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Workshop Program: Ancient Jewish Cosmology – Sacred Time and Order (Jerusalem, June 15-16)

CSTT Workshop in Jerusalem, 15‒16 June 2015, at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, co-sponsored by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME)Continue reading Workshop Program: Ancient Jewish Cosmology – Sacred Time and Order (Jerusalem, June 15-16)

Call for Papers: Ancient Jewish Cosmology-workshop (Jerusalem, June 15-16)

CSTT Workshop: Ancient Jewish Cosmology – Sacred Time and Order
École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, June 15‒16, 2015

CSTT’s Team 4 “Society and Religion in Late Second Temple Judaism” is organising a workshop on Ancient Jewish Cosmology. Cosmology is here broadly understood to deal with the cosmic world order and origin, but also matters related to acknowledging, finding out, and living out this cosmic order in everyday life. The aim is to identify forms and mechanisms of change in the notions and practices relating to Jewish cosmology: the origin, nature, and fate of the universe. Also ritual practices can be related to this theme: e.g., which beliefs are transmitted through ritual practices, prayer and divination; how the understanding of the divine is reflected in the earthly sphere (architecture, collective practices, calendar, correct prayer times, etc.). Cosmology plays a role in the way in which societies structure themselves and communities select and cherish their values and moral systems. Of special interest is the influence of Hellenistic philosophy and practices on Jewish thought.  Continue reading Call for Papers: Ancient Jewish Cosmology-workshop (Jerusalem, June 15-16)

Rethinking the Category and Boundaries of ”Wisdom”

by Elisa Uusimäki

I have spent a fascinating autumn here in Jerusalem, filled with research at the Hebrew University and explorations of this beautiful, debated city. There are many stories to be told, but since Miika Tucker recently wrote a comprehensive blog post about his experiences in the same place last year, I feel like sharing with you other recent news of my journey. Continue reading Rethinking the Category and Boundaries of ”Wisdom”

Engaging Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

by Miika Tucker

As a member of the Centre of Excellence, Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions, I was unfortunate to be away from Helsinki during some of the formative months of the Centre’s activities. I was, however, fortunate enough to begin my tenure as a member of the Centre while enjoying a 9-month fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For me, a post-graduate student focusing on Septuagint studies, “Jerusalem of Gold,” as the popular local song goes, became a golden opportunity to expand my knowledge and experiences in the field. The Hebrew University has a long history of producing excellent research in Septuagint studies. Continue reading Engaging Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem