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How to Talk about the Sacred? The First Annual Meeting of the CSTT in Tallinn, Oct. 3-5 2014

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

European Qumran Network Met in Göttingen

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

Hebrew Bible Studies and Classical Studies – Still in the Beginning of a Fruitful Relationship?

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?

First Conference on Ancient Arbela: ‘Pre-Islamic History of Erbil’ in Erbil, Iraq, 7–10 April, 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