Kings and Power: Exploring Jewish Texts in their Hellenistic Context
A CSTT Workshop in Helsinki, December 3-4, 2016
The Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” aims at a more comprehensive understanding of the emergence and influence of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and other ancient Jewish literature within the multicultural milieu of the ancient eastern Mediterranean region. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to cultural, societal, ideological, and material changes in the period when the sacred writings of Judaism were created, transmitted, and continuously transformed. The researchers of the CSTT examine ancient Jewish texts from the point of view of archaeology, sociology, and history of religion, to mention but some of the most influential methodological frameworks. Continue reading CFP: “Kings and Power: Exploring Jewish Texts in their Hellenistic Context” (Helsinki, 3-4 Dec. 2016) →
by Hanna Tervanotko
The Groningen–Leuven network of the Dead Sea Scrolls was established in 2012 as an open and informal forum primarily for the scholars of the universities of Groningen and Leuven, to get together frequently to discuss their ongoing work and current developments in the field of the Qumran studies. Soon after the first meeting the gatherings also attracted other colleagues’ attention and we have been happy to welcome numerous visitors. This year, for the first time, we published a call for papers, and about 30 people from all over the world joined to explore the theme of our meeting, “Dead Sea Scrolls and Hellenism.” Continue reading From Sectarianism to Expression of Broader Hellenistic Culture: Some Notes from the Fifth Groningen-Leuven Meeting on the Dead Sea Scrolls →
A workshop at the University of Helsinki, 3-4 December, 2016
> Prof. Katell Berthelot (CNRS, France)
> Prof. Joan Taylor (King’s College London, UK)
The goal of the workshop is to contribute to the discussion what was Hellenistic Judaism. The presentations of the meeting will contextualize Jewish texts dealing with kingship and power taking into account that Judaism and Hellenism are not two separate entities; rather, Jewish texts were written within their various Hellenistic contexts. The plural “Hellenistic contexts” highlights the numerous forms that Judaism took in the late second temple period.
More information to follow about the call for papers during the summer 2016.
The workshop is organized by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” (cstt.fi)