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The International Organization for Qumran Studies

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SÉMINAIRE QUMRÂN DE PARIS — Programme 2019-2020

QUESTIONS ACTUELLES SUR LES MANUSCRITS DE LA MER MORTE ET LES LITTÉRATURES CONNEXES: QUMRÂN EN CONTEXTE

Fondateur: Francis SCHMIDT (Directeur d’études, EPHE)
Responsables: Arnaud SÉRANDOUR (EPHE) et Claude COHEN-MATLOFSKY (IUEJ)

Le mardi de 12h à 14h

Institut protestant de théologie: 83, bd Arago 75013 Paris, salle 22 (métro: Denfert-Rochereau ou Saint-Jacques).

Mardi 12 novembre 2019 Tal Ilan (Université Libre de Berlin): « Queen Shelamzion Alexandra in Qumran ».
Mardi 17 décembre 2019 Arnaud Sérandour (EPHE): « Hanukka et calendriers dans les manuscrits de la mer Morte ».
Mardi 14 janvier 2020 Hindy Najman (Université d’Oxford): « Rethinking the context for the Dead Sea Scrolls: Hellenistic philosophy and Jewish theology ».
Mardi 4 février 2020 Emma Abate (CNRS): « Les démons dans les rouleaux: aperçu général sur la magie dans les manuscrits de la mer Morte ».
Mardi 10 mars 2020 David Hamidovic (Université de Lausanne): « Les mémoires du Maître de Justice ».
Mardi 21 avril 2020 Claude Cohen-Matlofsky (IUEJ): « La Halakhah en devenir: le cas du Shabbat à Qumrân, chez Flavius Josèphe, Philon d’Alexandrie et le Nouveau Testament ».
Mardi 12 mai 2020 Pierluigi Piovanelli (EPHE/Université d’Ottawa): « Jésus, Hénoch et Qumrân — Ce que John P. Meier n’a pas vu ».
Mardi 9 juin 2020 Claude Cohen-Matlofsky (IUEJ) et Arnaud Sérandour (EPHE): « Présentation du projet de recherche: La Halakhah en devenir à travers les sources du Second Temple ».

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

Preliminary Programme for the 10th Meeting of the IOQS in Aberdeen, 4–8 August, 2019: “The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Hellenistic Judea”

2020 Dirk Smilde Fellowship and Research Seminar (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

The Qumran Institute at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen is very pleased to announce the 2020 Dirk Smilde Fellow, Annette Yoshiko Reed. Thanks to the generous support of the Dirk Smilde Foundation and the Ubbo Emmius Funds, Professor Reed will be in residence at the Qumran Institute in Winter 2020 in order to work on her project “Judaism, Christianity, and the Forgotten Past,” and to run the corresponding research seminar.

Judaism, Christianity, and the Forgotten Past 

The 19th and 20th centuries were marked by a series of manuscript discoveries–from Oxyrhynchus Papyri to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi codices–that opened up astonishing new perspectives on the ancient Jewish and Christian past. Since then, much research has been dedicated to reconstructing fragmentary texts, lost voices, and forgotten sects and perspectives. Due to the success of this research, it is now an apt moment to step back and also consider what was forgotten, how, and why. The more we learn from the Dead Sea Scrolls and other such manuscript finds, the more we come to realize how much of the literary heritage of Second Temple Judaism came to be lost to later Jews and Christians. New questions arise, thus, about the selectivity in the preservation of the Second Temple past and the place of forgetting in the memory-making of Judaism and Christianity. This research project is an experiment in reassessing the Second Temple past and its reception within Judaism, Christianity, and modern scholarship, with a focus on what was forgotten.  Many studies have drawn on the Dead Sea Scrolls, for instance, to trace histories of interpretation and reception into Late Antiquity and beyond. But what might these data also tell us about loss, rupture, overwriting, and erasure? Is it possible to draw upon theoretical models from the study of collective memory and cultural amnesia better to understand these dynamics, and in the process, to recover a richer understanding of the evolving place of the Second Temple past in the contested identities and intertwined histories of Judaism and Christianity? And how much such perspectives, in turn, also challenge us to rethink our modern scholarly narratives about Jewish and Christian antiquity?  

The Research Seminar will have as its backbone a series of lectures by the 2020 Dirk Smilde Professorial Research Fellow, Annette Yoshiko Reed. These lectures will focus especially on the Christian memory and forgetting of the Second Temple Jewish past, considering key moments from antiquity and modernity alike in which what we now know as the diverse Jewish literary heritage from this period was overwritten, at some times, and reworked, recast, and recovered, at others, shaping the continued formation of Christian identities in relation to Judaism. 

Topics to be addressed in the weekly seminars led by participants might include: 

  • Memory Studies and its power and limits for understanding ancient Judaism and Christianity
  • Premodern and/or modern examples of the historiography of Second Temple Judaism (scholarly and otherwise) 
  • Examples of later Jewish and/or Christian reception of Second Temple texts and traditions (late antique, medieval, modern)
  • Test-cases in both continuity and rupture in relation to DSS and later Jewish and/or Christian traditions  
  • Examples of premodern narratives or reflections about the forgotten past (e.g., lost books)
  • Examples of modern scholarly discussions revolutionized by DSS and other MSS discoveries 

Annette Yoshiko Reed is presently an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Her research spans Second Temple Judaism and Late Antiquity, with a special concern for reception-history, so-called “apocrypha” and “pseudepigrapha,” and problems of historiography and identity. Her publications include Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity (2005), Jewish-Christianity and the History of Judaism (2018), and Demons, Angels, and Writing in Ancient Judaism (forthcoming).

Announcing the 2020 Dirk Smilde Scholarships

In coordination with Professor Reed’s fellowship, we will select (2) Dirk Smilde Scholarship recipients, junior scholars (PhD or Postdoc level) who will each spend 3 months at the Qumran Institute and participate in the research seminar and the intellectual community of the Institute. Calls for applications will be sent in Fall 2019. Please be on the look out and notify anyone who might be interested in this unique opportunity.

Please direct any inquiries to Jason M. Zurawski (j.m.zurawski(at)rug.nl).

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

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).

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.

Just published

La Bibliothèque de Qumran 3B:

https://www.editionsducerf.fr/librairie/livre/18366/la-bibliotheque-de-qumran-3b-torah-deuteronome-et-pentateuque

With the contribution of:

Marie-France Dion
Damien Labadie
Michaël Langlois
Thierry Legrand
Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra

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