Kings and Power: Exploring Jewish Texts in their Hellenistic Contexts (Helsinki, 3-4 Dec)

Helsinki, 3–4 December 2016
Bookshop Arkadia, Nervanderinkatu 11

Please pre-register by 18 November:

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact
Tuukka Kauhanen ( or Elisa Uusimäki (


Saturday, December 3rd

10.00–10.15    Welcome

10.15–12.15    Keynote 1 (workshop)
Joan Taylor (King’s College London): Hellenistic Meals in Philo’s De vita contemplativa

12.15–13.00    Lunch break

13.00–15.00    Four short papers (30 min / paper including discussion)
Vasile Babota (Pontifical Gregorian University): Alexander Janneus as High Priest and King. Struggling Between Jewish and Hellenistic Concepts of Rule

Erkki Koskenniemi (Åbo Akademi University): Kings, Judges or Elders?

Jed Wyrick (California State University, Chico): The Peri Ioudaiôn of Artapanus as Court Literature

Simon Krause-Heiber (Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg & Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology): The Transformation of Power Structures in the Books of Esther

15.00–15.30    Coffee/tea served at the venue

15.30–17.30    Four short papers (30 min / paper including discussion)
Joshua Scott (University of Michigan): Oppressive Kings as Fallen Angels: The Theological Recasting of (Jewish) Kings in the Parables of Enoch

Blaženka Scheuer (Lund University): Eminence and Gender: Hellenism at the roots of Megillah 14b?

Hanna Tervanotko (University of Helsinki & KU Leuven) and Elisa Uusimäki (University of Helsinki & Yale Divinity School): Sarah the Princess – Tracing the Hellenistic Afterlife of a Pentateuchal Female Figure

Sami Yli-Karjanmaa (University of Helsinki): Sovereignty in Transition: God vs. Pious Reason as the Absolute Ruler in 2 and 4 Maccabees

17.30–18.00    Conclusion for the first day (Tuukka Kauhanen)


Sunday, December 4th

10.00–12.00    Keynote 2 (workshop)
Katell Berthelot (CNRS – Aix-Marseille University), The Hasmonean dynasty as a type of Hellenistic Kingship

12.00–12.45    Lunch break

12.45–13.15    Short paper
Joan Taylor (King’s College London), The Synagogue of the Therapeutae

13.15–14.00   Panel discussion/conclusion (Tuukka Kauhanen)