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Synagogues in the Hellenistic-Roman Period: New Finds - New Theories - New Methods - 13-14-15/06/2017, Münster (Germany)




In the last 25 years, there has been a drastic increase in the number of synagogues unearthed in Israel. Part of the reason for this increased archaeological data has been the broadening definition of Jewish assembly institutions due to their wide variance. However, such an increase in data means that critical attention must be paid to the new finds, both in order to question which should be included in this typology and to allow those that are included to refine our definitions.


Given the interdisciplinary nature of this study – incorporating as it does archaeology, history, biblical studies, religion, linguistics, political science, etc. – regular interaction with various scholars is necessary in order to maintain current knowledge of the field as it stands and to understand the progression and insights of complementary scholarship and disciplines.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14-15/06/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Universtät Münster (Münster, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Projekt C2-24 Integration und Diversifikation im palästinischen Judentum der hellenistisch-frührömischen Zeit (300 v. Chr.–135 n. Chr.) (Prof. Dr. Lutz Doering, Dr. Andrew R. Krause), Projekt A2-10 Der jüdische Nomos zwischen Normativität und Identität am Beispiel Alexandrias im 1.-3. Jh. n.Chr. (Prof. Dr. Hermut Löhr)


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Tue 13.06.2017

New Finds (Johannisstraße 4, JO 101)

09:30 – 10:15 Uzi Leibner (Hebrew U, IL) "The Debate over the Dating of the ‘Galilean’-type Synagogues: Khirbet Wadi Hamam as a Case-study”
10:15 – 11:00 Motti Aviam (Kinneret College, IL) “A 1st–2nd Century ‘Private’ Synagogue on the Top of Tel Rekhesh, Lower Galilee”
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 Mechael Osband (U Haifa, IL) “A Roman Era Synagogue at Khirbet Majdouliyah”

12:00 – 12:30 General Discussion

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch

Cultural Interactions and Influences in Diaspora Synagogues (Johannisstraße 4, JO 101)

14:30 – 15:15  Andrew Krause (WWU, D)The Rhetoric of Synagogue Space: Theoretical Considerations in the Study of Jewish Institutions in Literary Sources.”

15:15 – 16:00 Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer (U Aberdeen, UK) “Philo and the προσευχή: What Were They Doing in Second Temple Synagogues?”

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:00 Hermut Löhr (Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, D) “In Search of the Peticha: The Torah, the Prophets, and the Scriptures in the Synagogue and Beyond.”

17:00 – 17:30 General Discussion

18:00 – 19:30 Dinner

Keynote Lecture (Johannisstraße 4, JO 1)

20:00 – 21:00  Zeev Weiss (Hebrew University, IL) “The Synagogue in an Age of Transition, from the Second Temple Period to Roman Times: Recent Developments in Research”

Wed 14.06.2017

New Interpretations of Synagogue Art and Architecture (Schlossplatz 46, H2)

09:15 – 10:00  Lutz Doering (WWU, D) “The Synagogue at Migdal: Between Localised Practice and Reference to the Temple”

10:00 – 10:45 Orit Peleg-Barkat (Hebrew U, IL) “Thinking of the Temple: Allusions to the Temple in the Decoration of Synagogues and Tombs of the Early Roman Period”

10:45 – 10:50  Short Break

10:50 – 11:35 Katrin Kogman-Appel (WWU, D)  “"Dress Codes" in the Murals of the Dura Europos Synagogue”

11:35 – 12:00  General Discussion

12:00 – 13:45  Lunch (Seminarraum IJD)

New Methods, New Theories (Johannisstraße 4, JO 101)

13:45 – 14:30 Ruth Langer (Boston College, USA)  “Rabbis, Non-rabbis and Synagogues: Theory and Reality”

14:30 – 15:15 Daniel Falk (Penn State U, USA) “Prayer and the Second Temple Synagogue: Insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls”

15:15 – 15:30  Discussion

15:30 – 15:45  Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30 Clemens Leonhard (WWU, D) “Meals in / and the Synagogue”

16:30 – 17:15  Judith Newman (U Toronto, CDN) “Contextualizing the Magdala Stone: An Exercise in Liturgical Imagination”

17:15 – 18:00 Monika Trümper (FU Berlin, D) “The Synagogue in Delos Revisited”

18:00 – 18:20  General Discussion

18:30 – 21:00  Social Programme and Dinner

Thu 15.06.2017

Legal and Political Contexts of the Early Synagogues (Johannisstraße 4, JO 101)

09:30 – 10:15 Kim Czajkowski (U Edinburgh, UK) “Jewish Organization in Roman Egypt”

10:15 – 11:00 Markus Öhler (U Wien, A)   “Συναγωγή and προσευχή in Jewish and Non-Jewish Inscriptions”

11:00 – 11:15  Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00  Benedikt Eckhardt (U Bremen, D) “Synagogues as Associations: What Would it Mean?”

12:00 – 12:30 General Discussion

12:30 – 13:15 Concluding Discussion: Future Perspectives of the Study of Early Synagogues

13:15 – 14:30  Lunch 

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