RIAB Center colloquium “Jerusalem and the West” (Leipzig, Dec. 2019)

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On Wednesday-Thursday, December 4th-5th, 2019, the RIAB Minerva Center will be conducting a Research Colloquium entitled:

Jerusalem and the West. Perspectives from Archaeology, Biblical Studies and History.

The Research Colloquium, organized by Felix Hagemeyer (Leipzig), will be held at the Universität Leipzig, Campus Augustusplatz, in the Neues Seminargebäude, Room S 203.

See below the planned schedule of the Research Colloquium:

Jerusalem and the West. Perspectives from Archaeology, Biblical Studies and History

4–5 December 2019, Universität Leipzig, Campus Augustusplatz,

Neues Seminargebäude, Room S 203

Wednesday, December 4th

13:30 Gathering, Coffee and Refreshments

14:00 Greetings and Introduction, Angelika Berlejung, Aren M. Maeir, Felix Hagemeyer

14:15 First Session: Jerusalem and the West in the Iron Age

Felix Hagemeyer, Universität Leipzig: Jerusalem and the West: Research desiderata and new perspectives

David Ben-Shlomo, Ariel University: Jerusalem, Judah and Philistia: Links during the Iron Age

15:45 Coffee Break

16:15 First Session – Continuation

Aren M. Maeir, Bar-Ilan University: Jerusalem and the West, through Philistia

17:00 Second Session: Jerusalem’s Hinterland and the Shephelah

Gunnar Lehmann, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: The Shephelah between Jerusalem and Gath: The early Iron Age

Hermann Michael Niemann, Universität Rostock: Jerusalem and the West: Considerations on the western border of David´s reign

19:00 Dinner

Thursday, December 5th

09:15 Gathering

09:30 Third Session: Biblical Perspectives on the West and the Southern Coastal Plain

Manfred Oeming, Universität Heidelberg: No ‘language of Ashdod’ in Jerusalem! Nehemiah’s aggressive policy against foreign ‘languages’ (Neh 13:23–31) as a necessary survival concept in the Persian-Hellenistic periods

Benedikt Hensel, Universität Mainz: The Ark Narrative(s) 1 Sam 4-6*/ 2 Sam 6* between Philistia, Jerusalem and Assur: On their historical background and literary historical place

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Fourth Session: Jerusalem and its political and economic links to the South and East

Erez Ben-Yosef, Tel Aviv University: Jerusalem’s metal supply in the Iron Age: Current state of research

Yuval Gadot, Tel Aviv University: Jerusalem and the Assyrian world order: Jerusalem and its regional connections during the 7th century BCE

13:00 Concluding Discussion

13:30 Lunch

End of conference: 14:30

Organizer and Contact Details:

Felix Hagemeyer, Leipzig University, Faculty of Theology, Unit for History and History of Religion of Ancient Israel and its Environment.

Martin-Luther-Ring 3, D-04109 Leipzig,

T: +49 341 97-35413,

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