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  • Yigal Levin
    Please excuse the cross-posting: Yigal Levin Bar-Ilan University The Faculty of Jewish Studies The Department of Jewish History Are pleased to invite the
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      Yigal Levin









      Bar-Ilan University

      The Faculty of Jewish Studies

      The Department of Jewish History



      Are pleased to invite the public to an international conference on

      : Tribalism, Nationhood and Religion



      On Thursday, June 26, 2008, The Feldman Congress Center, Bar-Ilan University

      The conference is part of a series on Jewish identity through the ages, held by the Department of Jewish History



      8:30-9:00 - Gathering and Light Refreshments



      9:00-10:30 Session 1: Questions of Identity in Biblical Literature

      Chair: Prof. Meir Bar-Ilan, Bar-Ilan University

      Opening remarks: Prof. Benzion Rozenfeld, Chair, Department of Jewish History

      Dr. Amnon Shapira, Ariel University Center of Samaria: Israelite Identity in the Biblical Tribal Period: "Primitive Democracy"

      Dr. Yigal Levin, Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University Center of Samaria: The Idea of Nationhood in the Book of Judges

      Prof. Gershon Galil, University of Haifa: Judean Identity at the Beginning of the Monarchic Age



      11:00-13:00 Session 2: Ethnic and Religious Identity in the Archaeological Record

      11:00: Greetings: Prof. Moshe Kaveh, President, Bar-Ilan University

      Prof. Moises Orfali, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies

      Chair: Dr. Hayah Katz, The Open University of Israel

      Prof. Avraham Faust, Bar-Ilan University: Ceramics and Boundary Maintenance in Iron Age I Israel

      Prof. Adam Zertal, University of Haifa and Kinneret College: The Marked Pottery of the Iron Age I -Archaeological Evidence and Ethnic Identity

      Dr. Alexander Zukerman, The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and Dr. Itzhaq Shai, Bar-Ilan University: Defining the Political Affiliation of Gath and the Ethnicity of Its Inhabitants in the 8th Century BCE

      Mr. Ram Bouchnick and Dr. Guy Bar-Oz, University of Haifa, and Prof. Haskel Greenfield, University of Manitoba: Jewish Religious Dietary Practices and the Formation of Jewish Identity: Animal Bone Remains from the Late Second Temple Period



      13:00-14:00 - Lunch Break



      14:00-15:30 Session 3: The Formation of Jewish Identity in the Second Temple Period

      Chair: Prof. Sarah Japhet, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem

      Dr. Jacob L. Wright, Emory University: Cultic Community or Nation: Observations on the Identity of Judah in the Persian Period (English)

      Prof. Joseph Fleishman, Bar-Ilan University: The Struggle for Jewish Identity in the Days of Nehemiah

      Dr. Eyal Ben Eliyahu, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Oxford University: Jewish Identity Versus Israelite Identity in the books of Judith and First Maccabees

      Dr. Avishag Ayali-Weinberg, Kinneret College: The Search for the Boundary Between Isael and the Nations According to Three Stories in the Mishnah



      15:45-17:15 Session 4: Jewish Identity in the Diaspora

      Chair: Prof. Isaac Kalimi, The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

      Dr. Lisbeth S. Fried, University of Michigan: Who Was a Jew? Perceptions of Ethnic Identity at Elephantine (English)

      Dr. Ari Belenkiy, Bar-Ilan University: The Septuagint Story: The Hundred Years that Paved the Road to Hellenization

      Ms. Giordana Moscati Mascetti, Bar-Ilan University: The "Other(s)" in Josephus's Contra Apionem

      Prof. Aryeh Kasher, Tel-Aviv University: The Ethnic Designation "Judaios" in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt



      17:30-19:00 Session 5: Sects and Schisms in the Second Temple Period

      Chair: Prof. Amos Kloner, Bar-Ilan University

      Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University: Who is a Jew in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

      Dr. Avner Roei, Kibbutz Sa'ad: Jewish Nazarites in the Second Temple Period: Between Sectarianism and Social Solidarity

      Prof. Hanan Eshel, Bar-Ilan University: Samaritans in the First Century CE: Between Jews and Gentiles

      Dr. Rivka Nir, The Open University of Israel: The Image of John the Baptist Between Judaism and Christianity

      Closing Remarks: Prof. Aaron Demsky, Bar-Ilan University



      Most of the proceedings will be in Hebrew. The public is welcome.

      For details contact Dr. Yigal Levin, Leviny1@....

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