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The Desert Origins of God: Yahweh's Emergence and the Materiality of Desert Cult in the Southern

This conference seeks to explore and contextualize the configuration of the varied desert cultic practices from the southern Levant and northern Arabia during the Late Bronze/Iron Ages that may have contributed to the emergence of the Yahwistic cult. Recent archaeological excavations in the Negev, southern Transjordan and Hejaz and new interpretations of old epigraphic and iconographic evidence are rapidly changing the biblical-based paradigm of the interactions between the desert cults and the Iron Age Levantine religions.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 15-16-17/07/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Bochum, Germany)


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Monday, 15 July 2019 04:00 - 04:30 Welcome Address & Introduction Tim Karis (Bochum) 04:30 - 04:45 Introducing the Online-Journal Entangled Religions Julia Reiker (Bochum) Panel 1: The Origins of Yahweh in the Desert 04:45 - 05:45 Beyond Yahweh: The Materiality of Cult of the Iron Age Negev and Edom in the Longue Dureé Juan Manuel Tebes (Buenos Aires) 05:45 - 06:45 The Desert and the Formation of Early Israel Uzi Avner (Eilat) 07:00 Dinner Tuesday, 16 July 2019 Panel 1: The Origins of Yahweh in the Desert (cont.) 10:00 - 11:00 The Midianite Hypothesis – A Current Evaluation of its Achievements and Limitations Martin Leuenberger (Tübingen) 11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break Panel 2: The Southern Origins of Yahweh in Biblical Tradition 11:15 - 12:15 The Wilderness Traditions in the Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Yhwh Thomas Römer (Lausanne/Paris) 12:15 - 01:30 Lunch 01:30 - 02:30 El Shadday, the Shed Gods and the Wilderness: A Reassessment Christophe Nihan (Lausanne) 02:30 - 03:30 The Early History of God – Reflections on the Rise of Yahwism in Israel and Judah Christian Frevel (Bochum) 03:30 - 04:00 Coffee Break Panel 3: New Perspectives from Egyptology, Archaeology & Iconography 04:00 - 05:00 Signs of Yahweh in Egypt? Racheli Shalomi-Hen (Jerusalem) 05:00 - 06:00 Notes on God(s) in the Desert Davida Eisenberg-Degen (Beersheba) 06:15 Dinner Wednesday, 17 July 2019 Panel 3: New Perspectives from Egyptology, Archaeology & Iconography (cont.) 10:00 - 11:00 Votive Gifts in Desert Shrines Angelika Berlejung (Leipzig) 11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break 11:15 - 12:15 On Deserted Landscapes and Defeated Ostriches: Iconographical Perspectives on Yahwe's Desert Origins Katharina Pyschny (Bochum) 12:15 - 01:30 Lunch 01:30 - 02:30 A Metallurgical Perspective on the Qenite Hypothesis Nissim Amzallag (Beersheba) 02:30 - 03:00 Final Remarks

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