Upcoming Events

The Same Old Story, or Perhaps not: Paratexts of Mayse-bukh (Basel 1602)

March 19, 2018

11:00-12:00 p.m.
Lown 315

by Dr. Claudia Rosenzweig, Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Rosenzweig's lecture will focus on how traditional tales were marketed to the Yiddish reading public in Early Modern Yiddish print culture.

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Offered in YDSH 20b:  Continuing Yiddish with Professor Ellen Kellman.

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies


March 20, 2018

12-1:30 p.m.
Lown 315

  • Socialize with friends and faculty
  • Preview Fall 2018 courses
  • Meet our UDR’s, Joey and Leah
Enjoy Kosher Asian-Fusion food!

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First Press: Early Evidence for Anatolian Wine

March 20, 2018

5-6:20 p.m.
Lown 315

Lecture by Gojko Barjamovik, Senior Lecturer on Assyriology, Harvard University

The Assyrian merchant records from Kültepe dating ca. 2000 BC contain the first clear textual references to the production and trade in wine in Anatolia. Being mainly commercial in nature, they provide some information about origin and trade patterns, as well as occasional hints to the consumption (ritual and festive), production, and storage of wine. This paper presents a case study of how this textual evidence can be linked to a growing material and pictorial record, and recent paleobotanical studies, to form a broader picture of the earliest relatively well-documented case of production, trade and consumption of wine in the region.

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Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Martin Weiner Fund

Inequality in the Study of Antiquity: The Levites and "Ethnicity"

March 29, 2018

5-6:20 p.m.
Lown 315

Lecture by Brian Rainey, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary

In Professor Rainey’s exploration of historical scholarly controversy he will discuss the following questions…

  • · Were the Levites a “tribe?”
  • Is a tribe a type of ethnic group or is a tribe fundamentally different from an ethnic group?
  • · What is the definition of an ethnic group?
  • · What criteria would help define “ethnicity” or “tribalism” in biblical texts?
  • · Would “caste” or “class” be more appropriate?

The lecture will delve into a variety of biblical texts to theorize which anthropological term(s) might best describe the Levites, as depicted in biblical texts.

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Co-sponsored by Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and its graduate program in Bible and Ancient Near East, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a generous grant from the Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming.