The International Organization for Qumran Studies

Month: February 2019

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|

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)



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.

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