Forthcoming Lectures

As you will be aware, all charities are going through hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society is no exception. Although we do not charge for our lectures, any contribution to the general costs of the Society would be more than welcome, particularly from non-members.

Anyone who would like to make a donation, large or small, can send an email to:  secretary@aias.co.uk for details as to how to pay by credit card.

WHY CUNEIFORM IN CANAAN MATTERS
Sandra Jacobs

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 at 5:00 pm (GMT)
Cover of 'Cuneiform in Canaan' book (Eisenbrauns 2018)
Second edition of ‘Cuneiform in Canaan’ by W. Horowitz, T. Oshima and S.L. Sanders (Eisenbrauns 2018); image courtesy of Sandra Jacobs.

Cuneiform script in Israel and the Palestinian territories is one of the earliest explicit indicators of the impact of ancient Mesopotamian cultural transmission from the Middle Bronze Age. Recently, the Cuneiform in Canaan project presented a thorough review of the available cuneiform tablets, with the second edition of their seminal corpus of material, published in 2018, making 97 inscribed objects from 29 different locations widely available for the first time.

So why should we bother with such tiny and often broken pieces of the past, and what is the wider importance of this material to our understanding of early Judaism? Dr Jacobs will address these questions, by demonstrating the particular relevance of this disparate cuneiform assemblage to the historical development of written law in ancient Babylonian and Hebrew sources, and to show how cuneiform did indeed matter in Canaan.

This lecture will be held online via Zoom. Please email Mrs Sheila Ford to confirm your attendance at secretary@aias.org.uk; you will receive a Zoom link 48 hours ahead of the event. The lecture will last approximately 1 hour, and be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.

About the Lecturer: Dr Sandra Jacobs has a PhD from the University of Manchester in biblical and ancient Near Eastern law and is currently a teaching fellow at Leo Baeck College, London and researcher at Kings College London. She was the Book Reviews Editor for Strata, the Bulletin of the Anglo- Israel Archaeological Society from 2010-2016.

Dr Jacob’s groundbreaking work on ancient Akkadian and Hebrew law has been published as The Body as Property: Physical Disfigurement in Biblical Law (T & T Clarke/Bloomsbury Academic Publishing 2014). Upcoming publications for 2021 include an entry in The Oxford Handbook to Deuteronomy on ‘Women in Deuteronomy’ (ed. D.C. Benjamin; Oxford: OUP), together with ‘Law and the Profile of Justice in the Hebrew Bible’ for The Biblical World. Second Revised Edition (ed. K.J. Dell; London and New York: Routledge).

BABATHA’S SISTERS — JUDAEAN WOMEN REFUGEES IN THE WILDERNESS CAVES
Joan Taylor

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 at 6:15 pm (GMT)

Note the later than usual starting time of this lecture, which is being delivered from New Zealand.

NEW INSIGHTS ON EGYPTIAN AND PALESTINIAN JEWS FROM THE NEWLY PUBLISHED FOURTH VOLUME OF THE CORPUS PAPYRORUM JUDAICARUM
Noah Hacham and Tal Ilan

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 at 5:00 pm (GMT)

MORE THAN JUST MOSAICS
Jodi Magness

Thursday, 6 May 2021, at 5:00 pm (GMT)

DIGGING UP ARMAGEDDON
Eric Cline

Thursday, 3 June at 5:00 pm (GMT)

MASADA SYMPOSIUM

To be rescheduled

This special event is under development, and we expect it to take place in 2021; the venue and guest speakers will be announced in due course. Please check back again for more information.

View of Masada
View of Masada (courtesy of Andrew Shiva / Wikimedia Commons)