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Workshop on “Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the Ancient Near East” (June 15, 2017)

On Thursday, June 15th, 2017, the RIAB Minerva Center will conduct a workshop on “Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the Ancient Near East”. The workshop, organized by Dr. Yuval Levavi (who is a post-doc at BIU and a member of the RIAB center), will be held at the Weisfeld Lecture Hall, Feldman Building (301), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Levavi (

Here is the program:

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09:00 Kathleen Abraham (KUL)Approaches to Multilingualism in the Ancient Near East

09:30 Yigal Bloch (Haifa)Alphabetic Scribes (sepīru) as Mediators between Fifferent Languages and Writing Systems in Babylonia in the 6th-5th Centuries BCE

10:00 Peter Zilberg (HUJI)People from the Indus valley in the Achaemenid Empire

10:30      Coffee break

10:45 Noga Ayali-Darshan (BIU)The Significance of Linguistic Elements in the Process of the Myth’s Adaptation: Some Examples from Ancient Near Eastern Literature

11:15 Noam Miazrhi (TAU)Between Technique and Theology: A comparative reading of depictions of manufacturing cult images in Targum Jonathan for Deutero-Isaiah and Jeremiah

1011:45 Ohad Abudraham (BIU)Jewish Incantations in Early-Mandaic Epigraphic Texts: Linguistic Aspects

12:30     Lunch break

13:45 Uri Gabbay (HUJI)A Dead or Living Language? The status of Sumerian within the priestly and intellectual milieus in the first millennium BCE

14:15 Yuval Levavi (BIU)Why then in Akkadian? On the use of Akkadian in daily life of foreigners in Babylonia


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