Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period (Sept. 25-26, Helsinki)

On September 25-26, 2015, the workshop on the Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period will take place at the University of Helsinki. The workshop is funded by the Nordic Research Council (NRC), the Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions (CSTT), and the Emil Aaltonen Foundation. 

— Friday September 25 —

Morning session
Chair: Jutta Jokiranta

9.00-9.15 Opening of the workshop: Mika S. Pajunen & Jessi A. Orpana
9.15-10.00 Dr. Kipp Davis (University of Agder): “Column Structure and Standardisation: Some Observations of Scribal Features in the Judaean Desert Psalms Manuscripts and their Implications.”
10.00-10.45 Dr. Marko Marttila (University of Eastern Finland): “Ben Sira’s Use of Various Psalm Genres.”

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.00 PhD student Katri Antin (University of Helsinki): “Wisdom as a Prerequisite for Praising God: 1QHa 9:1–10:4 as a Case Study.”
12.00-13.00 Prof. Marc Brettler (Duke University): “Those Who Pray Together Stay Together: The Role of Psalms in Creating Identity in the Post-Exilic Period.”

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Afternoon session
Chair: Katri Antin

14.30-15.15 Dr. Joseph Angel (Yeshiva University): “Reading the Songs of the Sage in Sequence: Some Preliminary Observations and Questions”
15.15-16.00 PhD student Ingunn Aadland (MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo): “Remember what he did in Egypt: Prayer and remembrance in 4Q185.”

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.15 PhD student Marika Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki) “Psalm 13(LXX) as a sin confession hymn in Rom. 3:10-18(?).”

— Saturday September 26 —-

Morning Session
Chair: Kipp Davis

9.00-10.00 Prof. Jesper Høgenhaven (University of Copenhagen): “Psalms as prophecy: Evidence for the reading of Psalms as prophetic text and the formation of the canon.”
10.00-11.00 Dr. Judith Newman (University of Toronto): “Waging War with Prayer and Scripture: A Comparative Study of 2 Chron 20 and 1 Macc 1-8.”

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.15 Dr. Eva Mroczek (University of California) “When David Sang in Heaven: Reading Second Temple Psalms Traditions with Later Jewish and Christian Texts.”
12.15-13.00 PhD student David Willgren (University of Lund): “Interpretive context and deliberate juxtaposition: Aspects of the Question of Use of the Book of Psalms in the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Afternoon session
15.30-16.15 Dr. Mika S. Pajunen (University of Helsinki): “Prophetic Fulfillment and Expectations in the Barkhi Nafshi Hymns, and their Role in Identity Construction.”
16.15-17.00 Concluding discussion: feedback and future plans

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