In recent research it was often pointed out that Judaism was a multifaceted religion with diverse perspectives on the meaning of institutions like e.g. Torah, Temple, and Land. It was also suggested that in various strands of Judaism different texts or figures were of central importance and that even the Torah was not the essential point of reference in all kinds of Judaism. Moreover, the political, cultural and social circumstances in the Mediterranean world differed from one region to another. Is it therefore justified at all to speak of essential characteristics which despite of the differences can be regarded as unifying features of all Jewish groups, communities and parties? Or is it more appropriate to use the designation “Judaism” only in the plural as has been suggested already many years ago? Another important aspect is the relationship between self-perception and the view of outsiders (e.g. Greeks and Romans) on Jews and Judaism. The conference is intended to deal with these questions in an atmosphere of high academic quality with and lively discussions. The individual sessions will be devoted to Judaism in different periods and geographical regions, as e.g. Elephantine, Samaria, Judea and Alexandria or as it appears in writings like the Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings attributed to Moses or Enoch. The conference will also focus on Judaism in the Roman Empire and on the encounter of Judaism and Christianity in the first centuries of the common era.

The individual sessions are planned as units with two speakers who will concentrate on the same topic from their particular perspective. Each unit will last 90 minutes, with two presentations of 30 to 35 minutes, followed by a discussion.

The contributions to the individual units will be published in a volume with conference proceedings.

Program

8.10.2018
13:00 - 14:00
Ankommen und Kaffee / Arrival and Coffee
14:00 - 14:30
Eröffnung der Tagung / Opening Address
14:30 - 16:00
Das Judentum von Elephantine / Judaism at Elephantine
Bernd U. SchipperHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Karel van der ToornUniversiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
16:00 - 16:30
Kaffeepause / Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
Das Judentum in Samaria / Judaism in Samaria
Benedikt HenselJohannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Stefan SchorchMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
19:00 - 20:00
Öffentlicher Vortrag / Public lecture
Peter SchäferJüdisches Museum Berlin
9.10.2018
09:00 - 10:30
Die jüdischen Gemeinschaften der Rollen vom Toten Meer / Jewish communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls
John J. CollinsYale University, USA
Charlotte HempelUniversity of Birmingham, United Kingdom
10:30 - 11:00
Kaffeepause / Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Das Judentum in Jerusalem und Judäa / Judaism in Jerusalem and Judea
Lutz DoeringWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Sebastian GrätzJohannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
12:30 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 16:00
Mosaisches, Henochitisches, Aaronitisches Judentum? / Mosaic, Enochitic, Aaronitic Judaism(s)?
Gabriele BoccacciniUniversity of Michigan, USA
Martha HimmelfarbPrinceton University, USA
16:00 - 16:30
Kaffeepause / Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
Das Judentum in Alexandria / Judaism in Alexandria
Robert KuglerLewis & Clark College, USA
Maren NiehoffHebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
10.10.2018
09:00 - 10:30
Die Begegnung von frühem Judentum und frühem Christentum / The Encounter of Early Judaism and Early Christianity
Adela Yarbro CollinsYale University, USA
Martin GoodmanUniversity of Oxford, United Kingdom
10:30 - 11:00
Kaffeepause / Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Rabbinisches Judentum und Patristische Exegese / Rabbinic Judaism and Patristic Exegesis
Shaye J.D. CohenHarvard University, USA
Catherine HezserSOAS University of London, United Kingdom
12:30 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 16:00
Judentum im Römischen Reich / Judaism in the Roman Empire
René BlochUniversität Bern, Switzerland
Werner EckUniversität zu Köln
16:00 - 16:30
Abschluss / Closing of the Conference