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January 2017

The Politics of Inequality in Israel: New Insights from the Social Justice Protest of 2011

January 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

ABOUT THE TALK In Israel in the summer of 2011 at least one in five adult citizens participated in a wave of street protests, critiquing rising inequality and demanding increased government intervention. This represented an exceptional departure from normal welfare state politics in Israel, which lies outside the left/right division and is dominated by parties and pressure groups representing specific sectors of society. To the extent that the social protest succeeded in breaking down barriers defined by class, culture and…

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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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September 2016

Undergraduate Ice Cream Social

September 22, 2016 @ 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
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