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The Spirit of Scholarship: Biblical and Mesopotamian Studies in the Roman Catholic Academy - 22-23-24/09/2019, Boston (MA, USA)

14.09.2019

 

This international conference highlights the historical-critical study of the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context as an enduring concern in theological research at leading Roman Catholic institutions of higher education. This three-day meeting is organized by members of the Boston College Theology Department and School of Theology and Ministry. We welcome select junior, mid-career, and senior scholars from both Roman Catholic as well as other confessional and non-confessional institutions – from North America, Europe, and Israel – whose work focuses on the Hebrew Bible and its relationship with Mesopotamia.

 


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23-24/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of Theology and Ministry Campus, Theology and Ministry Library 117 (Auditorium)Boston College Main Campus, Corcoran Commons, Newton RoomBoston College Main Campus, Yawkey Center, Murray Function Room (Boston, MA, USA)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Jeffrey L. Cooley; David Vanderhooft; Michael R. Simone, S.J.

 

INFO: web - david.vanderhooft@bc.edu - jeffrey.cooley@bc.edu - michael.simone@bc.edu

 

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: gratis / free / gratuito

 

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:

 

Sunday, September 22

School of Theology and Ministry Campus, Theology and Ministry Library 117 (Auditorium)

 

1:30-3:00 PM, Mūdû Mūdâ Likallim: The Production and Control of Knowledge, Part 1

1.     Thomas Stegman, SJ, Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry: Welcome

2.     Peter Dubovsky, SJ, Pontifical Biblical Institute, “Writing and Editing History in the Hebrew Bible and in the Ancient Near East”

3.     Andrew Davis, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, “Jehoash, Josiah, and the Historiography of Temple Renovation”

4.     C. Jay Crisostomo, University of Michigan, “Knowledge Creation in the Sumerian Proverb Collections”

 

3:00-3:30 PM, Break

 

3:30-4:30 PM, Mūdû Mūdâ Likallim: The Production and Control of Knowledge, Part 2

1.      Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, College of the Holy Cross, “The Malleability of ‘Knowledge’ of the Southern Levant and the Case of Timnah”

2.      Jennifer Singletary, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, “Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Production of Divinatory Knowledge in Akkadian Texts and the Hebrew Bible”

 

Sunday Evening, September 22

Boston College Main Campus, Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

 

5:30-6:30 PM, Plenary Speaker

Mark S. Smith, Princeton Theological Seminary, “The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the God of Israel: Deriving from and Engaging with their Ancient Contexts”

 

Monday, September 23

Boston College Main Campus, Corcoran Commons, Newton Room

 

9:00-10:30 AM Biblical and Mesopotamian Studies in the Roman Catholic Academy, Part 1

1.     Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Welcome

2.     James VanderKam, University of Notre Dame, “R.H. Charles, Ancient Texts, and Theological Controversies”

3.     Rannfrid Thelle, Wichita State University, “Sigmund Mowinckel’s ‘Enthronement’-Psalms and the Akitu Festival: the Reception of the “Cultic Principle” in Biblical Scholarship”

4.     Peter Machinist, Harvard University, William Foxwell Albright and Modern Catholic Biblical Scholarship”

 

10:30-11:00 AM Break

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Biblical and Mesopotamian Studies in the Roman Catholic Academy, Part 2

1.     Richard Clifford, SJ, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Respondent

2.     Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, College of the Holy Cross, Respondent

3.     Discussion

 

2:00-3:00 PM, Yahūdū ina Māti: Judeans in Babylonia, Part 1

1.     Cornelia Wunsch, Freie Universität Berlin, “From J.N. Strassmaier SJ  to the Judean texts: The Publication of Babylonian Archival Material”

2.     Andrew Gross, Catholic University of America, “What Can the Al Yahudu Tablets Tell Us about Mesopotamia and Ancient Israel and their Influence on One Another?”

 

3:00-3:30 PM, Break

 

3:30-4:30 PM, Yahūdū ina Māti: Judeans in Babylonia, Part 2

1.     Joel Kemp, University of Scranton, “Defining the Outsider: The Amorites’ Function and Judahite Identity in Ezekiel 16”

2.     Angela Roskop Erisman, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, “The King is Dead, Long Live the King! The Role of Mesopotamian Literature in the Formation of the Torah”

 

5:30-6:30 PM, Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Plenary Speaker

Laurie Pearce, University of California Berkeley, “Piecing the Puzzle, Shaping the Scholarship of the Judean Exile in Babylonia”

 

Tuesday, September 24

Boston College Main Campus, Yawkey Center, Murray Function Room

 

9:00-10:00 AM, Malku : Šarru, Part 1

1.     Jessie DeGrado, Brandeis University, “Politics and Prophecy: The Conditions of Judah’s Submission to Tiglath-pileser III”

2.     Anthony Soohoo, SJ, Pontifical Biblical Institute, “Like Father, Like Son: Violence against the Enemy in the Royal Historiography of Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal”

 

10:00-10:15 AM, Break

 

10:15-11:15 AM, Malku : Šarru, Part 2

1.     Alan Lenzi, University of the Pacific, “King Nabonidus, the Righteous Sufferer”

2.     Paul-Alain Beaulieu, University of Toronto, “In Memory of Belshazzar: A Conversation Between Greek, Jewish, and Babylonian Sources”

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi: Laud and Identity of the Judean God

1.     Anne Marie Kitz, Independent Scholar, “ ʾĕlohîm and ʾēl The Semitic Perspective of Divinity: The Historical Reality behind some Theological Truths”

2.     Ronnie Goldstein, Hebrew University, “The Exaltation Hymns of Yhwh: Their Sources, Manifestations in the Hebrew Bible, and Continuity in Post-Biblical Literature”

 

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