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May 10th and 11th, 2019, The Historical Location of “P”: Language, Geography and Material Culture

University of Lausanne, Amphipôle 315

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Friday, 10th of May 2019
13h00: Address of Welcome: Director of the IRSB, Simon Butticaz
13h05: Introduction: Thomas Römer, Jürg Hutzli
13h30: From Ur to Harran: History of Origins or Late Rewriting? Lionel Marti, CNRS, France
14h15: Israel’s Exodus from Egypt according to P: Baal Zephon and Yam Suph in Exodus 14: Konrad Schmid, University of Zurich
15h00: Mount Casius (Baal Zephon?) – The archaeological perspective: Eliezer Oren, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
15h45-16h15: Break
16h15: The inscriptions of Mt. Gerizim and P: Jürg Hutzli, University of Lausanne
17h00: The Sanctuary on Mt. Gerizim: Some Historical and Religious-Historical Observations and Conclusions: Benedikt Hensel, University of Zurich
17h45: Literary Extensions in the Genealogies of the Primeval History and Their Indications for a Relative Dating: Michaela Bauks, University of Koblenz-Landau

Saturday 11th of May 2019
09h00: The Priestly Texts and Linguistic Dating: Harald Samuel, University of Göttingen
09h45: Fabrics, Vessels, and Other Cultic Materials: A Contribution to the Historical Contextualization of Priestly Traditions: Christophe Nihan, University of Lausanne
10h30: The Collective Character of the Sabbath as Priestly Innovation: Wolfgang Oswald, University of Tübingen
11h15: The Priestly Wilderness Redaction and the Persian Empire: Jaeyoung Jeon, University of Lausanne
12h00-13h45: Lunch Break
13h45: Utopia of an Inegalitarian Theocracy in Numbers 1-4: Axel Bühler, University of Geneva
14h30: Num 18 as "Hermeneutical Key" for the Relation Between Aaronides and Levites in the Book of Numbers: Katharina Pyschny, University of Bochum
15h15: Redaction by Geography? The Shifting Shape of Israelite Transjordan in Numbers 32: Jordan Davies, University of Zurich
16h00-16h30: Break
16h30: Balaam's God(s): Anna Elisa Zernecke, University of Kiel
17h15: Conclusion: Thomas Römer, Collège de France, University of Lausanne

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December 17th and 18th, 2018, The History of the Jacob Cycle (Genesis 25–35)

Sinergia Conference at Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University, Wiener Library

Jacob Wrestling With the Angel

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

09:00-09:15    Coffee and Gathering

09:15-09:30

 

 

Introduction to the Jacob Track in the Sinergia Project: Aims and Achievements
Israel Finkelstein Oded Lipschits, Christophe Nihan, Thomas Römer, Konrad Schmid

09:30-11:00

 

 

COMPILATION, REDACTION AND RECEPTION OF THE JACOB CYCLE / CHAIR: ODED LIPSCHITS
Konrad Schmid: Shifting Political Theologies in the Literary Development of the Jacob Cycle
Dalit Rom Shiloni: Genesis 31: A Key to Question the Compilation of the Jacob Stories

11:00-11:30   Coffee Break
11:30-13:00   Guy Darshan: The Priestly Account of the End of Jacob's Life: A New Proposal
Meira Polliack: Typologies of Jacob/Rachel in Deutero-Isaiah: Literary Function  and Reception Exegesis
13:00-14:30   Lunch Break

14:30-16:00

 

 

THE JACOB CYCLE IN ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXT / CHAIR: iSRAEL FINKELSTEIN
Christian Frevel: Jacob as the Father of the Twelve Tribes (Genesis 29-31): Literary and Historical Considerations
Friederike Neumann: Jacob, Laban and the Two Daughters: Isights into the Formation of the Jacob-Laban-Story (Genesis 29-31)

16:00-16:30

 

Coffee Break

16:30-18:45   Casey Strine: Your Name Shall No Longer Be Jacob, but Refugee: Involuntary Migration and the Growth of the Jacob Cycle
Jakob Wöhrle: Jacob from Isarael and Jacob from Judah: Reflections upon the Formation of the Historical Backgrounds of the Jacob Story
Benedikt Hensel: Israel and Edom in the Jacob Narrative

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

09:00-09:15    Coffee and Gathering

09:15-10:30

 

 

ARCHEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRE-P JACOB CYCLE / CHAIR: CHRISTOPHE NIHAN
Assaf Kleiman: Aram and Israel in the Northern Gilead: A Long-Term Perspective
Omer Sergi: The Jacob Cycle and Israelite Identity: Resurrecting Israel's Association of Kin

10:30-11:00

 

Coffee Break

11:00-13:15   BETHEL: ARCHEOLOGY AND ITS ROLE IN THE JACOB CYCLE / CHAIR: KONRAD SCHMID
Aharon Tavger: "And He Called the Name of that Place Bethel" (Genesis 28:19): Historical Geography and Archeology of the Sanctuary of Bethel
Oded Lipschits: Archeology and Text, Text and Archeology: Methodological Notes and Bethel as a Case-Study
Israel Finkelstein: Bethel: What is There and What "Should be There" (to Fit a Theory), But is Not There

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November 19th, 2018, History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches

(session at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Denver, Colorado)

Pentateuch
Joint Session With: Pentateuch, Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology
11/19/2018
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 4 (Fourth Level) - Hyatt Regency (HR)

Theme: History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches

Konrad Schmid, Universität Zürich, Introduction (15 min)

  • Oded Lipschits, Tel Aviv University
    How Archaeology Can or Cannot Integrate Literary Perspectives (15 min)
  • Christophe Nihan, Université de Lausanne
    How Literary Investigations Can or Cannot Integrate Archaeological Perspectives (15 min)
  • Jordan Davis, Universität Zürich and Jürg Hutzli, Université de Lausanne
    Historical Geography in the Priesty Literature of the Pentateuch (30 min)
  • Katharina Pyschny, University of Lausanne and Erin Hall, Tel Aviv University
    The Archaeology of Sanctuaries in Ancient Israel and Judah and the Concept of Cult Centralization (30 min)
  • Anna Angelini, University of Lausanne, Peter Altmann, Universität Zürich and Abra Spiciarich, Tel Aviv University
    Three Years Chewing the Cud: Historical, Archaeological, and Literary Reflections on the Dietary Prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 (30 min)
  • Thomas Römer, Collège de France - University of Lausanne and Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University
    Jeroboam II’s Israel: Literary and Archaeological Perspectives (30 min)

 

June 2018, Conference: The Joseph Story between Egypt and Israel

Joseph’s Bloody Coat Brought to Jacob

International Conference at the University of Lausanne

Unil Cubotron Auditoire I (sous-sol)

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Illustration: Bode Museum Berlin, photo Th. Römer

 


 

December, 18–19 2017, Conference: Administrative and Cultic Aspects of Centralization in Ancient Israel

Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives

 

The conference will take place on the 18th–19th of December 2017 at Tel Aviv University, Building Gilman  in Room 133.

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June 14-15, 2017, Conference: The Larger Context of the Biblical Food Prohibitions

Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Mosaic Animals
 

University of Lausanne, Amphipole, room 321

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Contact: anna.angelini

 

 

December 18-20, 2016 Meeting in Tel Aviv

Meeting in Tel Aviv

 

May 20-22, 2016, Meeting in Zurich

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meeting may 2016

Subproject A
The Cultural and Historical World behind Genesis 25–50


A1. Shifting Historical Realities Reflected in the Jacob Cycle (Gen 25–35)
chair: Konrad Schmid
• Omer Sergi, Tel Aviv
• Assaf Kleiman, Tel Aviv
• Aren Max Wilson-Wright, Zurich
A2. The Joseph Story and its Material and Cultural Context
chair: Thomas Römer
• Shirly Ben Dor Evian, Tel Aviv
• Samuel Arnet, Zurich

Subproject B
The Historical Geography of the Priestly Documents
and of the Priestly Literature in the Book of Numbers

B1. The Historical Location(s) of the Priestly Document
chair: Christophe Nihan, Thomas Römer, Konrad Schmid
• Débora Sandhaus, Tel Aviv
• Jürg Hutzli, Lausanne
B2. The Historical Geography of the Book of Numbers
chair: Oded Lipschits
• Allon Wagner, Tel Aviv
• Jordan Davis, Zurich

Subproject C
Sanctuaries, Cult, and Ritual in Ancient Israel and
Ancient Judah

C1. Sanctuaries in Ancient Israel and Judah and Deuteronomy’s Program of Cult Centralization
chair: Israel Finkelstein
• Erin Hall, Tel Aviv
• Yitzhak Lee, Tel Aviv
• Sabine Metzer, Tel Aviv
• Katharina Pyschny, Lausanne

C2. The Food Laws of the Pentateuch: Textual and Archaeological Perspectives
chair: Christophe Nihan
• Abra Spiciarich, Tel Aviv
• Peter Altmann, Zurich
• Anna Angelini, Lausanne

 

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