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Hebrew, Jewish, Early Christian Studies Seminar overview

Hebrew, Jewish, Early Christian Studies Seminar

This seminar meets on Mondays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room. The convenors are Professor Nicholas de Lange, Professor William Horbury, and Dr James Carleton Paget

Papers at the seminar range over Hebrew and Jewish studies, on topics from the Greek and Roman periods onwards, and Roman-period Christianity in its Jewish setting.

Foci of interest from time to time have included:

  • Philo and Josephus
  • Jewish inscriptions and papyri
  • rabbinic texts
  • Jewish biblical interpretation
  • Greek-speaking Judaism from ancient to modern times
  • Hebrew, Greek and Latin as Jewish languages
  • Jewish aspects of New Testament and patristic writings
  • Jews and Christians in the Roman empire
  • Roman Judaea
  • mediaeval Jewish-Christian relations
  • Hebrew in the church
  • Jewish and Christian prayer and hymnody
  • the history of the synagogue
  • early modern reaction to Jewish mysticism, and
  • Byzantine Hebrew literature


 Lent Term 2017 Programme:

Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity on Mondays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room

  •  23rd January:  'Elias Bickerman’s The God of the Maccabees: was his conception influenced by his Russian background?' ~ Dr Irina Levinskaya
  • 6th February:  ‘The Toldot Jeshu and the Trévoux Case (1429)’ ~ Dr Daniel Barbu
  • 20th February:  ‘Jews and Christians at Dura Europos  - Art, Archaeology and Religion in Roman Syria’ ~ Professor Samuel Lieu
  • 6th March: ‘Ezekiel the Tragedian: Moses, Hesiod, Callimachus, and the pre-history of the Jewish canon of scripture’ ~ Mr Max Kramer