Conference: The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity
Department of History, Religions & Philosophies, SOAS, University of London
in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway
5-7 November 2018, SALT lecture theatre (S110, Paul Webley Wing)
Everyone is welcome – entrance is free of charge
Monday 5 November
14:00-14:15h: Introduction (Catherine Hezser, SOAS)
Session 1: Popular Religious Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia
14:15-15:00h: Andrew George, SOAS, University of London:
“Access to Religious Knowledge in Ancient Babylonia”.
15:00-15:45h: Sam Mirelman, SOAS, University of London:
“Public Lamentation in Ancient Mesopotamia”.
15:45-16:15h: Coffee break
Session 2: Judean Communities of the Second Temple Period
16:15-17:00h: Diana Edelman, University of Oslo:
“How was Jewish Religious Knowledge Disseminated in Judean Communities ca. 350-30 BCE?”
17:00-17:45h: David Hamidovic, University of Lausanne:
“The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge in the Community of Qumran”.
Tuesday 6 November
Session 3: Rabbis and “Popular” Judaism
9:30-10:15h: Philip Alexander, University of Manchester:
“’If They Are Not Prophets, They Are Sons of Prophets’: Folk Religion (minhag) as a Source of Rabbinic Law”.
10:15-11:00h: Catherine Hezser, SOAS, University of London:
“Interaction between Rabbis and Non-Rabbinic Jews in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity”.
11:00-11:30h: Coffee Break
Session 4: Liturgy and the Synagogue
11:30-12:15h: Anders Runesson, University of Oslo:
“The Role of the Synagogue in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Late Antiquity”.
12:15-13:00h: Stefan Reif, University of Cambridge:
“Medieval Jewish Prayers and Rituals as Religious Education”.
13:00-14:00h: Lunch break
Session 5: Near Middle Eastern Christian Communities
14:00-14:45h: Hugo Lundhaug, University of Oslo:
“The Use and Dissemination of Apocrypha in Egyptian Monasteries”.
14:45-15:30h: Erica Hunter, SOAS, University of London:
“Public and Private Religious Practices Amongst the Christian Communities of Mesopotamia”.
Wednesday 7 November
Session 6: Material Culture and Women’s Religiosity
9:30-10:15h: Annette Weissenrieder, University of Halle:
“The Function of Material Culture in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Ancient Christianity”.
10:15-11:00h: Christine Amadou, University of Oslo:
“The Tecla Tradition and Women’s Religious Knowledge in Early Christianity”.
11:00-11:30h: Coffee break.
Session 7: Reading, Education, and Scholastic Transmission
11:30-12:15h: Hindy Najman, University of Oxford:
“Reading Practices and the Vitality of Scripture”.
12:15-13:00h: Jan Stenger, University of Glasgow:
“Religious Knowledge and Models of Authority in Sixth-Century Gaza”.
13:00-13:45h: Holger Zellentin, University of Cambridge:
“The Transmission of Legal and Literary Features of Late Antique Literature into the Qur’anic Milieu”.
14:00-15:00h: Final discussions over lunch.
For further information please contact Prof. Catherine Hezser (firstname.lastname@example.org)