Symposium website “The Social Worlds of Early Christians: A Symposium in Honor of L. Michael White” includes recorded presentations and live Zoom panel discussions (October 24, 2020, at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm CST). Registration is free, but required (scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up).
From March 19-21, 2018, the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University hosted the “Priests and Priesthood in the Near East: Social, Intellectual and Economic Aspects” conference. The papers from March 19 are available on TAU’s YouTube channel:
- Dominique Charpin (Collège de France), Opening Address: Recent Discoveries from Ur / Tell Muqayyar, Priests of Ur in the Old Babylonian Period: A Reappraisal in the Light of the Discoveries at Ur / Tell Muqayyar in 2017
- Walther Sallaberger (LMU, Munich), Keynote Session I: Origins of Near Eastern Priesthood, Close to the Ruler and to the Gods: The Cultic Duties of the Cupbearer and the Role of Priestesses and Priests in Early Dynastic Mesopotamia
- Piotr Steinkeller (Harvard University), Babylonian Priesthood during the Third Millennium BCE: Between Sacred
- Louise Quillien (EPHE, Paris), Identity Through Appearance: Babylonian Priestly Clothing
- Aren Maeir (Bar Ilan University), “The priests, the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel” (Deut 18:1): Is There Archaeological Evidence of Priests and Priesthood in Iron Age Israel and Judah?
- Yonatan Adler (Ariel University), “Is there a Priest in the House?”: Identifying Jewish Priests (Kohanim) in the Archaeology of Roman Judaea/Palaestina
- Julietta Steinhauer (University College London), Near Eastern Priests: A Graeco-Roman perspective
On February 9, 2017, Professor Dale B. Martin (Yale University) gave an open lecture on ‘the family’ in ancient and modern times, at the University of Kent.
The lecture begins at 5:20.
h/t: Taylor Weaver
On December 9, 2004, Professor Louis Feldman (October 29, 1926 – March 25, 2017) lectured on the question, “Why were the Maccabees opposed to the Greek Religion and Culture?“(mp3; lecture beginning at 1:12).
The talk is made available by Yeshuva University’s YUTorah Online.
On March 14-16th, 2016, The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev hosted a conference called “Perceiving the Other: Ancient and Modern Interactions with Outsiders”.
The purpose of this colloquium is to re-examine both ancient Christian, Jewish, and pagan portrayals of outsiders and modern construals of these portrayals. In what ways, both positive and negative, do ancient writers interact with and relate to those outside of their religious traditions? In what ways do modern scholars appropriate and even inflect these earlier portrayals in light of their own modern preconceptions? This colloquium will devote itself to the methodological questions surrounding the use of diverse ancient sources for the construction of the other. The goal is to shed new light on ancient interactions between different religious groups in order both to describe more accurately these relationships and to provide greater understanding and sympathy amongst modern religious traditions.
Monday, March 14
Opening Remarks and Greetings:
– Prof. Rivka Carmi, President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
– Prof. David Newman, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
– Prof. Uri Ehrlich, Chair, The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
-Prof. Haim Kreisel, Head, The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Prof. Albert Baumgarten (Bar-Ilan University): John the Baptist and Jesus: An Ancient Dialogue of Disciples
Prof. Matthew Thiessen (Saint Louis University): Animalistic Gentiles according to Followers of Jesus
Prof. Uta Poplutz (University of Wuppertal): The Image of the Opponents in the Gospel of Matthew
Tuesday, March 15
Prof. Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg University): Revisiting the Other: ‘The Jews’ in the Gospel of John
Prof. Nathan Eubank (University of Oxford): Damned Disciples: the Permeability of the Boundary between Insiders and Outsiders in Early Christianity
Prof. Katell Berthelot (CNRS): The Paradoxical Resemblance of the Roman Other
Prof. Wolfgang Grünstäudl (University of Wuppertal): Different Approaches to the Core of Christianity
Prof. Shaya Gafni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Various ‘Others’ in Rabbinic Literature: Between Babylonia and the Land of Israel
Dr. Haim Weiss (Ben-Gurion University): The Bodily Images of Shimon Bar-Kosibah in Rabbinic Literature
Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal (Ben-Gurion University): Christian Heretics in the Babylonian Talmud
Prof. Christine Hayes (Yale University): Different Differences: The Complicated Goy in Classical Rabbinic Sources
Associate Professor of New Testament Giovanni Bazzana discusses his recent publication [Kingdom of Bureaucracy: The Political Theology of Village Scribes in the Sayings Gospel Q (Peeters, 2015)] with two respondents. The respondents will be Shaye J.D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University; and Lawrence Wills, Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School.
The talk and responses were delivered on February 16, 2016 at Harvard Divinity School. The talk begins at 6:50.
The Sayings Gospel Q was composed in the central decades of the first century CE by Galilean villagers who had acquired knowledge of Greek mostly through their involvement with the public administration. The present book analyzes the text of Q in order to rediscover the terminological and ideological traces of the activity of these sub-elite scribes in the Sayings Gospel. Given the bureaucratic positions occupied by the members of this group, the peculiar use of the phrase Basileia tou theou carries a specific significance for its theological political implications. On the basis of Giorgio Agamben’s recent revision of the category of political theology, the attitude of Q on divine kingship is understood as an instance of sub-elite negotiation of social and political positions vis-à-vis the expansion of Roman imperial hegemony in the eastern Mediterranean. In this context the author(s) of Q envisage apocalyptic scenarios in which divine kingship replaces human rulers and native sub-elite bureaucrats can share in the exercise of cosmic government.
Professor Lee Levine (Hebrew University) delivered a talk on “The Revolutionary Effects Of Archaeology On The Study Of Jewish History“. The lecture was part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted July 6, 2004.
Levine discusses Herod in Judea and the Dura-Europos synagogue in Syria.
The talk is available in m4a audio format:
Professor Steven Katz (Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University) delivered a talk on “The Jewish Encounter With Hellenism” as part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted February 13, 2007.
The talk is available in m4a audio format:
Professor Steven Katz (Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University) delivered a talk on “The Emergence of the Hasmonean State and its Political and Theological Consequences” as part of the Orange County Community Scholars Program (OCCSP), podcasted January 30, 2007.
The talk is available in m4a audio format:
Dr Richard Bauckham (University of St Andrews) delivered the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures on ‘The Sons of Zebedee: The Lives of Two Galilean Fishers’, at the University of Otago. The lectures provide a detailed examination of the geographical-social context of Galilee in the time of Jesus.
The lectures are available on iTunes, and are downloadable in mp4 video and mp3 audio formats:
1) The World of the Lake of Galilee’ – Tuesday 12 August (video) (audio)
2) ‘The Fishing Industry’ – Wednesday 13 August (video) (audio)
3) ‘Zebedee and Sons’ – Thursday 14 August (video) (audio)
4) ‘Called to Fish for People’ – Tuesday 19 August (video) (audio)
5) ‘Sons of Thunder’ – Wednesday 20 August (video) (audio)
6) ‘Jerusalem’ – Thursday 21 August (video) (audio)
In a Marginalia forum on August 26, 2014, eight scholars write replies to Adele Reinhartz’s essay, “The Vanishing Jews of Antiquity”, Marginalia, June 24, 2014. Responses are by Steve Mason, Daniel Schwartz, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Joan Taylor, Malcolm Lowe, Jonathan Klawans, Ruth Sheridan, James Crossley. In addition, Adele Reinhartz provides a reply.
Professor Richard Bauckham and Dr Chris Marshall presented a lecture series on the historical Jesus, at Carey College, 7-8 August 2014.
Richard Bauckham, “The World of the Lake of Galilee”
Richard Bauckham, “The Fishing Industry”
Richard Bauckham, “The Historical Jesus”
Interview with Richard Bauckham
Chris Marshall, “A Parable of Restorative Justice”
Interview with Chris Marshall
Lectures from Dr Robert R. Cargill’s course “Jerusalem: The Holy City: A History of Jerusalem from Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel” (University of California, Los Angeles; Spring 2010) are freely available for viewing on iTunes. The course consists of 18 lectures, on 27 videos, and is accompanied by a syllabus.
This course surveys the religious, political, and cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia as a symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course content will focus on the transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence by examining the testimony of artifacts, architecture, and iconography in relation to the written word. We will study the creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience. Course requirements will focus on developing advanced writing skills.
|1||Syllabus for Spring 2010 ANNEA 10W: Jerusalem, the Holy City (CARGILL)||—||4/20/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoLecture 1.1: Jerusalem as Sacred Space (Part 1) (4/1/2010)||—||4/2/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoLecture 1.2: Jerusalem as Sacred Space (Part 2) (4/6/2010)||—||4/7/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoLecture 2: Canaanite Jerusalem (4/8/2010)||—||4/8/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoLecture 3.1: David’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/8/2010)||—||4/8/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoLecture 3.2: David’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/13/2010)||—||4/13/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoLecture 4.1: Solomon’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/13/2010)||—||4/13/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoLecture 4.2: Solomon’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/15/2010)||—||4/15/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoLecture 5.1: Hezekiah’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/15/2010)||—||4/15/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoLecture 5.2: Hezekiah’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/20/2010)||—||4/21/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoLecture 6.1: Josiah’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/20/2010)||—||4/20/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoLecture 6.2: Josiah’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/22/2010)||—||4/22/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoLecture 7.1: Exilic Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/22/2010)||—||4/22/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||VideoLecture 7.2: Exilic Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/27/2010)||—||4/27/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|15||VideoLecture 8: Persian Jerusalem (5/4/2010)||—||5/4/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|16||VideoLecture 9: Hellenistic Jerusalem (5/6/2010)||—||5/7/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|17||VideoLecture 10.1: Hasmonean Jerusalem (Part 1) (5/6/2010)||—||5/7/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|18||VideoLecture 10.2: Hasmonean Jerusalem (Part 2) (5/11/2010)||—||5/11/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|19||VideoLecture 11: Herodian Jerusalem (5/11/2010)||—||5/11/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|20||VideoLecture 12: Jerusalem in Revolt (5/13/2010)||—||5/14/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|21||VideoLecture 13: Byzantine Jerusalem (5/18/2010)||—||5/18/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|22||VideoLecture 14: Islamic Jerusalem (5/20/2010)||—||6/7/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|23||VideoLecture 15: Crusader Jerusalem (5/25/2010)||—||5/25/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|24||VideoLecture 16: Mamluk and Ottoman Jerusalem (5/27/2010)||—||5/31/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|25||VideoLecture 17.1: 20th Century Jerusalem (Part 1) (6/1/2010)||—||6/1/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|26||VideoLecture 17.2: 20th Century Jerusalem (Part 2) (6/3/2010)||—||6/5/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|27||VideoLecture 18: 21st Century Jerusalem (6/3/2010)||—||6/5/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|28||VideoRandom Questions for/about Dr. Cargill (6/3/10)||—||6/5/10||Free||View In iTunes|
Professor Michael Satlow, of Brown University, offers a complete set of lectures on early Judaism (recorded 2011), available for free download on iTunes. The course, “From Israelite to Jew” covers the exile, return from exile, Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, including Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the destruction of the Temple.
Name Description Released Price
Episode 1 – Between Faith and Reason–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 2 – The Religion of Israel–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 3 – Exile–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 4 – Return–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 5 – Ezra–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Talmud–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 6 – The Torah–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 7 – Nehemiah–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 8 – Jews of the Persian Empire–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 9 – Hellenism Arrives–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 10 – Jubilees and 1 Enoch–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 11 – The Revolt of the Maccabees–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 12 – The Hasmonean Kings–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 13 – Origins of Jewish Sectarianism–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 14 – Hellenistic Judaism–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 15 – Herod the Great–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 16 – Philo–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 17 – The Dead Sea Scrolls–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 18 – Jesus and Other Strange Jews–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 19 – Josephus–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 20 – The First Century–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 21 – Destruction–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 22 – After the Destruction: A Beginning or an End?–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Professor Michael L. Satlow specializes in Early Judaism and has written extensively on issues of gender, sexuality, and marriage among Jews in antiquity, as well as on the Dead Sea scrolls, Jewish theology, methodology in Religious Studies, and the social history of Jews during the rabbinic period. His latest book is entitled Creating Judaism.
The following is a talk by Geza Vermes on ‘The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls’.
The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a lecture presented by Professor Geza Vermes at Louisiana State University’s Hill Memorial Library on September 29, 2009. Geza Vermes was born at Mako in Hungary in 1924. He studied in Budapest and in Louvain (Belgium), where he read Theology and Oriental history and languages, and in 1953 obtained a doctorate with a dissertation on the historical framework of the Dead Sea Scrolls.