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November 2018

Graduate Student Research Presentations and Q&A

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

12:00 – 1:00pm Overspecializing the Specialist: Reevaluating the Role of Producers in the Study of Technological Interconnectivity Nadia Ben-Marzouk (Archaeology) Accounting for Kingship: The Samaria Ostraca as Royal Performance Jason Price (Hebrew Bible) An Image on the Stele or a Ghost in the Shell? A Cognitive Scientific Approach to the Material “Soul” in the Levant Timothy Hogue (Hebrew Bible) 1:00 – 2:00pm QWS, Edom, and Identities: Exploring the Use of Theophoric Elements in Onomastica as Markers of Identity Andrew Danielson…

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November 2017

Graduate Student Conference Talks and Q&A

November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and hear what the graduate students in NELC are working on! Graduate students presenting their research at academic conferences in the next month will be giving their talks for the NELC community, and would love feedback and questions! Speakers (in order): Andrew Danielson  Danielle Candelora Jacob Damm Jeremy Williams Timothy Hogue Marissa Stevens Please RSVP for Event  

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October 2017

Searching for Scribal Curriculum in Ancient Israel

October 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Professor William Schniedewind will present the outlines of his research in progress—a book on Scribal Education in Ancient Israel. The research proposes that outlines of scribal curriculum in early Israel can now be reconstructed based on his interpretation of the recently fully published inscriptions from Kuntillet Ajrud and using parallels with Mesopotamian scribal curriculum and its adaptations into other Levantine scribal settings.   Please RSVP for Event    

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January 2017

To Refer or Not to Refer: Tracking Intertextuality in the Hebrew Bible

January 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Machinist will develop aspects of intertextuality through several examples involving well-known biblical texts, including Psalm 29—a famous “Canaanite” hymn in the Psalter. This seminar will be held in conjunction with Professor Schniedewind’s Ugaritic seminar. Graduate students are encouraged to read Psalm 29 and Y. Avishur’s chapter on “Psalm 29” in Studies in Hebrew and Ugaritic Psalms.     Dr. Peter Machinist Harvard Divinity School Event Flyer

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Sea Peoples and Neo-Hittites in the ‘Land of Palistin’: Recent Discoveries at Tayinat on the Orontes

January 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Recent archaeological discoveries have begun to challenge the prevailing view of the Early Iron Age (ca. 1200-900 BCE) as an era of cultural devolution and ethnic strife, or a ‘Dark Age’, in the eastern Mediterranean, as depicted in the Homeric epics and the Hebrew Bible. This illustrated talk will highlight the exciting discoveries of the University of Toronto’s ongoing excavations at ancient Tayinat. TIMOTHY HARRISON (University of Toronto) Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures UCLA…

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December 2016

New Light on the Egyptian Origin of the Hebrew Alphabet

December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - December 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The publication of a new inscription from Theban Tomb 99 sheds new light on the early history of the Hebrew Alphabet.  This ostracon is a bilingual “abecedary” written in Egyptian Hieroglyphic and Semitic.  It gives further evidence for an Egyptian connection to the origins of the early Hebrew alphabet. Sponsored by the UCLA Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Cosponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies UCLA College of Humanities Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies Cotsen Institute…

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October 2016

I Can Hear The Barbarians

October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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February 2016

The Adoption of the “Adoption” Formula in Biblical Literature

February 4, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 pm

The metaphor of adoption saturates biblical literature, yet there is no discrete adoption law in the Hebrew Bible. This metaphor did not draw upon one particular source or ancient Near Eastern legal tradition, but had a wide range of associations rooted in familial and political life. The performative and ritual nature of adoption in the ancient Near East, too, is central to understanding the evolution of this metaphor and why it is so pervasive in biblical literature.

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