• 2018

  • 2017

    Vortrag von Professor Doering an der Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities auf einer Konferenz zum Gedenken an Professor David Flusser

    Am 6. und 7. Dezember 2017 fand an der Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities eine Konferenz in Erinnerung an den einhundertsten Geburtstag des im Jahr 2000 verstorbenen Jerusalemer Religionswissenschaftlers Professor David Flusser statt. Die Organisation lag in den Händen der Akademiemitglieder Professor Guy G. Stroumsa und Professor Saul Shaked sowie des Professors der Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Menahem Kister. Die Vorträge reflektierten die vielfältigen Forschungsinteressen David Flussers im Themenbereich „Judaism and Christian Origins“ (so der Titel der Konferenz). Professor Doering hielt einen Vortrag zum Thema „,The Whole Yoke of the Lord‘: Legal Issues Reflected in the Didache and Their Early Christian Context“, der hier aufgerufen werden kann. Die Konferenz wurde abgeschlossen durch persönliche Erinnerungen von Jochanan Flusser an seinen Vater.

    © Tal Rogovski
    © Tal Rogovski
    © Tal Rogovski
    © Tal Rogovski

    Grabungsexkursion nach Israel - Münsteraner Studierende graben mit in Horvat Midras

    In October 2015, Dr. Orit Peleg-Barkat of the Hebrew University launched a four-year research project funded by the Israel Science Foundation called Continuity and Change in Roman Rural Judaea, which is aimed at filling the gap in our knowledge concerning key matters relating to the material culture and settlement patterns, and especially with regard to the socio-economic and ethnic characteristics of the local elites in late Hellenistic and Roman Judaea. The study includes a comprehensive survey of the remains at Horvat Midras, dating largely from the Hellenistic to the Mameluke period, and an excavation of selected features. The results of the excavations and accompanying comparative study are meant to shed light on the nature of the Idumaean rural settlements prior to the Hasmonaean conquest and thereafter, as well as on continuity and change before and after the two Jewish Revolts. They may also clarify the origin of the region’s inhabitants in the Late Roman period.

    The second season of excavations started on July 24, 2017 and continued until August 18, 2017. The excavation resumed the exposure of the ashlar structure on the western part of the site. The expedition also excavated a stepped pyramidal funerary memorial (10 by 10 m) to the southeast of the ashlar building. This monument is situated on the highest point of the hill, close to a burial cave. The third area is situated at the northwestern part of the site, where a significant amount of Hellenistic period pottery was collected during the survey. (Original von  http://horvatmidras.huji.ac.il/book/about)

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    Professor Doering hält Hauptvortrag zu Tora und Halacha in der Hellenistischen Zeit auf dem 9. Enoch Seminar

    Vom 18. bis 23. Juni 2017 kam eine internationale Gruppe von etwa 45 Forscherinnen und Forschern im Kloster Camaldoli am Rand der Toskana zum 9. Enoch Seminar zusammen. Thema der Konferenz, die von Professor William M. Schniedewind (University of California at Los Angeles) und Dr. Jason M. Zurawski (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) in Zusammenarbeit mit Professor Gabriele Boccaccini (University of Michigan) organisiert wurde, war “From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity”. In den historischen Räumen der Foresteria, in denen einst auch die Florentiner Platonische Akademie um Marsilio Ficino und Pico della Mirandola getagt hatte, diskutierten die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer das Verständnis von Tora in den unterschiedlichen Textbereichen des antiken Judentums. Professor Lutz Doering hielt einen der sieben Hauptvorträge, “Torah and Halakhah in the Hellenistic Period”. Wie im Enoch Seminar üblich, wurden die Papers im Vorhinein zirkuliert und, jeweils angeregt durch eine Response, ausgiebig diskutiert; Lutz Doerings Respondent war Professor Michael Satlow (Brown University). Eine Veröffentlichung der Vorträge ist geplant.

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    Synagogues in the Hellenistic-Roman Period: New Finds – New Theories – New Methods

    On 13–15 June, 2017, the Exzellenzcluster „Religion und Politik“ and Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster hosted an international conference entitled, “Synagogues in the Hellenistic-Roman Period: New Finds – New Theories – New Methods.” This conference was generously funded by the university’s Internationalisation Office and projects C2-24 and A2-10 of the Exzellenzcluster. As the title suggests, this conference was designed to analyse the synagogue at the axial time of Hellenistic and Roman domination in Israel and in the wider Jewish Diaspora. Despite decades of research, the origins, influences, development, chronological and geographic variance, and political purposes of these Jewish institutions are still poorly understood. However, given the plethora of recent archaeological discoveries and the growing methodological and theoretical tool-kit of scholars today, it is believed that scholars are in a place to clarify many of these perplexing issues. Thus, an international team of scholars from Germany, Israel, the United States, Austria, Canada, and Scotland was assembled in order to discuss the many facets of this problem in a collegial and interdisciplinary manner. It is the humble opinion of the organizers that this conference was a rousing success. The level of collaboration and discussion was even greater than hoped. Recent finds, such as the Wadi-Hammam inscriptions and Magdala Stone, and literary texts were brought into conversation with ritual studies, critical spatial theory, cognitive theory, and emerging theories of Roman political organization. Likewise older finds and theories were scrutinized and reassessed in light of these finds and theories. Within this broad conversation, numerous themes and lacunae in current scholarship emerged. Firstly, objects such as the Magdala Stone and Theodotus Inscription need to be brought into further conversation, as they have more to tell us than was originally thought. Secondly, synagogue origins and development are both more complex and more important to the understanding of Judaism in this period than scholars had previously acknowledged. Finally, the strengths of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster as a research hub and destination were showcased in an international event. The organizers are now starting the task of compiling the results of this discussion in a proceedings volume that will be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Academic of Göttingen in the Schriften des Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum series.

  • Carson Bay
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    2016

    Fulbright Student am Institutum Judaicum im akademischen Jahr 2016/17

    Carson Bay, PhD-Kandidat der Florida State University, hat sich als Fulbright-Stipendiat während des akademischen Jahrs 2016/17 am Institutum Judaicum aufgehalten. In Zusammenarbeit mit Prof. Dr. Lutz Doering forschte Carson Bay zu “Multiculturalism in Flavius Josephus”. Dabei konnte er auf die exzellenten Ressourcen des IJD zurückgreifen.

    Dr. Adiel Schremer
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    Gastprofessor Dr. Adiel Schremer

    Zu Gast an der Ev.-theol. Fakultät im November 2016: Professor Dr. Adiel Schremer, Bar Ilan University (Israel)


    Professor Dr. Adiel Schremer ist zu Beginn des Wintersemesters 2016/17 zu Gast an der Ev.-theol. Fakultät im Rahmen der Vertiefung ihrer internationalen Kontakte. Auf Einladung von Prof. Dr. Lutz Doering vom Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum wird Professor Schremer einen Vortrag im Forschungskolloquium Neues Testament und antikes Judentum halten (2.11.) sowie an drei Sitzungen der Lehrveranstaltungen von Professor Doering mitwirken: an der Vorlesung Einführung in die rabbinische Literatur (2.11.), am Hauptseminar Das Vaterunser (mit Prof. Dr. Clemens Leonhard, FB02) sowie am Hauptseminar Die Bergpredigt (beide 3.11). Professor Schremer wird auch einen Vortrag beim internationalen Workshop zur Tosefta „Ungeklärte Familienverhältnisse: Mischna und Tosefta im Gespräch zwischen Inter-, Hyper-, Para- und Metatextualität“ am 6. und 7. November 2016 in den Räumen des IJD halten.

    Professor Adiel Schremer ist Professor für Jüdische Geschichte an der Bar Ilan-Universität (Israel). Seine Arbeitsfelder sind die Geschichte des antiken Judentums, die jüdische Literatur der Zeit des Zweiten Tempels (insbesondere Qumran), die rabbinische Literatur, die Geschichte und Theorie des jüdischen Rechts (Halacha) sowie die jüdisch-christlichen Beziehungen in der Antike. Er ist Autor des Buches Brothers Estranged: Heresy, Christianity and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity (Oxford 2010). Seine Arbeit ist vielfach ausgezeichnet worden: Er war Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Visiting Professor an der Yale University (2001/02), Tikvah Fellow an der NYU School of Law (2009/10) und Fellow am Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem (2014/15). 2011 erhielt er den renommierten Michael Bruno Memorial Award der Rothschild-Stiftung in Israel (Yad Hanadiv).

    Tosefta-Workshop

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    © Doering
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  • 2015

    The Excavations at Migdal 

    by Kimberley Czajkowski

    Figure 1: The Migdal Synagogue (© K Czajkowski)

    During the summer of 2015, I participated as a volunteer for two weeks in the archaeological excavations at Migdal, on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is more generally known by its Aramaic name of Magdala and has been identified by some with the town of Taricheae (in the Rabbinic literature, Migdal Ṣaba‘ayya or Midgal Nunayya). The excavations on the southern part of the site are currently on hold, but those in the northern area are being undertaken by a Mexican team, led by Marcela Zapata-Meza from the Universidad Anáhuac México Sur, in conjunction with the IAA. A first century synagogue has already been uncovered, in which the famous ‘Synagogue Stone’ was found. A market area stands next to the synagogue, and two seemingly wealthy houses have also been excavated opposite. Within this residential area are three stepped pools that have been identified as a special kind of miqweh: mosaics, frescoes, a port and further storage and domestic areas have also already been uncovered at Migdal. 

    Figure 2: Ground-water miqweh (© K Czajkowski)

    At the time I was participating, work was concentrated on trying to remove the upper levels of soil from the residential area that adjoins those houses which have already been excavated. Many of the finds that were being unearthed are of a similar kind: ceramic, glass, bone and coinage. These are all carefully collected and sent for analysis, some in Israel and some back in Mexico. Art restorers also arrived during my time in Migdal, who work to piece together the many full or partial pots that survive. The organizers are highly committed to training their archaeology students, who form the back-bone of the volunteer work force. This training is both in field-work and in the interpretation of the evidence they unearth: many of the students are working on dissertations that will examine the results of the analyses of particular finds (the pottery or the glass, for example). On rare free afternoons or weekends, students and volunteers are also able to visit nearby sites in Northern Israel in order to make the most of the opportunity to understand the topography and history of the region Further seasons are planned until 2017 and it is hoped by then that we should have a better understanding of the entire site of Midgal. In the meantime, the town can still provide us with a fascinating glimpse into urban daily life in late-Hellenistic and early-Roman Galilee.

    My participation in the Migdal excavations related to the Cluster of Excellence Project, headed by Prof. Dr. Lutz Doering. Further information may be found at http://www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/en/forschung/projekte/c2-24.html

    Professor Bezalel Bar Kochva (Tel Aviv University) besucht das IJD