“Patterns of Change in Literary Development: a Workshop on the Documented Editing of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament”

The event will take place Monday and Tuesday, May 23rd-24th, in the Faculty Hall (Tiedekuntasali), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki.

We are happy to announce that Prof. Michael Segal from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be our keynote speaker. The other presenters are members of the CSTT. The sessions will be in a workshop format, emphasizing small group work and guided discussion. Below are a short abstract describing the event and a schedule of the event.

The question of how biblical texts have developed has emerged with renewed vigor since the publication of the Qumran texts over the past few decades. This workshop will participate in the discussion on literary development by highlighting a wide variety of different biblical texts, whose textual witnesses have large and significant differences. The event includes texts from a number of genres, including passages in both prose and poetry, in order to determine whether recognizable patterns can be discerned within and across generic categories. Each of the workshop sessions will focus on one text featuring large-scale editorial processes. The purpose of each workshop is to discuss the textual differences and to forge at least a preliminary conclusion that helps explain the types of development that the text has gone through. The broader goal of the workshop is to be able to compare the developments of different types of biblical texts in order to identify similar and deviating patterns of development between them.


Monday 23 May
9:30 Welcome
9:45-10:45 Keynote Lecture by Michael Segal
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Workshop on Daniel (Michael Segal)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Workshop on Exodus (Drew Longacre)
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:15 Workshop on Ezra/Nehemia (Juha Pakkala)

Tuesday 24 May
9:15-10:45 Workshop on Job (Urmas Nõmmik)
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Workshop on Psalms (Mika Pajunen)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Workshop on the OAN in Jeremiah (Miika Tucker)
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-16:15 Workshop on Jeremiah 25 (Anneli Aejmelaeus)
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-17:30 Concluding session (Drew Longacre)
17:30 Reception