The CSTT gathers bi-weekly on Thursday afternoons for a coffee meeting. Two of the CSTT members are responsible for an informal presentation, as well as serving some snacks. Yesterday Tero and I organized the meeting. Continue reading CSTT’s Thursday coffee meetings: What’s happening there?
by Hanne von Weissenberg
Forty people, virtually the entire CSTT, met for its very first Annual Meeting in Tallinn, Estonia during the first weekend of October. The topic of the meeting was What is Sacred? Sacred Texts, Traditions, Scrolls, Space, People, Polities. Continue reading How to Talk about the Sacred? The First Annual Meeting of the CSTT in Tallinn, Oct. 3-5 2014
by Katri Antin
Several European universities foster the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and train doctoral students to become experts in the Scrolls. In September 2014, both junior and senior scholars from the universities of Helsinki, KU Leuven, Groningen and Manchester were kindly invited to the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen to a workshop titled Dead Sea Scrolls and History — A Reassessment. Continue reading European Qumran Network Met in Göttingen
The CSTT Annual Meeting will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 3-5 October 2014.
by Hanna Tervanotko
One of the goals of CSTT is to foster dialogue between different disciplines that analyze the texts belonging to the Ancient Mediterranean and ancient Near Eastern cultural contexts. While it has been acknowledged for long that various literary traditions preserved in the Hebrew Bible have their origins in ancient Near Eastern cultures, the legacy between the ancient Jewish literary traditions and Greek traditions has not been inquired as thoroughly. The relatively small numbers of studies focusing on their cross-cultural relationship is surprising, given that for centuries the Mediterranean area belonged to the Hellenistic empire established by Alexander the Great. Hellenistic ideas left their marks in Jewish texts in different ways. Continue reading Hebrew Bible Studies and Classical Studies – Still in the Beginning of a Fruitful Relationship?
by Hanne von Weissenberg
Thirty members of the Centre of Excellence met for a one-day meeting in Helsinki on the 3rd June 2014. The day was an interesting, inspiring and unique combination of academic papers and discussions concerning academic career and its challenges. Continue reading “Where Excellence and Teamwork Meet” – CSTT Meeting, 3rd June 2014
by Martti Nissinen
Erbil is the capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. In the sources of antiquity, it is known as Arbela or Arbail, and it was one of the principal cities of Assyria in the Neo-Assyrian period. What remains of the ancient city is now buried inside the huge citadel in the heart of the city, under the Citadel Town, dating from the 18th-20th centuries CE and currently being renovated to be a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue reading First Conference on Ancient Arbela: ‘Pre-Islamic History of Erbil’ in Erbil, Iraq, 7–10 April, 2014
Professor Thomas Wilhelmsson, Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, visited CSTT on Monday 24 March. The Chancellor is, among other things, in charge of promoting research and the university’s social interaction, and it was in this capacity that he wanted to learn more about CSTT. Continue reading Chancellor Visits CSTT
by Jutta Jokiranta
The webpages will now be updated on a weekly basis, so follow us here! Continue reading CSTT Has Begun Working!