The journal Approaching Religion is published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History, located in Åbo (Turku), Finland. The theme of the latest issue is “Concord, Conflict and Co-Existence: religion and society in the Middle East and North Africa“, which was also the title of a conference held in early-June 2014. Aside from Raz and Izaak, also many other CSTT-researchers were present at that conference.
Please find the reference and abstract of the articles by Raz and Izaak below.
Raz Kletter (2014) In the Footsteps of Bagira: ethnicity, archaeology, and ‘Iron I ethnic Israel’, Approaching Religion 4(2): 2–15.
The present paper focuses on Iron I ‘Israel’, reviewing recent literature and asking why this topic remains so ‘hot’ in research.
Izaak J. de Hulster (2014) Ethnicity and ‘the Myth of the Reborn Nation’: investigations in collective identity, monotheism and the use of figurines in Yehud during the Achaemenid period, Approaching Religion 4(2): 16–24.
‘The myth of the reborn nation’ was one of the results of my recent research on figurines, the history of the religion of Yehud, and the rise of monotheism (cf. de Hulster 2012 and forthcoming a and b). The invitation to participate in the FIME conference in Turku (June 2014) provided me with the challenge of presenting a discussion about ‘the myth of the reborn nation’ from the perspective of ethnicity.
Note that Approaching Religion is an open-access journal and all articles are freely downloadable, so please have also a look at the other articles published there.