Peter Wick (Bochum) On ‘Judas’

It was a SUPER interesting paper- Judas als Prophet wider Willen in Mt 27,1-10.  And just to add to the fun, Markus Barth’s daughter was in the gang and there was a good bit of chatter about the Barth family and its extent before the paper was delivered.

If you missed it… well, what can I say, you missed a great time.

Wick has a book coming next year from Brill.  Watch for it.

How to write a history of ancient Israel? – Bob Becking

Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL
Wed, 11 May 2022
13:00 – 15:00 EDT

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Writing the history of ancient Israel – Judah – has traditionally been undertaken starting with the Biblical text. The data from the Hebrew Bible have been used as a framework with the archaeological evidence as illustration and sometimes as correction. This way of doing has been forcefully criticized by a variety of scholars. Their endeavors seem to lead to the possibility that it is impossible to write a history of ancient Israel. In their view the ’sources’ in the Hebrew Bible are of such a late date (Persian or even Hellenistic) that they cannot be considered as trustworthy evidence for deeds and doings in pre-exilic Israel.

In my book Israel’s Past Seen from the Present: Studies on History and Religion in Ancient Israel and Judah (2021), I have been looking for a way out of the dilemma by combining insights from Manfred Weippert with the concept of re-enactment as proposed and developed by Collingwood. In this lecture, I will present the idea of the ‘circle of five’. The five steps: 1. Landscape; 2. Climate; 3. Archaeology; 4. Epigraphy; 5. Hebrew Bible, will be taken in that order. It will concentrate on a few examples such as the life of David and the Babylonian Exile.

Bob Becking is Emeritus Senior Research Professor of Hebrew Bible of the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University

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If You’re In Zurich this Sunday…

Führung: Frauen in der Reformation
08.05.2022 14:00 – 15:30
Grossmünster, Kirche, Zwingliplatz 7, 8001 Zürich

Oft vergessen und unterschätzt: Männer waren nicht die einzigen wichtigen Akteure während der Reformation, auch wenn uns dies die Geschichtsschreibung denken liesse. Diese Führung behandelt den Einfluss der Frauen auf den Verlauf der Reformation. Und sie zeigt auf, welche Folgen die Reformation für den Alltag der Frauen hatte. Tauchen Sie ein in das Leben und Wirken von Zwinglis Ehefrau Anna Reinhart Zwingli, der Täuferin Margarete Hottinger und der letzten Fraumünster-Äbtissin Katharina von Zimmern.

  • Treffpunkt: 15 Minuten vor Start beim Hauptportal Grossmünster
  • Dauer: 90 Minuten
  • Kosten: CHF 25 (CHF 15 mit Legi/Kulturlegi)

“All About Eve: Beyond the Myths about Women in Ancient Israel.”

Carol Meyers, Ph.D. offer a three-part series on women in ancient Israel entitled, “All About Eve: Beyond the Myths about Women in Ancient Israel.” The dates for this series are May 5, May 12, and May 19 at 8:00pm EDT.

Session one: May 5 at 8:00pm EDT
All about Eve: The Latest Word on the First Lady

Eve has a bad rap in Jewish and Christian tradition: seductress, first sinner, cause of male domination––the list goes on. But does she deserve it? This presentation will take advantage of the fact that we have just marked the 100th anniversary of the historic 19th Amendment to review some of the ways the suffragettes tried to deal with the problem of Eve in the Eden narrative. Then it will show how biblical scholarship of the 21st century rescues Eve from notoriety and even elevates her above Adam!

CAROL MEYERS is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Duke University. She received the A.B. with honors from Wellesley College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Meyers has published more than 450 articles, reports, reference-book entries, and reviews; and she has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-two books. Her 2013 book, Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, is a landmark study of women in ancient Israelite society. Meyers has worked on numerous digs since she was an undergraduate and has co-directed several archaeological projects in Israel. She has been a frequent consultant for media productions relating to archaeology and the Bible, including A&E’s Mysteries of the Bible series, DreamWorks’s “Prince of Egypt,” NOVA’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” and several National Geographic documentaries. She has served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature and is currently a trustee of the American Society of Overseas Research, the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, and the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

This will be an exciting and informative series. Join us as we learn together!

Russ Petrus & Deborah Rose

You can find out all the details and sign up to sit in here.

Inscription, Touch, and Worship in the Synagogue of Dura Europos, a lecture by Prof. Karen Stern

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2022 AT 11:45 AM EDT

The murals of the assembly hall at Dura Europos are unprecedented in ancient synagogues, simultaneously reflecting and projecting visual modes of biblical interpretation for their audiences. Seeing was not the only medium of experiencing devotional landscapes in ancient Syria, as there were other sensory means by which visitors meaningfully engaged with their elaborately decorated surroundings to perceive, encounter, and interact with the holy and each other.

This talk reimagines this reality, by considering the significance of additional types of sensory experiences historically conducted in the Dura synagogue, as mediated through properties of touch. It argues that reconsiderations of archaeological evidence for ancient peoples’ interfaces with the walls and architecture of the Dura synagogue, as documented by unofficial inscriptions, drawings, and modifications to the paintings, allows us to theorize, in new ways, about ancient relationships between visitors, their devotional activities, the paintings they regarded, and their tactile encounters with the divine.

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A Luther 2022 Lecture: “Der Steuermann der Reformation – Georg Spalatin”

Am 22. März, 18:30 Uhr, geht es mit unserer Vortragsreihe “Luther 1522” weiter! Dieses Mal referiert Prof. Dr. Markus Wriedt über das Thema “Der Steuermann der Reformation – Georg Spalatin”. Der Vortrag findet digital statt und wird hier, sowie auf unserer Website und unserem Youtube-Kanal entsprechend zu finden sein.

Here’s the link to their YouTube channel so you can watch it when it is live, or later.

Previous Lectures by Jim Aitken

Grinfield Lecture: Dr James Aitken, ‘The Septuagint—A Translation Among Translations’ from OCHJS on Vimeo.

Grinfield Lecture: Dr James Aitken, ‘The Septuagint and Scribal Creativity in Egypt’ from OCHJS on Vimeo.

Grinfield Lecture: Dr James Aitken, ‘The Septuagint, Editing, and Textual Production in Ancient Judaism’ from OCHJS on Vimeo.

“Problems of Representing Peasants: The Case of Noël Du Fail”


February 11, 2022 at 3:30pm Eastern
“Problems of Representing Peasants: The Case of Noël Du Fail”

Who provided the relatively rare sustained literary representations of peasants in the sixteenth century? And how if at all did the social position of the writer affect the representation? The question will be explored through the collection of imaginary ‘rustic dialogues’ written by Noël Du Fail.

Sometimes valued, including by historians, as a witness to peasant life and even experience, the collection looks different if interpreted in the light of the author’s position as a minor noble. Key dimensions of the work—festivity, humour, rhetoric, language, morality—will be examined in this light.

To test the conclusions, writings by lower-born authors will be briefly considered too.  Overall, the case of Du Fail will be used to raise the wider question of who speaks for whom in Renaissance cultural representations, and why that matters.

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Rabbinic Rabies and Rabid Rabbis – the ‘Mad Dog’ in Talmudic Texts

This lecture will discuss some significant passages from the early (Mishnah/Tosefta) and late (Palestinian/Babylonian Talmud) rabbinic traditions of late antiquity that deal with so-called “mad dogs” (kelev shote). The texts introduce different classifications or taxonomies of this condition and elaborate on theoretical and practical knowledge about appropriate cures and remedies. These therapeutic advices, embedded in a religious-normative discourse, contain unexpected and sometimes puzzling details and terminology. Moreover, they display conceptual structures and literary techniques that point to a certain familiarity with technical or epistemic genres (e.g. recipes, diagnosis, incantations), while deploying also traditional rabbinic discursive forms.

Sign up for this online lecture here.   Wed, 9 February 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 EST