea Scrolls enrich many areas of biblical research, as well as the study of ancient Jewish, early Christian and other ancient literatures, languages, and cultures.

For registration please contact Dara Fischer at dara.fischer@univie.ac.at.
For the entire program please click here


January 2-4, 2008
The Center for the Study of Christianity

You are cordially invited to the Eighth Annual Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Lecture
Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini, SJ will lecture on:
What is the Meaning of “Intercession”?

De Botton Auditorium, Konrad Adenauer Conference Centre Mishkenot Sha’ananim
For more information click here
For the entire program please click here


2007




November 4-7 2007- The Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem

Digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Click here for more information


October 11-13, 2007 - Trinity Western University

Symposium 2007: the Dead Sea Scrolls
For the entire program please click here



29 October – 1 November 2007 - University of Birmingham, UK

The Dead Sea Scrolls Texts and Context
The aim of this conference is to offer a critical interdisciplinary reassessment of the relationship of the texts to each other, to the Qumran site and the wider ancient Jewish context. For more information please contact: Dr. Charlotte Hempel at c.hempel@bham.ac.uk
Please click here for the conference program.
Please click here for booking information or booking form .
Postgraduate funding available; for information click here.


1-3 Nov 2007 - Qumran and Archaeology, Schwerte, Germany

For more informations please on the following link:
http://www.akademie-schwerte.de/programm/programm/TA11010000_3.html
For the entire program please click here
http://www.i-basis.de/dp/ansicht/kunden/generalvikariat/medien/anhaenge/k1_m6851.pdf


Past Conferences 2007




September 9, 2007, Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall - Emory University, Atlanta

The Temple Scroll in Context: Early Judaism and the Conflict over Sacred Space,
Panel discussion, Sunday, September 9 at 2:00pm at the Emory University Carlos Museum, featuring Carol Newsom (Emory University), James VanderKam (Notre Dame University), and Lawrence Schiffman (New York University).
For more information, please click here


July 9-11, 2007, in Camaldoli, Italy

The Fourth [International] "Enoch Seminar" "Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees." For more information, please contact: Gabriele Boccaccini
For the entire program please click here


2007 Meeting, International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament

The International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament announces the program for its 19th Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 12-20, 2007.
For details click this link: http://www.iosot2007.si/temp/



International Organization for Qumran Studies
Sixth Meeting
LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
July 16–18, 2007

The topic of this 6th IOQS Meeting is:
Qumran Cave 1 Revisited:
Reconsidering the Cave 1 Texts Sixty Years after Their Discovery
For details click this link: http://www.iosot2007.si/temp/



June 25–27, 2007
Department of the History of the Jewish People
The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies

Jewish Identities in Antiquity:
Permutations and Transformations

International Conference in Memory of Professor Menahem Stern
For the entire program please click here
For the program in English please click here


Wednesday, June 6, 2007- The Scholion Center

The Scholion Center for Research in Jewish Studies presents

Dr. Eyal Regev, Bar Ilan University:
“Mikvaot Before and After the Destruction of the Temple” (in Hebrew)

12:30 p.m., The Rabin Building, Room 1001, The Hebrew University , Mt. Scopus , ISRAEL

Please click here in order to read material regarding the Conference in English
and in Hebrew




4-6 June – International Conference
Beig Belgia (Givat Ram Campus), Monastery of St James, (Old City, Jerusalem), The Kenyon Institute (Jerusalem)

The Centre for Literary Studies (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) has pleasure in inviting you to a three-day international conference, After the Apocalypse: The Nachleben of Apocalyptic Literature in the Armenian Tradition. The conference will explore the Armenian apocalyptic tradition and its interrelations with other apocalyptic traditions in the Levant and the Byzantine Commonwealth.

The conference will take place between 4 and 6 June 2007. The first day of the conference will be held at the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the second day will take place at the Armenian Monastery of St James in the Old City of Jerusalem and the final day at the Kenyon Institute, Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

Subjects covered will include apocalyptic traditions in the Armenian epic, historical apocalypticism and prophetic literature in Armenia, the reception of biblical and extra-biblical apocalypses in Armenia, Byzantium, the Orthodox Slavonic world, etc. The lectures will be delivered by local scholars and visiting scholars from Armenia, USA, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.

For further directions please call or email the Kenyon Institute.

The Kenyon Institute
(incorporating The British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem) Council for British Research in the Levant
Mount of Olives Road 15
P.O.Box 19283
Sheikh Jarrah
91192 Jerusalem
Telephone: +972 (0) 2 5828101
Fax: +972 (0) 2 5323844
kenyon@cbrl.org.uk




GIA, Graduate Interdisciplinary Approaches
to the Biblical World annual symposium
23-25 February 2007,
Trinity College Dublin,
Ireland.

The symposium is open to all current master and doctoral students in biblical studies and cognate fields.
For more information, please contact mcaleek@tcd.ie



New Edition of Copper Scroll Celebrated!
Le Rouleau de cuivre de la grotte 3 de Qumran (3Q15)
Expertise - Restauration - Epigraphie

par

Daniel BRIZEMEURE, Noel LACOUDRE et Emile PUECH.
Sous la direction de Jean-Michel POFFET, directeur de l’Eco


2006 Conferences


August 6–9, 2006, Piliscsaba/Budapest

2006 European Association of Biblical Studies Meeting
For details, please see: http://www.shef.ac.uk/bibs/eabs1/conference.htm


31 July – 2 August 2006, King's College, London

King's College London, University of London - Call for papers
A Question of Sex?
Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible


Keynote speakers
Professor Tal Ilan, Institut fu Judaistik, Freie Universitat, Berlin
Professor Carol Meyers, Duke University
Dr Deborah F Sawyer, Lancaster University

Research sessions:
  • Gender differentials in Biblical law and ritual
  • Ethnological/Anthropological approaches to gender in the Hebrew Bible and the A.N.E.
  • Post-Biblical development of concepts of gender (within the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and the Dead Sea Scrolls)

In addition, a number of short papers will be given, and there will be a guided tour of the recently refurbished Maughan Library.

For further information please contact
Dr D Rooke, Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Telephone 020-7848-2393
Email deborah.rooke@kcl.ac.uk
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

Please follow this link to view the provisional program and the application form:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ip/moiralangston/News.html


July 2-6, 2006, Edinburgh Scotland.

2006 Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting
http://www.sbl-site.org/congresses/Congresses_InternationalMeeting.aspx?MeetingId=10
To see the call for papers, please click this link: http://www.sbl-site.org/congresses/Congresses_CallForPapers.aspx?MeetingId=10


May-June, 2006


The Kenyon Institute
invites you to the second of a series of lectures to be
held at the Kenyon Institute on Tuesdays during May and June 2006.
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Dr Dan Levene
‘Jewish Magic in Late Antiquity: Aramaic Incantations on Bowls and Bones’
Tuesday, 20 June, 5 pm
The lecture will be followed by light refreshments.
In his lecture (which will be highly illustrated) Dr Levene will discuss in detail the varied use of magic bowls in Late Antiquity. He will give examples of the type of incantation found on these amulets and also show some of the more unusual and less known manifestations of these incantations on exotic and rare materials. Dr Dan Levene earned his PhD from University College London for his work on Late Antique Jewish magical texts in Aramaic. He is currently a lecturer in Jewish History and Culture at the Parkes Institute for Jewish-non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton in the UK. His publications include A Corpus of Magic Bowls: Incantation Texts in Jewish Aramaic from Late Antiquity, London, Kegan Paul, 2003.

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Professor Dan Bahat
‘The Two Temple Mounts and Four Temples: A Reassessment’.
Tuesday, 23 May at 5 pm
The lecture will be followed by light refreshments.

Professor Dan Bahat earned his MA and PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Formerly the official archaeologist of the city of Jerusalem and a field director of the Masada excavations, he is currently Professor of Biblical Archaeology at the University of Toronto, Canada.



The Kenyon Institute (incorporating the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem) Council for British Research in the Levant
15 Mount of Olives Road, Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem
Telephone: 02 582 8101
Email: kenyon@cbrl.org.uk
Directions available on request
Refreshments after the lecture




21 May, 2006

The Department of Classics
and
The Center for the Study of Christianity

invite you to a
colloquium marking the publication of
The Legend of the Septuagint. From Classical Antiquity to Today
by Abraham and David J. Wasserstein

(Cambridge University Press 2006)
The Greek Bible:
Translation, Transmission and Trajectories
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Maiersdorf Faculty Club (Room 505)
To read the program, please click here



7-8 May, 2006


The Fifth Haifa Workshop for Qumran Studies
will take place at the University of Haifa

the 7th-8th May, 2006
In order to read the program in Hebrew Please click here




May 2-4, 2006, University of Michigan

The First "Enoch Seminar, Jr," for PhD Students only: "A New Generation of Enochic Studies"
chaired by James C. VanderKam and Gabriele Boccaccini.
For more information, please contact:Gabriele Boccaccini


March 27 and 29, 2006

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Department of Bible Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
To read the invitation in Hebrew, please click here


The Deichmann Program for Jewish and Christian Literature of the Hellenistic-Roman Era
Deichmann Annual Lecture Series
We are pleased to invite you to the third lecture series
The Image of Man in the Letters of the Apostle Paul

By
Professor Friedrich Avemarie
Philipps University of Marburg

Monday and Wednesday, 27 and 29 March 2006
Lecture Hall B, Zlotowski Student Center

Opening session
Monday, 27 March

9:45: Reception
10:15: Greetings
Opening Lecture
Paul, a Christian Pharisee

Second Lecture
The Natural Humankind's Enslavement to Sin
Monday, 27 March, at 14:15

Third Lecture
First and Second Adam: Representations of Deliverance from Sin and Death
Wednesday, 29 March, at 10:15

Fourth Lecture
New Life in a Vanishing World: Foundations of Christian Ethics
Wednesday, 29 March, at 14:15




March 8, 2006

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Faculty of Humanities Department of Classics

The department of Classics is pleased to invite you to its coming seminar.
On Wednesday 8/3/06, at 18:00

Dr. Daniel Stoekl Ben-Ezra
will lecture on
Qumran—Two Libraries?
Paleography and Statistics

The Session will Take Place in room 5411 on Mount Scopus (Dean's Meeting Hall)



March 5-6, 2006

Reading Between the Lines
Scripture and Community in the Dead Sea Scrolls

McKenna Hall Auditorium, University of Notre Dame- To read the program, please click here


February 12-13, 2006

Australian Association of Jewish Studies
18th Annual Conference
"Women in Judaism"
University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia


International Colloquium
JUDAISM IN ARABIA,
FROM THE ORIGINS TO THE RISE OF ISLAM
Jerusalem, Mishkenot Shaananim, Fostel Hall
5-7 FEBRUARY 2006



Organized by
Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem
Laboratoire des Études Sémitiques Anciennes, Paris (CNRS, Collège de France et Université Paris IV) Institut de Recherches sur l¹Études des Religions, Paris (Université Paris IV)
Institut d¹Études et de Recherches sur le Monde arabe et Musulman, Aix-en-Provence (CNRS, Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille III)
Ben Zvi Institute (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

under the auspices of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

Since about thirty years, the archaeology of Ancient Arabia ­ from the borders of Jordan to the shores of the Indian Ocean ­ has been enriched by all kinds of new discoveries : cities with huge surrounding walls, stone monuments, and a very large number of texts.
With these discoveries, itbecomes now possible to write a history of Preislamic Arabia and to connect it with that of the Near East and of the Eastern Mediterranean basin.
One of the periods for which the new findings have consequences far beyond the confines of Arabia is the Late Antiquity (IVth century-beginning of the VIIth century).
This period is essential to understand the genesis of Islam.
According to historians of the rise of Islam, the inhabitants of Arabia were poor, isolated, refractory to the use of writing and without a stable political organization.
The small sedentary population of the oasis was dominated by the pastoral nomads of the desert.
Some studies of the Coran and primitive Islam also conclude that Arabia was not the real craddle of the new religion.
These assertions are now contradicted by the most recent researches.
They show that Arabia was not an isolated area and that relatively stable political structures existed in the South of the Peninsula.

The Conference aims to investigate this pivotal period and the associated problems.
It will focus on the religious situation in Arabia and the regional context during the few centuries preceding the rise of Islam.
As it is now established that Judaism occupied a dominant position in the Kingdom of Himyar (i.e., Yemen and neighbouring areas) and in part of Western Arabia, the Conference will first endeavour to define the origins and development of this Arabic Judaism, and its links with the rest of the Jewish World.
A second goal of the Conference will be to show that Islam was the heir of a long religious tradition in Arabia itself, which explains rather well its most ancient characteristics.

The Conference will gather scholars from various disciplines (archaeology, philology, history, history of religions) and of three academic fields : Ancient Arabia, Ancient Middle East and the origins of Islam. They are mainly Israeli and French, but also American, English and Italian.

PROGRAM

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY

First Session
9.00 Welcome address, by Pierre de MIROSCHEDJI (director of the French Research Center in Jerusalem).
9.15 Introduction, by Christian ROBIN (director of the UMR 8167 ³Orient et Méditerranée², CNRS, Paris IV, Collège de France and EPHE, member of the Institut de France).
10.00 Coffee break.

Second Session. Chair: Myriam FRENKEL

10.15 Ronny REICH (University of Haifa) : The necropolis of Beth Shearim.
11.15 Yosef TOBI (University of Haifa) : The mikrâb of Hasî (inscription MAFRAY-Hasî 1).
12.15 Maria GOREA (University of Paris VIII) : Les mishmarôt de l'inscription de Bayt Hâdir réexaminées.
13.15 Lunch.

Third Session. Chair: Gerald R. HAWTING

14.30 Shaul SHAKED (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) : The inscription of ŒEn ŒAvdat, a summary.
15.15 Zeev RUBIN (University of Tel Aviv) : From the Rabbanat at the court of Sharahbi¹îl Yakkuf to the Tiberian Priests at the Court of Yûsuf As¹ar Yath¹ar.
16.15 Guy STROUMSA (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) : False prophet and false messiah in the seventh century : Jewish and Christian traditions.
17.15 Coffee break.

Fourth Session. Chair: Shaul SHAKED

17.30 Paul YULE (University of Heidelberg) : On the end of the preislamic period : archaeological evidence.
18.30 Madeleine SCOPELLO (CNRS) : Mani et Muhammad, prophètes et envoyés : une rencontre de traditions.

MONDAY 6 FEBRUARY

First Session. Chair: Sergio NOJA NOSEDA

8.30 Françoise BRIQUEL-CHATONNET (CNRS) : Chrétiens d'Arabie : les sources syriaques.
9.30 José COSTA (University of Paris III) : L'Arabie dans le Talmud.
10.30 Coffee break.

Second Session. Chair: Yosef TOBI
10.45 Sergio NOJA NOSEDA (University of Milan) : Is the enigmatic name of the valley of Tuwâ¹ (XX, 12) a copy of Horev ?
11.45 Michael LECKER (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) : The treasure of the Jews of Medina.
12.45 Lunch.

Third Session. Chair: Michael LECKER
14.00 Gerald R. HAWTING (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) : The concept of prophethood in the Qur¹ân and its possible sources.
15.00 Robert HOYLAND (University of Edinburgh) : The Jews of North-West Arabia.
16.00 Coffee break.

Fourth Session. Chair: Robert HOYLAND
16.15 Alba FEDELI (Fondazione Ferni Noja Noseda, Studi arabo islamici, Lesa, and University of Milan) : Rajab and the sacred months of jâhiliyya : reflection on the verse II, 217 in scriptio inferior of the palimpsest of SanŒâ¹.

TUESDAY 7 FEBRUARY

9.00 Departure for field trip to Beth Shearim.
17.00 Return to Jerusalem
17.30 Concluding session.



January 31, 2006,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
To read the invitation in Hebrew, please click here

Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Is pleased to invite you to a one day conference on
THE WORD of the LORD to EZEKIEL THE PRIEST
Marking the appearance of
The Book of Ezekiel in the Miqra Le-Yisrael Commentary Series
By Professor Rimon Kasher
Which will take place on Tuesday, 2 Shevat, 5766 (31 January, 2006)
In Conference Hall A, Hayim Kreitman Building, Marcus Family Campus

Program
9:30-10:00 Reception
10:00-12:30 Morning Session Prof. Victor Hurowitz, Chairman
Greetings Professor Avishai Henik, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Awarding of Takeji Otsuki Fund scholarship to outstanding student

10:15-10:45 Mr. Shawn Selig Aster, Ben-Gurion University
The Glory of the Lord (Kevod YHWH) in the Book of Ezekiel and its
Mesopotamian Background

10:45-11:15 Dr. Dalit Rom-Shiloni, Hebrew University and Hebrew Union College
Shall you inherit the Land? Ezekiel as the Shaper of Exclusivist Ideology in the Early 6th Century BCE

11:15-11:30 Intermission

11:30-12:00 Dr. Baruch Schwartz, Hebrew University
Ezekiel and the Priestly Source New Connections

12:00-12:30 Mr. Nebo Shimeon Vankin
The Book of Ezekiel and its Relationship to the Deuteronomic Legislation

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-16:15 Afternoon Session, Dr. David Glatt-Gilead, Chairman

14:00-14:30 Prof. Mayer Gruber, Ben-Gurion University
The Language of the Book of Ezekiel in Light of Akkadian

14:30-15:00 Prof. (emeritus) Jacob Milgrom, University of California, Berkley
The Unique Features of Ezekiels Temple From whence?

15:00-15:15 Intermission

15:15-15:45 Prof. Rimon Kasher, Bar-Ilan University
Ezekiel and Apocalypticism in Current Research

15:45-16:18 Prof. (Emeritus) Menahem Haran
The Last Word



January 24, 2006,
Sixth Annual Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Lecture

You are cordially invited to the Sixth Annual
Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Lecture
Professor Joseph Sievers
Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome) and
Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University

will lecture on:

How Irrevocable?
Interpreting Romans 11:29
from the Church Fathers to the Second Vatican Council
Greetings: Professor Steve Kaplan, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Chair: Dr. David Satran, Director of the Center for the Study of Christianity

Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 6:30 p.m.
Maiersdorf Faculty Club, room 405
Mt. Scopus Campus
Reception at 6:00 p.m.



November 19-22, 2005

2005 Annual Meeting
SBL's 125th Anniversary
Philadelphia, PA

11/19/2005
11/22/2005

The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting: showcases the latest in biblical research, fosters collegial contacts, advances research, and focuses on issues of the profession.
The world's largest exhibit of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress. At this combined meeting with the American Academy of Religion, scholars benefit from sessions on religion, philosophy, ethics, and diverse religious traditions.

For more information please visit the updated On-Line Program Book or just visit the SBL Site

Please note that the following unit has been moved to Monday November 21st, 13.00-15.30

The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library: Background, Nature, and Use
11/21/2005
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Washington C - Loews Hotel

The aim of this session is to describe the background and explore the utility of BYU's Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library (DSSEL), edited by Emanuel Tov and to be published by Brill, Fall 2005. The session will be divided into two halves. The first section will address the theoretical background of the DSSEL and introduce the publication. The second section will focus on some illustrations of the use of the DSSEL in applied research.
Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Presiding

I. Introduction and Demonstration
Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
DSSEL: Introduction and Theoretical Background (20 min)

Introducing the Database: Demonstration (40 min)
Break (10 min)

II. Applied Research
Donald Parry, Brigham Young University
Verbal Imperative Variations in Qumran Legal Texts and Other Registers (20 min)

David Seely, Brigham Young University
The Distinctive Terminology of the Sectarian Texts from Qumran: A Comprehensive Survey (20 min)

Dana Pike, Brigham Young University and Andrew C. Skinner, Brigham Young University
Fascinating Phrases on Dead Sea Scroll Fragments: Four Examples (20 min)


May 22-23, 2005

QUMRAN ARCHAEOMETRY MEETING

The Meeting takes place in the framework of "In-situ minimal destructive analysis and testing of museum objects" to be held in Jerusalem, 22 & 23 May 2005.

More detailed information can be found on the web page: http://micro5.mscc.huji.ac.il/~msjan/qumranmeeting.html is At the web, one can find general information and a call for abstracts of the workshop "Bio- and Material Culture of Qumran and the Dead Sea scrolls".

April 18-19, 2005

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP The database of BYU University (CPART, previously known under the name of FARMS), under the general editorship of E. Tov, is nearing completion. It contains all the non-biblical Qumran texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, together with English translations, as included in the revised version of the Dead Sea Scrolls Reader edited by D. W. Parry and E. Tov (first version published by Brill: Leiden, 2004-5). The Qumran texts are arranged in two sequences, both according to their inventory numbers and according to their sequence in the DSSR. Each text fragment is linked individually with a high-resolution image. The Wordcruncher software uses imaginative search possibilities based on the morphological analysis and lemmatization prepared by M. G. Abegg for a module within the Accordance program. The database is scheduled to be released by Brill publishers in the fall of 2005 for a moderate price. At the annual SBL meeting in Philadelphia (November 2005) the program is to be launched officially in a plenary session.

DEVELOPMENT: The encoding of the biblical Qumran texts and the non-Qumran texts is under development, to be used with the above-mentioned software.

WORKSHOPS: BYU plans to hold 2 one-day workshops, both in the BYU Jerusalem Center on Mt. Scopus. During the course of the workshop, participants will be familiarized with the content and structure of the database, its search facilities, and image analysis. Graduate students, young scholars, and established scholars are encouraged to participate. They should bring a PC laptop in which a beta version of the program will be installed which they may keep.

WHO?: The workshop is meant for all scholars who intend working with the Dead Sea Scrolls, either in the original languages or in translation. Bible scholars are also invited to join, as the database for the biblical Qumran texts is under development and the same programs will be used for those texts.

WHEN?: The workshops will take place in Jerusalem on Monday and Tuesday 18 and 19 April (the planned workshop in Tel Aviv has been cancelled). At a later date, similar workshops are to take place in the USA guided by D. W. Parry.

WHERE?: The workshop will be held at the BYU Jerusalem Center on Mt. Scopus which is located opposite the Hebrew University campus at the end of the road from which the bus tunnel and the entrance to the parking lot of the Humanities fork off, at a 15 minute walk from the final stop of buses 4 aleph, 19, and 28. Parking facilities are available. Participants will be met at the front entrance to the center between 12:00 and 13:00 on the days of the workshop, and directed to the workshop room.

COST?: Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Participants in Israel will receive US$ 50 for making their time available. They will also receive a beta version of the program.

PROGRAM: The workshop is to be held from 13.00 until 18.00 The main part of the workshop (demonstration, exercises) will take place between 13.00 and 16.30. Between 16.30 and 18.00 participants are encouraged to conduct their own research on the database, with guidance available. Those who wish may return for a follow-up session in the afternoon of 20 April. Drinks will be provided.

LANGUAGE: The workshop, attended by a BYU programmer and staff members, will be held in English.

PREPARATION: Prospective participants are encouraged to prepare topics and images they would like to examine in the Qumran corpus.

LAPTOPS: Participants will need to bring a PC laptop (not a Macintosh). The operating system needs to be Windows 2000 or above, and the computer needs to have a CD-Rom drive and 100MB of available hard drive space in order to load the software. Those who cannot bring a laptop should register only after the next announcement which will refer to this issue.

REGISTRATION:
Please register with Janice Karnis: karnis@h2.hum.huji.ac.il
When registering, please provide: name, telephone numbers, E-mail, status (graduate student or staff), academic affiliation, info about the laptop, and the day of your preference (18 or 19 April). Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

QUERIES
Queries regarding registration: : karnis@h2.hum.huji.ac.il
Queries regarding technical arrangements relating to the workshop (transportation, which laptop to bring, etc.): kristian_heal@byu.edu
Queries regarding the content of the workshop, incl. special requests for the demonstration: tov@mscc.huji.ac.il


January 24, 2005


The Israel Society of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
is pleased to invite you to its annual conference on the topic of
Education and Wisdom in the Ancient Near East

to be held
Monday, 24 January, 2005 (14 Shebat, 5765)
at Bar-Ilan University
Shimeon and Hannah Feldman International Conference Center (Bldg.301)

Program
9:30 Assembly and light refreshments

10:00 Greetings
Prof. Joshua Schwartz, Dean of the Faculty of Judaic Studies
Prof. Michael Sokoloff, Chairman, Department of Hebrew Language
Prof. Jacob Klein, Chairman, ISAANES Steering Committee

Morning Session Chair, Prof. Hayim Tadmor

10:30 Prof. Nili Szupak, Haifa University
Wisdom in Ancient Egypt and the Bible: The Relationship Between the
Instructions of Amenemope the Egyptian and the Book of Proverbs

11:05 Prof. Victor Hurowitz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
There Were Two Wise Men in Nineveh: Towards the Image of the Wise
Counselor in the Assyrian Royal Court

11:40 Intermission (coffee)

11:55 Dr. Uri Cohen, Tel-Aviv University
Wisdom Literature From Emar: A Survey

12:30 Prof. Itamar Singer, Tel-Aviv University
The Song of Release Wisdom Proverbs in the Bilingual Hurro-Hittite
Text

13:0515:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session Chairman, Prof. Mordechai Cogan

15:00 Prof. Anson Rainey, Tel-Aviv University
New Light on the El-Amarna Letters

15:35 Dr. Nathan Wasserman, The Hebrew University
A New Ritual to Marduk

16:10 Dr. Kathleen Abraham, Bar-Ilan University
Legal Documents with Hebrew Names from the Settlement of Yahuda in
Babylonia During the Persian Period

16:45 Intermission (coffee)

17:00 Betzavata Business Meeting of members of the ISAANES
Chairman, Prof. Jacob Klein
Agenda:
Report on Assyriological Research in Israeli Universities
Discussion and Decision about establishing a society.


December 23, 2004

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
The Department of Classics


Invites you to a lecture by
Professor Simon Goldhill
of Cambridge University
On
The Gods of Literature

The lecture will take place on Thursday 23 December 2004
at 18:00
In room 5411, near the Dean’s office

To read the Hebrew Invitation please click here.


December 22, 2004

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Faculty of the Humanities - The Center for Literary Studies
The Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies


History and Literature: The Ancient Period
V Colloquium

Ut Historia Poesis: The Art of Writing the Past


The Colloquium will take place on Thursday 22 December 2004
at 11:00 - 17:30
The Rabin World Center of Jewish Studies, Room 2001/2, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus

To read the Hebrew Invitation please click here.


December 12-14, 2004

Controversy in Rabbinic Literature: Its Boundaries, Logic, and Hermeneutic Status

Beit Morasha of Jerusalem - Robert M. Beren College
The Institute for the Study of Rabbinic Thought
Invites the public to attend its Seventh Annual Conference


Sunday-Tuesday, December 12-14, 2004
Beit Morasha of Jerusalem
Kiryat Moriah Campus, Talpiot, Jerusalem

To read the English program please click here
Hebrew version (HTML): http://www.geocities.com/okutner/progheb.html
For further details please contact: hazal@bmj.org.il


December 09, 2004

New Developments in the Study of the Books of Maccabees

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
and the Yad Ben Zvi Institute

Invite the public to attend the Conference

December 09, 2004
Yad Ben Zvi
Abarbanel 12, St., Jerusalem

To read the Hebrew invitation please click here

July 27-28, 2004

DEFINING IDENTITIES: WHO IS THE OTHER? WE, YOU, AND THE OTHERS IN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR QUMRAN STUDIES FIFTH MEETING, GRONINGEN NL

The topic of "We, You, and the Others" is intended to explore issues of self-definition of Jewish groups in relation to, or in reaction towards other groups within Judaism ("sectarian" identity, inner-Jewish discourses and polemics), but also to inquire into the development of Jewish identity vis-?-vis other non-Jewish persons, groups or peoples as reflected in the Scrolls. Hopefully, research on this topic will allow us to get a better understanding of the group or groups behind several compositions preserved in the Qumran collection.

Date
The Fifth IOQS meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2004 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Groningen.
Details for registration are available at

http://www.rug.nl/theology/research/sbl/

To read the English program please click here

To read the abstracts of the lectures please click here


June 10


The Department of Comparative Religion
and
The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel

cordially invite you to

The Annual Ceremony Marking

The Sir Sigmund Sternberg Prizes
For Interfaith Understanding
and
The Sternberg Lecture on the Study of Religion

Yossi Klein Halevi
The Shalem Center

will lecture on
Judaism, Christianity, Islam:
Lessons from a Personal Journey


Thursday, June 10, 2004, 10:30 A.M.
Maiersdorf Faculty Club
Mount Scopus Campus

Reception and light refreshments at 10:00
To read the Hebrew invitation please click here

June 13

FILM: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Secrets of the Caves, FREE
Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

This film tells the remarkable story of the discovery and acquisition of the thousands of fragments and manuscripts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Following the films, docents are available in the galleries to answer your questions.


6-7 June, 2004


The Third Haifa Workshop for Qumran Studies
will take place at the University of Haifa

the 6th-7th June, 2004
The Papers (in Hebrew) will be published in the volume MEGHILLOT 3

Program:
Sunday - 6.6.2004
E. Tov, "The Writing of Ancient Scrolls and the Composition of the Biblical Books"
M. Kister, "More about Light in the Qumranic Dualism"
D.Talshir, "The Meaning of the verb 'ns in the Literature of Second Temple period"
A. A. Shemesh, "Midrash of Rules - 4Q251"

Monday - 7.6.2004
J. Ben-Dov, " The Phases of the Moon in the Qumran Calendars - New Evidence "
G. Barzilai, " Monogamy as an ideal in Sapiential Literature, in the Qumran Scrolls and in Rabbinic Literature"
A. Rof?, "Psalms 91:4 at Qumran (11Q11)"
M. Bernstein, "Structure and Interpretation in a collection of Laws from Qumran (4Q159)"
M. Bar-Asher, "Two Phenomena in the Hebrew of Qumran and their Meaning"

All presentations will be in Hebrew, to read the hebrew program please click here

June 02-03,2004

The Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

invites you to

The Thirty-Third Conference of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies

Wednesday, June 2 - Thursday, June 3 ,2004 - Kreitman Building (no. 26), Conference Hall A, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
In order to download the Hebrew Program in a Word format please click here
In order to download the English Program in a Word format please click here
In order to download the Conference Abstracts in a Word format please click here





MAY 20, 2004
University of Tel Aviv


The Lester and Sally Entin-Faculty of Humanities - The School of History- The History Department-Department of Classics

Program celebrating publication of "The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity" by Benjamin Aizik,
with a Lecture "Religion --- The Open Frontier of the Civilizations of Classical Antiquity" by Professor Glen W. Bowersock from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,
NJ The lecture will be in English.
May 20, 2004 - 11:00 - University of Tel Aviv - Ghilman Room 449
To read the Program in Hebrew/English Please Click Here



MAY 18, 2004
Iconoclasm: Jewish, Christian, Muslim

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Lecture will be held by Prof. Glen W. Bowersock (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
May 18, 2004, in the Rabin World Center of Jewish Studies, Room 3001, Hebrew University of Jerusalem at 16:30
To read the Program in Hebrew/English Please Click Here


MAY 16, 2004

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL DISCOURSE IN LATE ANTIQUITY

Center for the Study of Christianity - Hebrew University of Jerusalem


International Workshop, Sunday, May 16, 2004

Beit Maiersdorf, Room 503

Morning Session: Chair: Guy Stroumsa (Jerusalem)
9.00-11.00:
Joerg Ruepke (Erfurt): Changing Relationships of Religion and Politics in the Fourth Century: New Features of Traditional Priesthoods

Antigone Samellas (Athens): Christianity and Imperialism

11.30-13.00:
Winrich Loehr (Hamburg): Civic Theology: Pagan and Christian

David Satran (Jerusalem): Penitence and Power in the Christian Roman Empire

Afternoon Session : Chair: Shaul Shaked
15.00-16.30:
Christoph Markschies (Berlin): Political Dimensions of the Episcopate in the Fourth Century

Arieh Kofsky (Haifa): Severus of Antioch and the Politics of Christology in the Early Sixth Century

17.00-18.30:
Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv): Magic in the Synagogues of Late Antique Palestine

Hannah Cotton (Jerusalem): Language and Power in Legal

Documents from the Roman Near East: the Case of Petra and Nessana

click here to see the program in Hebrew.



MAY 03, 2004

"Sons of Light and Sons of Darkness"
by Reinhold Niebuhr

Sunday, May 03, 2004
19:00 , University of Tel Aviv

To read the Program in Hebrew Please Click Here

MARCH 28, 2004
   

Khirbet Qumran: Its Archaeology, Scrolls and History

Sunday, March 28, 2004
5:00-6:30 pm, Ecole Biblique

The Archaeology, Scrolls, and History of Qumran

Dr. Justin Taylor: "The Breaking of Bread in Antiquity"
Dr. Stephen Pfann: "Pantries and Communal Meals at Qumran and in the New Testament"

All lectures will be in English unless otherwise indicated

For more information call UHL, 645-3570

Co-sponsored by the Ecole biblique et archeologique Francaise, and the University of the Holy Land
************

Past Meeting: Sunday, February 1, 2004
5:00-6:30 pm, Ecole Biblique


The Excavation of Kh. Qumran: New Publications and Advances in Research

Dr. Marcel Sigrist, Moderator
Dr. Stephen Pfann: "The Excavations of Kh. Qumran and Ain Feshkha: Vol. 1b: Revised Edition and English Translation of the Excavation Notes of Roland de Vaux"
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Humbert and Dr. Jan Gunneweg: "Khirbet Qumran et 'Ain Feshkha II, Studies of Anthropology, Physics and Chemistry"

Discussion by various contributors.



Israel Antiquity Authority Programs, 2004


click here to see the list in Hebrew. An English version will soon be available.




APRIL 23-24, 2004

The Seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
(www.mu.edu/maqom)
The Department of Theology of Marquette University

are pleased to invite you to a series of lectures by

JARL FOSSUM

Friday, April 23, 2004 3 pm, Olin Hall (EN 120)
MEDIATOR NOMEN DEI:
Assumptionist and Pre-Existent Christology: The Exalted Servant of the Christ Hymn in Philippians 2 and the Eternal Son of the Logos Hymn in the Johannine Prologue

Saturday, April 24, 2004 10 am, Olin Hall (EN 120)
WOMAN IN THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS (LOGIA 22 AND 114)

Saturday, April 24, 2004 3 pm, Olin Hall (EN 120)
PAYING TAXES TO CAESAR (MARK 12:13-17) AND JEWISH MYSTICISM

Professor Fossum is a major representative of what is sometimes referred to as "the new History of Religions School." He is the author of a classic study on The Name of God and the Angel of the Lord: Samaritan and Jewish Mediation Concepts and the Origin of Gnosticism. Other contributions to the study of traditions that shaped Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity are collected in the volume The Image of the Invisible God: Essays on the Influence of Jewish Mysticism on Early Christology.
All sessions are open to the public and will take place on the campus of Marquette University. For the directions to the campus see: http://www.marquette.edu/pages/home/about/visit/directions
For further information contact Dr. Andrei Orlov, Marquette University Theology Department,
P.O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI USA 52201-1881, andrei.orlov@mu.edu




MARCH 22-24, 2004
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

The Department of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Cordially invites you to Deichmann Annual Lecture Series
How Did Jesus Become a God
by Professor Larry Hurtado (University of Edinburg)
Monday-Wednesday, 22-24 March, 2004

To see the Program flayer please click here



MARCH 25, 2004

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
The Departments of Classics and History

would like to invite you to
A Colloquium
to mark the publication of the late Professor David Asheri's
A Possession for All Time:
Greek Historians and History Writing in Greece and Rome

(in Hebrew with a foreword by Oswyn Murray, edited by Dwora Gilula, Magnes Press, Jerusalem 2004)

will be held on Thursday 25 March 2004
from 16:00 to 19:00
in room 503 at Beit Maiersdorf on Mt. Scopus


Dwora Gilula (Hebrew University):
The contribution of David Asheri to the study of Greek historiography

David Schaps (Bar Ilan):
The silences of the preambles of the major historians

Benjamin Isaac (Tel Aviv):
Greek attitudes towards Persia after Salamis"

Coffee break

Margalit Finkelberg (Tel Aviv):
'Forced marriage': From historiographic topos to social practice

Ephraim David (Haifa):
The growth of a political myth in Greek historiography: Lykourgos the lawgiver

Alexander Yakobson (Hebrew University):
Is political freedom viable in the East? Herodotus, the Persians and democracy



MARCH 25, 2004

Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins
an Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar
in its forty-first year under the auspices of The University of Pennsylvania
Department of Religious Studies
201 Logan Hall, Philadelphia PA 19104

"The Watchers and Giants in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions"
Annette Reed, McMaster University

"Parabiblical Traditions with Connections to Magic — Solomon"
Sarah Schwarz, University of Pennsylvania

THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE 2003-04 YEAR will be held on Thursday, 25 March 2004, from 7-9 pm at Princeton University of Pennsylvania. For some backgrounding on the topic (which is a continuation of the previous year's topic), see the PSCO web page for the topic and especially Kraft's Introduction to Parabiblical Literature (with links to electronic versions of M. R. James' Lost Apocrypha and similar materials with early Christian focus).
More details will follow as soon as they are available.


FEBRUARY 2, 2004

Ekron of the Philistines: A Case Study in Acculturation

The Science and Antiquities Group is pleased to announce, and invite you to attend, the following lecture: Ekron of the Philistines: A Case Study in Acculturation
given by:
Dr. Sy Gitin, Director
W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
Place: Bergman Lecture Hall (Across from Akadamon in the Student Union Building on the Ein Kerem Campus of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Time: 10:30 AM, 2nd February, 2004
We hope to see you at this lecture.
Azriel Gorski



DECEMBER 23, 2003-AND -JANUARY 6, 2004

Bar Ilan University

Tuesday 23.12.03--Bar Ilan University
Department Seminar Room, Moreshet Israel 502 / 3 room 51
Mr. Samuel Rocca - "Herod's court as the last Hellenistic court"

Tuesday 6.1.04--Bar Ilan University
Department Seminar Room, Moreshet Israel 502 / 3 room 51
Dr. Gideon Bohak, Tel Aviv University - "How much Greek influence was there in Jewish magic?"


DECEMBER 21-24, 2003

The Institute for the Study of Rabbinic Thought at

The Robert M. Beren College - Beit Morasha of Jerusalem
Invites the public to the Sixth Annual Conference:

"Polemics in Rabbinic Thought"

December 21-24, 2003, Kiryat Moriah Campus, Jerusalem

To read the Conferences Program Please click here


NOVEMBER 2, 2003

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Department of Classics

invites you to a lecture by
Professor Ian Rutherford
of Florida State University and University of Reading
on
Festival, Pilgrimage and Identity:
Theoria and Hellenicity in the Hellenistic World
The lecture will be on Sunday 2 November 2003
at 16:30
in room 5411, near the Dean's office




Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

The Department of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Cordially invites you to a conference on
ISRAEL AND ITS LAND - INSCRIPTIONS AND HISTORY
In Honor of PROFESSOR SHMUEL AHITUV
On the Occasion of his Retirement
To be held on
Tuesday, 10 June, 2003 (10 Sivan, 5763)
In the Samuel and Matilda Ayerton University Center, W. A. Minkoff Senate Hall
Program

Morning Session 10:00-13:00
Professor Zipi Talshir, Ben Gurion University, Chairperson

Greetings and Appreciation -
Prof. Jimmy Weinblatt, Rector
Prof. Avishai Henik, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ms Levanah Alush, Head of Personnel Division, Senior Academic Staff

Prof. Eliezer Oren, Ben-Gurion University
"From I Samuel in Jerusalem to Jeremiah in Egypt"

Speakers
Prof. Hanan Eshel, Bar-Ilan University: "The Temple Scroll: 25 Years After"
Dr. Aharon Shemesh, Bar-Ilan University: "Jerusalem of the Temple Scroll"

Lectures
Prof. Israel Eph`al, Hebrew University
Assyrian Imperial Policy in Light of Non-literary Documents Relating to the Levant

Dr. Danel Kahan, Ben-Gurion University
The Prayer of Terhaqah and the Fall of Lower Egypt to Assyria

Prof. Anson Rainey, University of Tel-Aviv
Sinuhe the Egyptian in the Company of Soldiers

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-17:00 Afternoon Session
Prof. Victor Hurowitz, Ben Gurion University, Chairman

Lectures
Mr. Daniel Vainstub, Ben-Gurion University
"So the no one might consign his son or his daughter to Molech"

Prof. Gabriel Barkay, Bar-Ilan University
The Silver Amulets from Ketef Hinnom - New Research

Prof. Nadav Na'aman, University of Tel-Aviv
Reexamining the Mesha Stela in Light of Questions Raised in Recent Scholarship

Prof. Shmuel Ahituv, Ben Gurion University
A New Moabite Inscription

For Further Details Contact
Prof. Victor Hurowitz
Dept. of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva

972-8-6461036
victor@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
To see the Conference details in Hebrew Please click here


The Institute for the Study of Rabbinic Thought at
The Robert M. Beren College - Beit Morasha of Jerusalem
Invites the public to a symposium:
"Impurity, Sin and Punishment in Ancient Judaism"
June 19th, 2003, Kiryat Moriah Campus, Jerusalem, at 7:30 pm.


The event will honor two recent publications: "Impurity and Sin in Ancient
Judaism" (Oxford University Press, 2000), by Prof. Jonathan Klawans (Boston
University), and "Punishments and Sins: From Scripture to the Rabbis"
[Hebrew] (Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2003), by Dr. Aharon Shemesh
(Bar-Ilan University and Shalom Hartman Institute).

Program: Reviews by Prof. Albert Baumgarten (Bar-Ilan University), Prof.
Moshe David Herr (Hebrew University), Dr. Baruch Schwartz (Hebrew University), and Dr. Haim Shapira (Bar-Ilan University and Shalom Hartman Institute), followed by the authors' responses and discussion. Chair: Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Beit Morasha).

For further details: hazal@bmj.org.il.

EPIGRAPHY AND BEYOND: CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC CHANGE IN THE NEAR EAST FROM HELLENISM TO ISLAM 29 June – 3 July 2003

All sessions are open to the public and will take place at the Institute for Advanced Studies on the Giv‘at Ram Campus of the Hebrew University

Sunday 29 June 2003
First Session 18:00 – 20:30
19:15 Opening Lecture: Werner Eck (University of Cologne)
The presence, role and significance of Latin in the epigraphy and culture of the Roman Near East

Monday 30 June 2003
(Trip to the ‘Nabataean’ cities of the Negev for conference lecturers and guests only)

Tuesday 1 July 2003
Second Session 9:30 – 11:00
Benjamin Isaac (Tel Aviv University)
Latin as the language of empire in cities of the Near East
Hanswulf Bloedhorn (German Protestant Institute of Archaeology, Jerusalem)
Latin inscriptions of Aelia Capitolina

Coffee Break

Third Session 11:30 – 13:00
Joseph Sievers (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome)
Consuls, procurators, liberti and other Latin creatures in Greek garb: a look at Josephus
Jonathan Price (Tel Aviv University) and Shlomo Naeh (Hebrew University)
Transliteration as a cultural phenomenon in the Roman Near East

Fourth Session 15:00 – 16:30
Marijana Ricl (University of Belgrade)
Legal and social status of threptoi and related categories in literary and documentary sources
Catherine Hezser (Trinity College, Dublin)
Threptoi in Jewish inscriptions from the Diaspora and the Land of Israel

Coffee Break

Fifth Session 17:00 – 18:30
Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv University)
The Jewish magical tradition from late antique Palestine to the Cairo Genizah
Yuval Rotman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The eunuch in the Roman empire: a social problem of gender, ethnicity and religion

Wednesday 2 July 2003
Sixth Session 9:30 – 11:00
Angelos Chaniotis (University of Heidelberg)
The epigraphy of sin, theodicy and confession in the Roman East
Response: Marijana Ricl (University of Belgrade)

Coffee Break

Seventh Session 11:30 – 13:00
Joannis Mylonopoulos (University of Heidelberg)
The dynamics of religious space in the Hellenistic and Roman periods
Nicole Belayche (Ecole pratique des hautes ?tudes, Paris)
The impact of Rome on paganisms in Palestine (second to fourth centuries)
Eighth Session 15:00 – 16:30

Seth Schwartz (Jewish Theological Seminary, New York)
Reflections on language, power and identity in ancient Palestine
Walter Ameling (University of Jena)
Cultural interaction in inscriptions from Asia Minor

Coffee Break

Ninth Session 17:00 – 18:30
Yannis Meimaris (Fondation Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)
The contribution of the inscriptions from Ghor es-Safi
Leah Di Segni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Greek inscriptions in transition from the Byzantine to the early Islamic period

Thursday 3 July 2003
Tenth Session 9:30 – 11:00
Dan Barag (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Samaritan writing and writings
Hagai Misgav (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Inscriptions from Mount Gerizim

Coffee Break

Eleventh Session 11:30 – 13:00
Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Social, economic and onomastic issues in the Aramaic ostraca of the 4th century BCE
David Graf (University of Miami)
Nabataea: Continuity and change in a pluralistic culture

Twelfth Session 15:00 – 16:30
Axel Knauf (University of Bern)
Through the Nabataean bottleneck: from Ancient North Arabian to Early Standard Arabic, 600 BCE - 600 CE
Robert Hoyland (Oxford University)
Arab kings and ethnic identities in late antique inscriptions

Coffee Break

Thirteenth Session 17:00 – 18:30
Hannah M. Cotton
Petra Papyri
David J. Wasserstein (Tel Aviv University)
Nessana Papyri
Concluding Remarks


Haifa Seminar on the Dead Sea Scrolls research
May 11-12, 2003

Program
Sunday, May 11, 2003, 16:00 p.m. - 20:00 p. m.
Reuven and Edit Hecht Museum
Main building

Monday, May 12, 2003, 10:00 a.m. - 13:05 p. m.
Senate Hall- 29 floor
Eshkol building

The Jewish Cathedra on the ancient world in memory of George and Florence Weiss
For further details please call 04-8249044

MARCH 2003

  • The New Research into the Dead Sea Scrolls : A Conference presented by The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, The Center for Ancient Studies, The Religious Studies Program of New York University and Brill Academic Publishers. March 3, 2003, New York University.(Posted 17 Feb 2003)

The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies The Center for Ancient Studies The Religious Studies Program of New York University and Brill Academic Publishers are pleased to present:

"New Research into the Dead Sea Scrolls"


March 3, 2003 4:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Hemmerdinger Hall
100 Washington Square East. 1st Floor

Chair, Mark S. Smith
New York University

James C. VanderKam
University of Notre Dame
"Israel at Sinai and the Community of the Scrolls"

Moshe J. Bernstein
Yeshiva University
"The Genesis Apocryphon: Some 'New' Questions About an 'Old' Text"

George J. Brooke
University of Manchester
"The Rewritten Bible Texts and Issues of Canon"

Lawrence H. Schiffman
New York University
"Codification of Jewish Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls"

Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Shayne Figueroa at (212)
998-8980 or via email at SLF1@nyu.edu by Friday, February 28, 2003.

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THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM

A one day conference on Wisdom Literature in Ancient Israel and Neighboring Cultures
Sunday, 12 January, 2003 (9 Shevat, 5763) The Department of Bible and Ancient Near-Eastern Studies
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva, Israel


Speakers:
Dr. Tova Forti, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Michael Fox, University of Wisconsin
Prof. Ed Greenstein, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Galit Hasan-Roqem, Hebrew University
Prof. Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Ben Gurion University
Dr. Nili Shupak, Haifa University
Dr. Shamir Yona, Ben Gurion University


Details will be provided as preparations proceed For additional information contact:
Prof. Victor Avigdor Hurowitz victor@bgumail.bgu.ac.il 097-8-6461036


JANUARY 2002

  • Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins.
    Topic 2000-2001:
    The Wild Wild West: Religious and Societal Transformations on the North African Frontier
    The Ways that Never Parted: Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. January 9-11, 2002, Princeton University.


    APRIL 2002

  • Third International Congress on the Archeology of the Ancient Near East , 15-19th April 2002, Paris, France.

  • Studies of Judah and Samaria 12th meeting, 25th April, 2002, Israel



JULY 2002


JANUARY 2003

PHILADELPHIA SEMINAR ON CHRISTIAN ORIGINS
in its 39th year
an Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar
under the auspices of the
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Department of Religious Studies
201 Logan Hall
with support from
the Penn Humanities Forum

TOPIC FOR 2001-2002:

How Do Martyrdoms Take Place?


What role does location, considered in the broadest sense, play in the accounts of martyrdoms with which we deal?

Chairperson:
Sigrid Peterson (University of Pennsylvania)
petersig@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

Secretary:
T.J.Wellman (University of Pennsylvania)
twellman@sas.upenn.edu

Coordinator:
Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania)
kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

THE THIRD MEETING OF 2001-02 will be held on Thursday, January 17th,from 7-9 pm in the Lounge on the second floor of Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Persons wishing to dine with other participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Logan Hall (southeast of Locust Walk and 36th Street Walk) or go directly to the Food Court in the basement of Houston Hall (just east of Logan, along Spruce Street), where a variety of food choices is available at reasonable prices.

PROGRAM: "Locating the Roots of Martyrdom: The Stoic Paradigm" Howard Clark Kee, Boston University School of Theology

Suggested Reading: Fourth Maccabees

For detailed directions to the meetings and for further information, visit the PSCO web site:

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/psco/

[For other activities sponsored by the Penn Humanities Forum, see http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu ]


THE BIBLE AND BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION AT QUMRAN

Saturday, February 10, 2001 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p. m.
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall 1055 Rice University

Program

9:00-9:30
Welcome and Introduction, with Slides - Matthias Henze

9:30 - 10:15
John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School
"Interpretations of the Creation of Humankind"

10:15 - 11:00
James C. VanderKam, University of Notre Dame
"Sinai Revisited: The Qumran Community and Its Scriptural Model"

11:00 - 11:15 Short Break

11:15 - 12:00
Gary A. Anderson, Harvard Divinity School
"Israel's Exile in the Dead Sea Scrolls"

12:00 - 1:15 Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:00
Peter W. Flint, Trinity Western University
"The Prophet David at Qumran"

2:00 - 2:30
Matthias Henze, Rice University
"The Offering of the Lips: The Psalms at Qumran"

2:30 - 3:00
Joined Discussion

For further information, contact:
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~scrolls/

Or write to: Matthias Henze
Department of Religious Studies
MS15, Rice University
P. O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892,
Phone: 713-348-2754



THE WAYS THAT NEVER PARTED: JEWS AND CHRISTIANS
IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES.

January 9-11, 2002, Princeton. University

http://www.princeton.edu/~religion/ways/.
Recent scholarship has increasingly questioned the assumption that Judaism and Christianity were shaped by a definitive "Parting of the Ways" after which these two religions followed separate trajectories. According to the traditional model, Judaism and Christianity decisively institutionalized their differences after the Bar Kokhba Revolt (135 CE); thereafter, the two religions developed in relative isolation from one another, interacting mainly through polemical conflict and mutual misperception. Our evidence, however, suggests a more complex reality, in which the boundaries of religious identity was often less clear and in which the developments in both traditions were shaped by their shared cultural contexts. In response, many scholars have attempted to explore new models for understanding the relationship between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. By acknowledging that neither tradition was monolithic, they have been able to highlight the fascinating diversity of belief and practice that continued to characterize both traditions, illuminating the diverse spectrum that stretched between their respective “orthodoxies.”

This research has also catalyzed important discussions about broader issues, such as the shortcomings of scholarly categorization, the persistence of theological biases, and the challenge of using textual evidence to reconstruct social realities. The traditional model had privileged internal developments within each tradition as more authentic and, in the process, tacitly reasserted the intractability of the ideological and social boundaries between Judaism and Christianity. In contrast, recent discussions have highlighted the powerful ambivalence that often underlies efforts at negotiating religious difference and have exposed the problematic nature of any notion of "influence" that only acknowledges the delimited exchange of ideas between two otherwise discrete entities.

Throughout the fall semester 2001, faculty and graduate students in the Religions of Late Antiquity subfield of the Princeton University Department of Religion have met bi-weekly to discuss papers on these issues. As part of the "Culture and Religions of the Eastern Mediterranean" project of the Oxford-Princeton Research Partnership, a parallel seminar has been held by Simon Price and Martin Goodman at Oxford University. The joint Colloquium at Princeton represents the culmination of our on-going discussions on this topic and will include participants from both universities, together with invited speakers.

PARTICIPANTS
Ra’anan Abusch (Princeton University)
Adam Becker (Princeton University)
Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley)
Averil Cameron (Oxford University)
Paula Fredriksen (Boston University)
John Gager (Princeton University)
E. Leigh Gibson (Oberlin College)
Martin Goodman (Oxford University)
Fritz Graf (Princeton University)
Martha Himmelfarb (Princeton University)
Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania)
David Frankfurter (University of New Hampshire)
Naomi Koltun-Fromm (Haverford College)
Elaine Pagels (Princeton University)
Simon Price (Oxford University)
Annette Yoshiko Reed (Princeton University)
Alison Salvesen (Oxford University)
Peter Schäfer (Princeton University)
David Stern (University of Pennsylvania)
Daniel Stökl (visiting, Princeton University)
Amram Tropper (Oxford University)
Elliot Wolfson (New York University)

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Adam Becker (ahbecker@princeton.edu ) or Annette Yoshiko Reed (areed@princeton.edu ).

For more information about the Oxford-Princeton Research Partnership's "Culture and Religions of the Eastern Mediterranean" project, see: http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/faculty/oxprinceton.html.


APRIL 2002



THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
ON THE ARCHEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST

15-19th April 2002
Paris, France.

More information can be obtained from the congress web site: http://3ICAANE.univ-paris1.fr

It is possible to register via e-mail at: 3icaane@mae.u-paris10.fr

Or via snail-mail at:
Secretariat of 3ICAANE
Maison de l'archeologie et de l'ethnologie
Boote 14
12, alle de l'Universite
92023 Nanterre cedex
France
Tel.: 33 (0)1 46 69 24 90
Fax : 33 (0)1 46 69 24 86


MAY 2002


HISTORICAL SOCIETY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
16-18 May 2002
Atlanta, Georgia.


The Historical Society is having its next national conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from May 16 to 18, 2002. The program includes one panel on classical Greece, two on the ancient Near East, and one panel partly about Greece after WWII.

The panel "Reconstructions in Classical Greece" includes papers by John Hale, University of Louisville ("Athens after the Persian Wars"), Victor Davis Hanson, Fresno State ("Thebes after the Spartan Occupation"), Barry Strauss, Cornell ("Athens after the Peloponnesian War"), with Donald Yerxa as moderator and Loren J. Samons, II, as respondent.

The roundtable "Reconstructions, Restorations, and the Writing of History of the Ancient Near East" features Mark Chavalas, Univ. of Wisconsin, La Cross ("Towards a Reconstruction of the History of Inland Syria: The Khana Kingdom in the Late Bronze Age"), Steven Garfinkle, Western Washington University ("Collapse or Continuity? The Periodization of the Early History of the Ancient Near East"), Andrew Gross, NYU ("A People of the Book: Reconstructing National Identity in Ancient Israel"), Philip Jones, Penn ("From Divine King to Royal God: Re-imagining Community in Ancient Mesopotamia"), Seth Richardson, Columbia University ("Babylon, Desaparecida: The Murky End of a Famous Kingdom"), John Robertson, Central Michigan University ("On Monkey's Faces and Coming in Waves: Nomads and 'Barbarians' in Structuring the Modern Historiography of the Ancient Near East"), and Daniel Snell, University of Oklahoma ("Deconstructions and Reconstructions: A Typology"), with Paul Rahe as moderator.

The panel "The Reconstruction of Jewish Communities during and after the Babylonian Captivity" features papers by David Weisberg, Hebrew Union College ("The Reconstruction of Jewish Communities during the Persian Era") and Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University ("The Reconstruction of Jewish Communities during the Neo-Babylonian Era"), with Yamauchi as moderator and Kevin L. Spawn as respondent.

The paper on modern Greece is by Gerasimos Augustinos, University of South Carolina, and is entitled "Ravaged Space, Splintered Convictions: Re-Constructing Greece after World War II"

For more information go to the Historical Society's homepage: http://www.bu.edu/historic.
The full program is at: http://www.bu.edu/historic/conference.html

George Pesely
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville
Tennessee
Email: peselyg@apsu.edu

JUNE 2002


ON THE BOUNDARY LINE BETWEEN TEXT AND LITERARY CRITICISM

(in the presence of Professor Alexander Rofe)
10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday, 16 June, 2002
Conference Hall, Kreitman Building
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
Program

Prof. Zippi Talshir, Ben Gurion University
The Connection between Textual and Literary Criticism - What is
Permitted? What is Not?

Prof. Erhard Blum, Faculty of Theology, University of Tuebingen
The Connection between the Books of Genesis and Exodus and the Conclusion of the Book of Joshua

Dr. Tova Forti, Ben Gurion University
Developing Proverbs - Ideational Stratification in the Editions of the Book of Proverbs

Ms Daliah Ammara, Ben Gurion University
The Three Faces of the Book of Daniel - Theological Textual Developments

Prof. Menahem Kister, The Hebrew University
The Editions of the Damascus Covenant

Prof. David Rosenthal, The Hebrew University
Long and Short Readings in the Talmud

Mr. Yitzhaq Danah, Ben Gurion University
The Lives of Plutarch - From Manuscript to the Printed Edition

Prof. Alexander Rofe, The Hebrew University
The Contribution of Literary and Theological History to the Textual Criticism of the Bible

For Additional Details Contact
Prof. Zipi Talshir tel. 972-8-6461035
ztalshir@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Or
Prof. Victor Hurowitz tel. 972-8-6461036
victor@bgumail.bgu.ac.il


JULY 2002



51ST COLLOQUIUM BIBLICUM LOVANIENSE:
APOCALYPTICISM IN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
AND THE BIBLICAL TRADITION

Jul 31st - Aug 2nd, 2002
Leuven, Belgium.

The 51st annual meeting of the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense will be held at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, on July 31 - August 1-2, 2002. The conference will focus on Wisdom and Apoclaypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls, their mutual relationship and their relationship to the biblical Wisdom and Apocalypticism.

The Opening lecture on "Wisdom and Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Biblical Tradition" will be delivered by the President, Florentino Garcia Martinez (Leuven). The preliminary titles of the invited main lectures are:

John J. Collins (Yale): "The Mysteries of God. The category 'mystery' in apocalyptic and sapiential writings." Hainz-Josef Fabry (Bonn): "Die Messiaserwartung in Qumran." Maurice Gilbert (Roma): "Sagesse 3:7-9; 5:15-23 et l' apocalyptique." Dan Harrington (Weston): "Wisdom and Apocalyptic in 4QInstruction and 4 Ezra." Menahm Kister (Jerusalem): "Wisdom Attainable and Unattainable." Michael Knibb (London): "The Book of Enoch in the Light of the Qumrran Wisdom Literature." Klaus Koch (Hamburg) : "Das Geheimnis der Zeit in Weisheit und Apokalyptik um die Zeitwende." Armin Lange (Tubingen-Chapel Hill): "Revelation in Interpretation: The Relation of Interpretation and Apocalyptic Revelation." Emile Puech (Jerusalem): "Apports des textes apocalyptiques et de Sagesse a l' eschatologie du judaisme ancien."

The main lectures will be in English, German and French. The parallel seminars on the topic of the Conference will be conducted by: Jean Duhaime (Montreal, French), Torleif Elgvin (Oslo, English), Herman Lichtenberger (Tubingen, German) and Eibert Tigchelaar (Groningen, Dutch).

In addition to the main lectures and the seminars, a limited number of short papers on the topic of the conference will be read and discussed in slot of 30 minutes (20 min. reading and 10 min. discussion). Proposals for short papers in any of the three languages of the Conference are welcome. The proposals should be submitted to the President before February 28, 2002.

For information regarding accommodation and registration, please contact the Secretariat of the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense:

Paul-Adrian VI-College
Hogeschoolplein 3
B-3000 Leuven
TEL: +32 16 32 44 68
FAX: +32 16 32 44 65
E-MAIL: wim.verschooten@theo.kuleuven.ac.be

For information on the programme and for proposals for short papers, please contact the President F. GARCIA MARTINEZ:

Faculteit der godgeleerdheid
Sint Michielstraat
6 B-3000 Leuven
TEL: +32 16 324557
FAX: + 32 16 323858
E-MAIL: f.garcia.martinez@theo.kuleuven.ac.be

NOVEMBER 2002


THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF QUMRAN:
RECENT FINDS AND DISCUSSIONS

(A Conference Sponsored by Brown University)
Brown Faculty Club, Brown University
November 18-19, 2002

More than 50 years have passed since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the excavation of the site of Qumran. In the late 1960's, Father de Vaux from the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française, was invited by Brown University to present the results of his excavation and share his insights with the scholarly world. Since then, more books and articles have been written on the subject than on any other site in the Near East. Yet, it is the scrolls that have stood in the spotlight and those who have tried to understand and explain the mysteries of the site are mostly historians of religion. The archaeology of the site and the surrounding area have often played a minor, auxiliary role. At the proposed conference past and recent archaeological discoveries at Qumran and the area will be presented and discussed.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art (and co-sponsored by the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem as well as various other Departments of Brown University) and will take place at the Brown Faculty Club. Lectures will be given on Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19, 2002.

Papers are announced by e.g.:

Amit, David (Israel Antiquities Authority)
Belis, Mireille (Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem)
Branham, Joan (Providence College)
Broshi, Magen (Israel Museum)
Doudna, Greg (University of Copenhagen)
Freund, Richard (University of Hartford)
Galor, Katharina (Brown University)
Gunneweg, Jan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Eshel, Hanan (Bar Ilan University)
Hirschfeld, Yizhar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Humbert, Jean-Baptiste (Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem)
Zangenberg, Jürgen (University of Wuppertal)
Magen, Yizhak (Israel Antiquities Authority)
Magness, Jodi (University of North Carolina)
Peleg, Yuval (Israel Antiquities Authority)
Röhrer-Ertl, Olav (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Sheridan, Susan (University of Notre Dame)
Shimron, Aryeh (Geological Survey of Israel)
Strange, James(University of South Florida)
Tabor, James (University of North Carolina)
Taylor, Joan (Waikato University, New Zealand)

The proceedings of this international conference will be published and will constitute an important collection of scholarly contributions to the archaeology of Qumran and its historical and geographical context.

This is an excellent opportunity for the academic and non-academic communities to hear an international array of leading scholars in the field of Qumran archaeology and enjoy the colorful splendor of Providence, RI in the fall.

Looking forward to welcoming you

Katharina Galor, Ph.D., Brown University (katharina_galor@brown.edu)
Jürgen Zangenberg, Dr. Theol., University of Wuppertal, Germany ( zangenberg@t-online.de)
Conference Conveners



Beth Tikvah Synagogue
and
the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University
proudly present

Dr. Esther Chazon

Speaking on

MAGIC IN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS


Tuesday, November 26, 2002 8:00 PM

Beth Tikvah Synagogue
3080 Bayview Avenue
Toronto.



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