IOQS

The International Organization for Qumran Studies

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The 9th International Symposion on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls & Ben Sira, University of Toronto / McMaster University, Canada, April 9–11, 2019

9th ISHDSSBS, 2019

University of Haifa, Dept. of Jewish History and Bible: Valler Fellowship

IOQS 10th Meeting Aberdeen (The DSS in the Context of Hellenistic Judea) – Call for Papers Deadline extended!

(Thanks to Patrick Angiolillo)

Since the online proposal submission system is the same for IOSOT and all the affiliate meetings, …

… the IOQS deadline for submitting papers is also extended to March 10, 2019!

Call for Papers:
A Halakhic Concordance in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, Flavius Josephus, and the New Testament
(17-18 July, 2019, Jerusalem, Israel)

(On behalf of Claude Cohen-Matlofsky)

A Halakhic Concordance in the DSS, Philo, Flavius Josephus and the New Testament (and more broadly the Second Temple Sources)

Call for Papers

Conveners: Claude Cohen-Matlofsky and Arnaud Sérandour


17-18 July, 2019 Jerusalem, Israel


The goal of this research project is the production of a text-critical multiple volumes corpus of comparative Halakhah based on all currently available Second Temple sources. The purpose is to show both the concordance and discordance in the observance of Halakhah and the discussions in process for Halakhah in Second Temple period sources; in other words: the « Halakhah in the making ». Please note that we intend to leave aside the rabbinic literature for purpose of methodology.
Furthermore, the use of the terms « Halakhah » and « halakhic » for the project will be discussed in introduction of the corpus.


Presenters will have ample time to present their work, followed by a generous period for discussion with other symposium participants, including Eyal Regev, Tal Ilan, Vered Noam.

We invite paper proposals from scholars, advanced doctoral students, recent PhDs, and postdocs, whose work addresses the questions of our symposium. Proposals of 1,000–2,000 words, based on projects that are well under way, should be sent to Claude Cohen-Matlofsky (claudematlofsky|at|hotmail.com).

Scripta Qumranica Electronica: Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Haifa (academic years 2019–21)

The German-Israeli research project Scripta Qumranica Electronica seeks applications for a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Haifa. This is an opportunity for gaining expertise in advanced methodologies of scrolls research and digital editions, in a cooperative environment.

The fellowship term is October 2019 – March 2021. Prolongation until October 2021 is possible. The annual sum of the fellowship is 22,000 Euro (payed in Shekels), and the relative part thereof for additional months. No further benefits are provided.

The project Scripta Qumranica Electronica develops new tools and digital editions of the Qumran Scrolls, in cooperation with the universities of Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Göttingen, as well as with the Israel Antiquities Authority. The Haifa branch of the project focuses on the creation of digital editions, using paleography, philology, material reconstructions and digital tools. In particular, the team studies the cryptic texts from Qumran and the copies of the composition ‘Musar LaMevin’.

The successful candidate will:

  • Pursue a project with connection to the Haifa team’s immediate interests (as indicated above).
  • Gain expertise in the material study of scrolls, combining new technologies.
  • Enrich the team with his or her abilities.
  • Contribute to planning and carrying out digital editions.
  • Participate in tasks, such as: text encoding, linking text with images.
  • Take part in the communal work of the Haifa team, and of SQE in general.
  • Be present in Haifa for at least 2 days a week.
  • Work with SQE partners in Israel and abroad.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Excellent doctorate (PhD) in the Dead Sea Scrolls or related fields. The doctorate should be already approved by Oct 2019, and not earlier than 2014.
  • Experience with one or more of the following: manuscripts, reconstruction of scrolls, critical editions, paleography, or digital humanities in general.
  • Desirables:
    • Competence in Modern Hebrew and in relevant ancient languages.
    • Experience with code developing, computer interfaces for manuscripts, graphics software, TEI, databases.

Candidates will send the following documents to Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov:

  • CV
  • list of publications
  • letter (1–3 pages) of declaration on the candidate’s suitability for the project
  • detailing current and future research
  • one letter of recommendation, to be sent directly by the letter’s author

Last application date: March 25th 2019. Queries can be sent to the address above.

Qumrân en contexte (Programme 2018–2019; Séminaire Qumrân de Paris)

(c/o Claude Cohen-Matlofsky)

SÉMINAIRE QUMRÂN DE PARIS

QUESTIONS ACTUELLES SUR LES MANUSCRITS DE LA MER MORTE ET LES LITTERATURES CONNEXES

Programme 2018–2019: Qumrân en contexte

Fondateur: Francis Schmidt (Directeur d’études, EPHE) Responsables: Arnaud Sérandour (EPHE) et Claude Cohen-Matlofski (IUEJ)
Le mardi de 12h à 14h: Institut protestant de théologie: 83, bd Arago 75013 Paris, salle 21 (métro: Denfert-Rochereau ou Saint-Jacques)

Mardi 13 novembre 2018:
Dariusz Dlugosz (Musée du Louvre): « L’archéologie et les manuscrits de Qumrân dans les collections à Paris »

Mardi 11 décembre 2018:
Loren Stuckenbruck (Université de Munich): « The Concept of Time in the New Testament: From Ethiopic Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Back Again »

Mardi 29 janvier 2019:
Matthieu Richelle (Faculté de Théologie de Vaux-sur-Seine): « L’écriture paléo-hébraïque aux époques perse, hellénistique et romaine »

Mardi 12 février 2019:
Emma Abate (Postdoc EPHE): « les démons dans les rouleaux: aperçu général sur la magie dans les manuscrits de la mer Morte »

Mardi 12 mars 2019:
Claude Cohen-Matlofsky (Institut Élie Wiesel): « Étude prosopographique sur Flavius Josèphe, l’homme, ses ambitions et son silence sur le phénomène Qumrân »

Mardi 09 avril 2019:
Arnaud Sérandour (EPHE): « L’araméen dans les manuscrits de la mer Morte »

Mardi 21 mai 2019:
David Hamidovic (Université de Lausanne): « L’économie divine du pauvre dans les textes de Qumrân »

Mardi 11 juin 2019:
Antony Perrot (Doctorant EPHE): « Pour une meilleure reconstruction du manuscrit opisthographe 4Q503/4Q512 »

Avec le soutien des fondations Académie Hillel et Connaissance des Religions du Livre sous égides de la Fondation du Judaïsme Français.

Update: 10th Meeting of the IOQS (Aberdeen, 4‒8 August, 2019): Call for Papers now open!

Tenth Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (Aberdeen, Scotland, 4‒8 August, 2019)

The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Hellenistic Judea

Call for Papers Open

The Scrolls are viewed more and more within their wider cultural, historical, and geographic context, and previous categorizations based on sectarianism, canonicity, or genre are being re-thought. For the special topic of the IOQS meeting, we welcome papers that consider the scrolls in their wider context of Hellenistic Judea and beyond.

The field of Qumran studies is no longer necessarily focused on the area where the scrolls were discovered. For example, archaeological study of Judea and Galilee has made advances during recent years, and the history of the Hasmonean rulers and their policies is increasingly placed in the wider context of power negotiations throughout the region. Papers may investigate how the scrolls should be viewed in light of new results in other fields (e.g., archaeology, history, paleography), or how the scrolls help to understand this particular cultural, historical, and geographic context. Proposals by scholars with expertise in other fields relevant to the scrolls are also welcome. Papers may seek to address how the scrolls and their producers interact with or represent a part of the wider landscape of Second Temple Judaism: how we negotiate balance between what is distinctive about Qumran evidence and what is “universal” or more broadly shared.

IOQS wishes to encourage scholars and PhD candidates at all levels who are working on the topic to propose a paper for the meeting. Papers that are directly related to the topic of the meeting will be considered for publication in a corresponding volume of the STDJ series.


In addition, those working on other topics are encouraged to submit papers on any area of Qumran studies for one or more open sessions.

Paper proposals should be sent with the following information: name, academic institution, paper title, and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts should include explicit mention of the sources that will be discussed, a clearly formulated hypothesis, argument, or research question, and (with the special topic), consideration of which type of context is investigated and related to the scrolls.

Proposals should be submitted before 28 February, 2019 via the IOSOT Aberdeen website. For any questions, please contact IOQS president, Jutta Jokiranta, jutta.jokiranta|at|helsinki.fi, or secretary Molly Zahn, mzahn|at|ku.edu. To submit your paper you are required to first register for the IOSOT/IOQS. You will receive an email confirming your registration, after which you will be able to submit your proposal. Submitted proposals may be amended, if necessary, prior to the deadline. Proposals will be reviewed and accepted or rejected by the IOQS Executive Committee.
To submit your paper, see here or submit directly here.

10th Meeting of the IOQS (Aberdeen, 4‒8 August, 2019): Call for Papers

Tenth Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (Aberdeen, Scotland, 4‒8 August, 2019)

(23rd Congress of the International Organisation for the Study of the Old Testament)

The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Hellenistic Judea

Call for papers

The Scrolls are viewed more and more within their wider cultural, historical, and geographic context, and previous categorizations based on sectarianism, canonicity, or genre are being re-thought. For the special topic of the IOQS meeting, we welcome papers that consider the scrolls in their wider context of Hellenistic Judea and beyond.

The field of Qumran studies is no longer necessarily focused on the area where the scrolls were discovered. For example, archaeological study of Judea and Galilee has made advances during recent years, and the history of the Hasmonean rulers and their policies is increasingly placed in the wider context of power negotiations throughout the region. Papers may investigate how the scrolls should be viewed in light of new results in other fields (e.g., archaeology, history, paleography), or how the scrolls help to understand this particular cultural, historical, and geographic context. Proposals by scholars with expertise in other fields relevant to the scrolls are also welcome. Papers may seek to address how the scrolls and their producers interact with or represent a part of the wider landscape of Second Temple Judaism: how we negotiate balance between what is distinctive about Qumran evidence and what is “universal” or more broadly shared.

IOQS wishes to encourage scholars and PhD candidates at all levels who are working on the topic to propose a paper for the meeting. Papers that are directly related to the topic of the meeting will be considered for publication in a corresponding volume of the STDJ series. In addition, those working on other topics are encouraged to submit papers on any area of Qumran studies for one or more open sessions.

The call for papers will be opened soon at IOSOT website and all proposals should be submitted through the local organizers online system, see here. For any questions concerning IOQS, please contact IOQS president, Jutta Jokiranta, jutta.jokiranta|at|helsinki.fi, or secretary Molly Zahn, mzahn|at|ku.edu. For any questions concerning the accommodation, registration, or any other general conference information, please contact the local organizers.

Paleo-Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls Website
(by Antony Perrot)

On behalf of Antony Perrot:

The Paleo-Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls Website is now available: http://www.paleohebrewdss.com/!

This website aims at sharing the palaeographic work achieved on the Paleo-Hebrew texts from Qumran. The work was carried out during the EAJS-Lab workshop entitled “Research Approaches in Hebrew Bible Manuscript Studies,” which took place in Aix-en-Provence in June of 2016.

The website provides an access to the article, the palaeographic tables produced using LaTeX, a digital access to the images of the hebrew letters and palaeo-hebrew fonts.

The project was coordinated by Antony Perrot and Matthieu Richelle. It could not have been accomplished without the support of the “Orient et Méditerannée” Laboratory (CNRS-UMR8167) and The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Survey: Professional standards and ethics regarding the use of cultural objects in Qumran Studies

This survey is designed by the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting (ISBL) program unit “Qumran and Dead Sea Scrolls” (Matthew Goff, Jutta Jokiranta, Shani Tzoref) in cooperation with members of the “Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts” research group at the University of Helsinki (Rick Bonnie, Suzie Thomas). The survey is addressed to scholars and students working with or interested in Qumran texts and objects. It aims to collect data about views and knowledge related to global antiquities trade, and clarify scholars’ role in this trade and ethical questions involved with it.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous and the information will not be used to connect answers to any individual person.

The results will be presented at the SBL International Meeting in Helsinki 31 July 2018 and, possibly, used for the publication of a research article.

The survey will take about 5 to 10 minutes and it has four sections. The questions with * need to be answered in order to proceed. We appreciate your participation.

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