Forthcoming Lectures

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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 (British Summer Time)
Papyrus fragment
Courtesy of the SMB Ägyptisches Museum und Payrussammlung. Photograph by Sandra Steiß.

The Corpus Papyrorum Judaicarum project is an wide-ranging initiative to build on Tcherikover’s seminal corpora of papyri relating to Jews and Judaism. This lecture explores the project, and shows how it differs from its predecessor, by taking you on an exploration of two of the intriguing papyri in the new corpus.

Noah Hachim will discuss the Nash Papyrus from the Cambridge University Collection. This is the oldest Hebrew Bible papyrus found in Egypt, dating to the 2nd century BCE, and illustrates the connection between the early history of the Jews of Egypt and Israel.

Tal Ilan will then examine a papyrus from 133 CE, now in Berlin, in which a certain Julia Crispina is seen to be present in the Fayum in Egypt – proposing that this is the same woman who appears on two papyri in the Babatha archive in the Judean Desert, belonging to the period just before the outbreak of the Bar Kokhba revolt. But why would Julia Crispina be in both places? Come along and find out!

Noah Hacham is an Associate Professor at the Department of Jewish History in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research concentrates on Diaspora Judaism in the Second Temple Period and in rabbinic literature as a source of Jewish history.

Tal Ilan is professor of Jewish studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. She is the editor of the Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud series; her main research interests are gender, onomastics and Second Temple History.

MORE THAN JUST MOSAICS
Jodi Magness

Thursday, 6 May 2021, at 5:00 pm (British Summer Time)

DIGGING UP ARMAGEDDON
Eric Cline

Thursday, 3 June at 5:00 pm (British Summer Time)

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)