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Hilary Term 2014

GRINFIELD LECTURES ON THE SEPTUAGINT 2013-14
Nicholas De Lange, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Cambridge
‘Japheth in the Tents of Shem: Greek Bible translations in Medieval Judaism’
Hilary Term 2014 (6th Week)


Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies
The Reception of Josephus in the Early Modern Period
Wednesdays at 2.30-4pm in the Quarrell Room, Exeter College (except in week 2)
Hilary Term 2014

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies
"On the Word of a Jew": Oaths, Testimonies and the Nature of Trust
Wednesdays at 4.30pm in the Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2014

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesdays at 8pm at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies, Yarnton
Hilary Term 2014

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursday, weeks 1 and 5, at 1pm in the Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2014


SEMINAR ON JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN PERIOD

TUESDAYS, 2.30 TO 4 PM IN THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE

Week 1: January 21: Dr Helen Spurling (Southampton)
'Jewish apocalypticism in the seventh-eighth centuries CE'

Week 2: January 28: Amit Gvaryahu (Hebrew University)
'Usurers and other problematic professions in tannaitic literature'

Week 3: February 4: Dr Meir Ben Shahar (Hebrew University)
'The rise of historical consciousness in rabbinic literature: from the Mishnah to the Babylonian Talmud''

Week 4: February 11: Professor Sacha Stern (UCL)
'Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer and the origins of the 19-year cycle'

Week 5: February 18: Professor David Jacobson (UCL)
'Hasmonean coinage: some issues and fresh insights'

Week 6: February 25: Professor Nicholas de Lange (Cambridge)
'Aquila fragments from the Genizah' (GRINFIELD LECTURE)

Week 7: March 4: Dr David Taylor (Wolfson)
'Jewish exegetical traditions in Syriac sources'

 Week 8: March 11: Dr Peter Stewart (Wolfson)
'The Beth Alpha synagogue mosaic and late antique provincialism'


 

Michaelmas Term 2013

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies
"On the Word of a Jew": Oaths, Testimonies and the Nature of Trust
Wednesdays at 3pm in the Oriental Institute (weeks 2-8)
Michaelmas Term 2013

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesdays at 8pm at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies, Yarnton
Michaelmas Term 2013


SEMINAR ON JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN PERIOD
TUESDAYS, 2.30 TO 4 PM IN THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE

Week 1: October 15: Professor Chris Rowland (Queen's)
'The Open Heaven revisited'

Week 2: October 22: Dr David Noy (University of Wales Trinity St David)
'Jews in the western provinces of the Roman Empire'

Week 3: October 29: Professor Martin Goodman
'Jewish communal identities in the Graeco-Roman period'

Week 4: November 5: Dr Ruth Sheridan (Charles Sturt University)
'Tannaitic conceptions of the zekhut avot'

Week 5: November 12: Aron Sterk (Manchester University)
'Jews in the Latin West in Late Antiquity: forgotten communities and texts'

Week 6: November 19: Dr Susan Walker (Ashmolean)
'Jewish gold-glass and funerary inscriptions from Vigna Randanini'

Week 7: November 26: Marton Ribary (Manchester University)
'Tannaitic counter-identity and changes of the "digital halakhah"'

Week 8: December 3: Dr Lutz Doering (Durham University)
'Fictive kinship terminology in Jewish texts of the Graeco-Roman period'


 

Trinity Term 2013

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies
Orthodoxy, Theological Debate and Conetemproary Judaism:
A Critical Exploration of Questions Raised in the Thought of Louis Jacobs
Wednesdays at 3pm in the Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2013

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesdays at 8pm at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies, Yarnton
Trinity Term 2013


Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursdays at 1pm at the Oriental Institute

Week 3: 9 May
Professor Gershon Greenberg (American University)
Tapping into the Sacred: The Awakening of Orthodox Judaism in German D.P. camps (1945-1948)

Week 5: 23 May
Professor Stephen Geller (Jewish Theological Seminary, New York)
Axial Age Biblical Psalms


Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays, 2.30 to 4pm in the Oriental Institute

Week 2: April 30: Professor Jim Davila (St Andrews)
'Translating the Hekhalot literature'

Week 3: May 7: David Friedman (Wolfson)
'Josephus on the Jews' Egyptian origins'

Week 4: May 14: Jonathan Davies (Lady Margaret Hall)
'Josephus, Rome and Divine Intervention: the case of Gaius Caligula'

Week 5: May 21: Professor John Barclay (Durham)
'Justice and Mercy: 4 Ezra and the Second Temple debate concerning Divine Grace'

Week 6: May 28: Dr Oded Irshai (Hebrew University)
'The paradigm of late antique rabbinization'

Week 8: June 11: Dr Aron Sterk (Manchester)
'Jews in the Latin West in Late Antiquity: forgotten communities and texts'

Martin Goodman, Geza Vermes and Alison Salvesen


The Catherine Lewis Master Classes
The Jewish Library: The Material History of Four Jewish Classic Texts

A series of seminars with Dr David Stern ( University)
Convenor: Dr César Merchán Hamann (OCHJS/ The Bodleian)

The Seminars will take place in Week 2 from 1.30 -3.30pm in the Group Study Room of the Radcliffe Science Library.
Programme


 

Hilary Term 2013

Seminar in Modern European Jewish History
Mondays at 11.10am in the Platnauer Room, Brasenose College
Hilary Term 2013

Seminar in Israel Studies
Mondays, 4-6pm at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
Weeks 2 to 7, Hilary Term 2013

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies
Orthodoxy, Theological Debate and Contemporary Judaism:
A Critical Exploration of Questions Raised in the Thought of Louis Jacobs
Wednesdays at 3pm in the Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2013

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesdays at 8pm at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies, Yarnton
Hilary Term 2013

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish History
Thursdays at 1pm in Room 314, Oriental Institute
Weeks 3 and 6, Hilary Term 2013


SEMINAR ON JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN PERIOD

TUESDAYS, 2.30 TO 4 PM IN THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE

Week 1: January 15:  Tessa Rajak (Somerville) and Martin Goodman, 'The reception of Josephus to 1750'
Week 2: January 22: QUMRAN FORUM : Joan Taylor (King's College London), 'The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea' (chaired by Geza Vermes (Director of the Qumran Forum))
Week 3: January 29: James Kugel (Bar-Ilan University and Harvard University), 'The book of Jubilees and ancient biblical interpretation'
Week 4: February 5: Michael Avioz (Bar-Ilan University), 'Josephus' interpretation of the Book of Samuel'
Week 5: February 12: Jang S. Ryu (University), 'Philo's discourses of knowledge between Alexandria and Rome'
Week 6: February 19: Laliv Clenman (Leo Baeck College and King's College London) , 'The Palestinian Talmud and Pinchas the Zealot'
Week 7: February 26: Arye Edrei (Tel-Aviv University), 'A split diaspora?'
Week 8: March 5: George Carras (Washington and Lee University), 'Torah observance in diaspora Judaism: Josephus, Philo and Pseudo-Phocylides'


 

Michaelmas Term 2012

SYMPOSIUM ON DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE MACCABEES

Tuesday October 16th, 2012 in the Oriental Institute, from 2 to 6.30pm

2.00 - 4.00 p.m. Dr John Ma (Corpus Christi): Presentation of the documents.
4.00 - 4.30 p.m. Tea
4.30 - 5.00 p.m. John Ma: 'A proposal for the interpretation of the documents: the status of the Jews before the Maccabees, the foundation of Antiocheia, "persecution" and the end of "persecution".'
5.00 - 5.45 p.m. Professor Robert Doran (Amherst): 'A response to John Ma's proposals and a discussion of their implications.'
5.45 - 6.30 p.m. Discussion
6.30 - 7.00 p.m. Drinks

All welcome.

If you need further information, please contact Martin Goodman at the Oriental Institute (martin.goodman@orinst.ox.ac.uk).

Documents about the Maccabees


The David Patterson Seminars

Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
Michaelams Term 2012


The Purim-­shpil and Beyond: A Seminar on Jewish Theatre

Thursdays, 2.30‐4.00pm, Room 314 Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane
Michaelams Term 2012


 SEMINAR ON JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN PERIOD

MACCABEES, HASMONAEANS AND THEIR LEGACY

The following seminars will be held in the Oriental Insitute from 2.30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays (apart from the special symposium on 16 October, which will be held from 2 to 6.30 p.m.)

Dr John Ma (Corpus Christi) and Professor Robert Doran (Amherst):
      16 October: Symposium on documents relating to the Maccabees (*to be held from 2 to 6.30 pm; details on the Oriental Studies faculty website)

Dr John Ma:
      23 October: 'The documents and the Maccabees: a response to Robert Doran'

Dr Sebastian Brock (Oriental Institute):
      30 October: 'The mother of the Maccabees and her seven sons in the Syriac tradition'

Professor Philip Alexander (Manchester):
     6 November: 'The foreign policy of the Hasmonaeans'

Professor Tessa Rajak (Oriental Institute and Somerville):
    13 November: 'The Maccabaean martyrs between Judaism and Christianity'

Professor Sidnie Crawford (Nebraska-Lincoln):
    20 November: 'The Qumran collection as a scribal collection and its relation to the library of Judah Maccabee'

Professor Dov Gera (Ben Gurion):
    27 November: 'The Seleucids: administrative reform and religious persecution'


 

Trinity Term 2012

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesday at 2.30pm, Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2012

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
Trinity Term 2012

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursdays 1pm, Oriental Institute, Room 314
Trinity Term 2012


 

Hilary Term 2012

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesday s at 2.30pm in the Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2012

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
 Hilary Term 2012

European Seminar on Advanced Jewish Studies
OLD YIDDISH: OLD TEXTS, NEW CONTEXTS

Thursdays 2.00 - 4.30pm in the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL)
Hilary Term 2012

Interdisciplinary Seminars in the Study of Religions
Gender & Religions

Alternate Thursdays, 2:15pm, Theology Faculty Centre Board Room
Hilary Term 2012

SEESOX Seminar Series on South East Europe
Week 6 Monday 20 February
From Aleph to Elif: The birth-pangs of Judeo-Turkish literature
Laurent Mignon
(St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Discussant: Celia Kerslake (St Antony’s College, Oxford)


Michaelmas Term 2011

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
 Michaelmas Term 2011

European Seminar on Advanced Jewish Studies
OLD YIDDISH: OLD TEXTS, NEW CONTEXTS

Thursdays (except week 2) 2.00 - 4.30pm in the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL)
Michaelmas Term 2011

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursdays 1pm, Oriental Institute, Room 314
Michaelmas Term 2011


SEMINAR ON JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN PERIOD:
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND RELATED TOPICS

Tuesdays, 2.30 to 4 pm, in the Oriental Institute

Oct 11   Dr Joan Taylor (KCL): 'Essenes in second- to fourth-century literature'
Oct 18  Prof. George Brooke (Manchester): 'Reading, searching and blessing: a functional approach to the genres of scriptural interpretation in the Yahad'
Oct 25   Dr Daniel Falk (Oregon): 'Petition and ideology in the Dead Sea Scrolls'
Nov 1  Dr Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham):  'The Yahad's table: meals in the Serekh tradition'
Nov 8   Dr Esther Eshel  (Bar Ilan):  'The Giant's Regret in a new fragment of Enoch'
Nov 15  Prof. James McLaren (Australian Catholic University): 'Spartans in disguise? Josephus, Essenes and Qumran'
Nov 22  Dr Dorothy Peters  (Trinity Western University):  'In whose hand the sword? Divine and human initiatives in the Dead Sea Scrolls'
Nov 29  Prof. Geza Vermes  (Oxford):  'The 60th anniversary of the first doctorate on the Dead Sea scrolls: the history of research'


Tfu-tfu-tfu!: Cursing and Blessing in Yiddish

A lecture given by Professor Chava Turniansky of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
7pm, Monday 24 October 2011
Jewish Museum London
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB


 

Trinity Term 2011

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
The seminar on Week 2 has been cancelled
Trinity Term 2011

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursdays 1pm, Oriental Institute, Room 314
Trinity Term 2011 (Weeks 3 and 7)

The Material Texts of the Genizah Collection at the Bodleian Library:
A New Approach to Genizah Research

Thursdays, 2.15pm at Exeter College
Trinity Term 2011


EUROPEAN SEMINAR ON ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

A NEW APPROACH TO CAIRO GENIZAH RESEARCH:
THE MATERIAL TEXTS OF FRAGMENTS

Convenor: Piet van Boxel
Conference at The Bodleian Library (Clarendon Building) Broad Street on 22-23 June 2011
Please register by e-mailing <enquiries @ochjs.ac.uk>

Programme



Hilary Term 2011

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays at 2.30 pm, Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2011 (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8)

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
Hilary Term 2011

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursdays 1pm, Oriental Institute, Room 314
Hilary Term 2011 (Weeks 3 and 7)

SEMINAR: READING TALMUD

Professor Shamma Friedman
(JTS ,New York/ Schechter Institute, Jerusalem)
will lead a seminar at 5pm at the Oriental Institute on the following dates:

Week 1: Tuesday 18 January
Week 2: Wednesday 26 January
Week 3: Tuesday 1 February

ALL WELCOME


MASTER CLASSES

Professor Shamma Friedman
(JTS ,New York/ Schechter Institute, Jerusalem)

5pm at the Oriental Institute

Monday 21 February
"Now You See It, Now You Don't: Can Source-Criticism Perform Magic on Talmudic Passages about Sorcery?"

Tuesday 22 February
"Maimonides and Anthropomorphism - Allowing the Aggadah to Speak for Itself"


18th ANNUAL STENCL LECTURE IN YIDDISH

Week 6, Thursday 24 February,
5pm at the Taylor Institution

Professor Simon Neuberg
(University of Trier)

“Between the Author and the Text:
Printing Early Yiddish Books”


GRINFIELD LECTURES ON THE SEPTUAGINT 2010-11

John Lee
(St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College, New South Wales)

The Language of the Septuagint (First series)

Mon: 21 Feb: ‘Evidence.’
Wed: 23 Feb: ‘Language variation.’
Thur: 24 Feb: ‘Literary language.’

at 5.00 pm in the Examination Schools


A Lecture in Memory of Louis Jacobs

Professor Michael Fishbane
(Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Chicago and
Visiting Harold Hyams Wingate Foundation Fellow at OCHJS)

“The Kabbalistic Ethics of R. Moshe Cordovero.
The Practice of Imitatio Dei”

5pm, Monday 7th March 2011 at the Oriental Institute



Michaelmas Term 2010

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays at 2.30 pm, Oriental Institute, Room 314
Michaelmas Term 2010 (Weeks 1-4)

Research Seminar in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions
Wednesdays at 5pm, Oriental Institute, Lecture Room 1
Michaelmas Term 2010 (Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8)

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
Michaelmas Term 2010

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursdays at 1.00pm in the Oriental Institute, Room 314

Week 3: 28 October
Professor Terry Lovat (University of Newcastle, NSW)
Practical Mysticism as authentic religiousness in the Semitic traditions

Week 8: 2 December
Marton Ribary (Wolfson College )
Concluding sections of Mishnah Tractates



Trinity Term 2010

Textual Criticism of Medieval Hebrew Texts & Comparison of Hebrew and Greek Manuscripts
Mondays (except week 3) 2.00pm-3.30pm, New Bodleian Library
Trinity Term 2010

Seminar on Toleration of Variety within Judaism in the Modern Period
Mondays at 2.30 p.m. (apart from Tuesday May 18 at 10 a.m.), Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2010

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays at 2.30 pm, Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2010

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday at 8pm, Yarnton Manor
Trinity Term 2010

The Reading of Hebrew and Jewish Texts in the Early Modern Period
Thursdays, 1.00pm at Exeter College
Trinity Term 2010

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursday, weeks 1, 3 and 7, Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2010



Hilary Term 2010

The Corob Lecture on Yiddish Culture
Monday 15 February 2010 at 5.00pm, Taylor Institute
Professor David G Roskies
“Crossing the Jew-Zone: Yiddish Writing and the Making of Holocaust Literature”

Seminar on Toleration of Variety within Judaism in the Medieval Period
Mondays at 2.30 p.m. (apart from Thursday Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.), Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2010

CROSSING BORDERS - Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures
Lunchtime talks followed by a guided tour of the exhibition
Tuesdays at 1.00pm-1.30pm, Convocation House
Hilary Term 2010

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays at 2.30 pm, Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2010

Greek Scripture and the Rabbis
Tuesdays at 2.30pm, Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2010

Research Seminar on the Abrahamic Religions: Contemporary Perspectives
Tuesdays at 5pm, Theology Faculty Seminar Room
Hilary Term 2010

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday evenings at Yarnton Manor at 8pm
Hilary Term 2010

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
Thursday, Weeks 2 and 6 at 1pm, Oriental Institute
Hilary Term 2010

The Reading of Hebrew and Jewish Texts in the Early Modern Period
Thursdays, 2.30pm at Exeter College
Hilary Term 2010



Michaelmas Term 2009

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday evenings at Yarnton Manor at 8pm
Michaelmas Term 2009

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays at 2.30 pm, Oriental Institute
Michaelmas Term 2009

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
1-2pm at the Oriental Institute
Michaelmas Term 2009

Corob Lecture in Yiddish Culture   
Week 4, Monday 2 November,  5pm at the Taylor Institution    
Professor Jeremy Dauber (Columbia University)   
Frightening Jews: Two Early Yiddish Ghost Stories and the Origins of Jewish Horror  

Special Seminar in Modern Jewish Literatures
Week 4, Tuesday 3 November 1pm in the Faculty Room, Oriental Institute
Professor Jeremy Dauber (Columbia University)
What Is a Yiddish Fable?: Ideology and Epistemology in the Early Modern Seyfer Mesholim



Trinity Term 2009

The David Patterson Seminars
Wednesday evenings at Yarnton Manor at 8pm
Trinity Term 2009

Seminar on Jews and Judaism in the Early Modern Period
Thursdays at 2.15pm, in the Quarrel Room, Exeter College
Trintiy Term 2009

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period
Tuesdays at 2.15 pm, Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2009

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies
1-2pm at the Oriental Institute
Trinity Term 2009

 

Hebrew and Latin Manuscripts: Codicological Features

Hebrew and Latin Manuscripts: Codicological Features
Wednesdays at 2.15pm in the New Bodleian Library
Trinity Term 2009



Hilary Term 2009

Seminars on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

The David Patterson Seminars



Michaelmas Term 2008

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies - Michaelmas Term

The David Patterson Seminars - Michaelmas Term 2008



Trinity Term 2008

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Seminar on Jews and Judaism in the Early Modern Period - Trinity Term

The David Patterson Seminars - Trinity Term

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies - Trinity Term

Catherine Lewis Master Classes “Between Early Judaism and Christianity”

Hebrew Codicology



Hilary Term 2008

Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit: The David Patterson Seminars - 8pm Wed

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco Roman period - 2.15 pm Tuesdays



Michaelmas Term 2007

Seminars in Jewish Studies - Michaelmas Term Lunchtime Seminars

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit: The David Patterson Seminars - 8pm Wed

Between Jews and Christians: the many faces of the Jewish polymath Elijah (Bocher) Levita (1469-1549) - 17-18 December 2007

Seminar in Modern European Jewish History

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco_Roman period - 2.15 pm Tuesdays