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. 

CSTT invites papers on the above themes by senior and junior scholars and doctoral students alike. The time period and source materials can be various; they do not have to be strictly focused on Late Second Temple-period. All paper proposals should be sent by 30 April 2015 at the latest to or, with name, institution and abstract. For any questions on participation, please do not hesitate to contact either Jutta Jokiranta or Elisa Uusimäki by e-mail.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Wayne Horowitz
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov
University of Haifa

Other papers:

Eshbal Ratzon
The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
“The Path of the Moon in the Astronomical Book”
Drew Longacre
CSTT, University of Helsinki / W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
“The Dominion Mandate in Genesis 9:7”
Jeremy Penner
CSTT, University of Helsinki
“Apocalyptic Cosmologies and Prayer at Qumran”
Elisa Uusimäki
CSTT, University of Helsinki
Sami Yli-Karjanmaa
CSTT, University of Helsinki

Other participants of the workshop include Jutta Jokiranta, Rick Bonnie and Hanne von Weissenberg (CSTT’s Team 2).