Conference Textual Plurality Beyond Biblical Texts

Textual Plurality Beyond the Biblical Texts
International Conference, Metz, October 17-19 2017


George J. Brooke (University of Manchester)

George J. Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis Emeritus at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Chester, England. He has published widely on the scrolls, including two sets of essays, /The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament: Essays in Mutual Illumination/ (2005) and /Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method/ (2013). He is the principal editor of Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah (Leiden: Brill).

Marieke Dhont (Université de Lorraine)

Marieke Dhont is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Lorraine in Metz. She obtained a joint doctorate at the KU Leuven and the Université catholique de Louvain in 2016. Her field of interest is Jewish-Greek literature from the Second Temple period, particularly the Septuagint. The goal of her research is to come to a better understanding of the dynamics between Judaism and Hellenism through the use of modern theories of culture and literature. She contributes to the project /Handbook for Septuagint Research/, under the direction of William Ross (University of Cambridge) and Ed Glenny (University of Northwestern), and is responsible for the section "Translation Technique and Jewish-Hellenistic Exegesis." She has published articles in scientific journals and edited volumes and her monograph, entitled /Style and Context of Old Greek Job/, will appear in 2017.

Shlomi Efrati (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Shlomi Efrati is a PhD student at the department of Talmud and Halakhah in the Hebrew University. Having accomplished his M.A. thesis on the text of Rashi's commentary to tractate Bava Qama, He's now writing his dissertation on “siqta of Matan Torah: Text, Redaction and Tradition Analysis”, under the supervision of prof. Menahem Kister. His research interests include rabbinic literature, pseudepigrapha and Qumran writings, textual criticism, and the development and evolution of exegetical traditions.

Florentino Garcìa Martìnez (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Florentino García Martínez (1942, Mochales, Guadalajara, Spain) was till 2008 full-time Research Professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, and till 2007 Ordinary Professor at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) [Chair: Religion and Literature of Second Temple Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls] and Director of the Research Institute Qumrân.

In 1988 he founded the International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS), and served as Executive Secretary and Editor of the Proceedings of the three-yearly congresses. He was member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, responsible for the publication of the Scrolls from Cave 11 (Qumran Cave 11.II: 11Q2–18, 11Q20–31. DJD 23. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998).

Since 1990 he is the Editor of the Series Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah (Leiden: Brill: and since 1997 Editor-in-Chief of The Journal for the Study of Judaism (Leiden: Brill: In 2004 he was appointed as Foreign Member, Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).His bibliography until 2007 has been published in Flores Florentino. Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Early Jewish Studies in Honour of Florentino García Martínez (JSJSup 122; Leiden: Brill, 2007), 803–16, and until 2008 in Florilegium Lovaniense: Studies in Septuagint and Textual Criticism in Honour of Florentino García Martínez (BETL 224; Leuven: Peeters, 2008), 13–33. His most recent publications can be consulted online.

Liora Goldman (Oranim Academic College of Education and University of Haifa)

Liora Goldman is a Senior Lecturer in the Biblical Studies and Jewish History Departments at Oranim Academic College of Education. She specializes in Second Temple Jewish literature (Qumran, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha). Her doctoral dissertation (summa cum laude) from the University of Haifa (2008) examined “Bible Interpretation and Pesher Exegesis in the Damascus Document.” A revised version is to be published shortly by Mossad Bialik under the title“Those Who Hold Fast to the Ordinances”: The Qumran Community and its Exegesis in light of the Pesharim in the Damascus Document (Hebrew). She contributed a new edition of the Moses Apocryphon (1Q29, 4Q375, 4Q376, 4Q408) to the 2005–2008 ISF Research Scholarship, now available in Ariel Feldman and Liora Goldman, Scripture and Interpretation: Qumran Texts that Rework the Bible, BZAW 449, ed. D. Dimant (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014). She is currently writing a monograph on the Visions of Amram (4Q543–549) based on her post-doctoral research (2008–2012) in the framework of a joint DFG project directed by Prof. Reinhard Kratz (Bible and Theology Department, Georg-August University of Göttingen) and Prof. Devorah Dimant (Department of Biblical Studies, University of Haifa) on the patriarchs and Genesis in the Qumran non-sectarian scrolls.

Barry Hartog (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit Gröningen)

Dr PB (Bärry) Hartog is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen. He is the author of Pesher and Hypomnema: A Comparison between Two Commentary Traditions from the Hellenistic-Roman World (2017). His research concentrates on ancient Judaism (including the Dead Sea Scrolls) and its position within the Graeco-Roman world. He has a particular interest in issues of textual scholarship and exegesis, the construction and development of identity, and intercultural contacts in an ever-expanding world.

Liv Ingeborg Lied (Norvegian School of Theology)

Liv Ingeborg Lied is Professor of religious studies at the Norvegian School of Theology (Oslo). She is a specialist in the reception history of the Old Testament pseudepigraphs and in the relationship between religion and media culture. She was a PhD student at the University of Bergen in 2002-2006 and defended in 2007 her dissertation: The Other Lands of Israel: A Study of the Land Theme in 2 Baruch (Leiden, Brill, 2008). She was Associate Professor at the University of Bergen (2007). In 2009 she was employed as Associate Professor at the Norvegian School of Theology and promoted as a Professor in 2012.

Jan Joosten (University of Oxford)

Jan Joosten (born 1959 in Ekeren, Belgium) studied theology in Brussels and Princeton, and Semitic languages in Jerusalem. He earned a PhD in Semitic languages at the Hebrew University in 1989, a ThD at the Protestant Faculty in Brussels in 1994, and a HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in Strasbourg in 1994.
For twenty years he taught at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Strasbourg. In 2014 he was appointed Regius Professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford, and Student of Christ Church.
He is Editor-in-chief of Vetus Testamentum since 2010, president of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies since 2012, and honorary member of the Academy of Hebrew Language. He is married with four children.

Menahem Kister (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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Corrado Martone (Università degli Studi di Torino)

Corrado Martone, PhD University of Turin, is Associate Professor of Hebrew at the University of Turin, where he teaches Hebrew language and literature and history of Judaism. His main research interests are the Second Temple Judaism, the Hebrew and Aramaic texts of Qumran, text criticism of the Hebrew Bible and its ancient translations. He is editor-in-chief of the international journal Henoch: Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity and secretary of Revue de Qumrân. Corrado has extensively written on such subjects, and is the author, among other things, of a critical edition of the Rule of the Community (Turin, 1995), of the first comprehensive annotated translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls into Italian (Brescia, 1996, 20032) and of a history of the Second Temple Judaism (Rome, 2008). His last works are two bilingual (Hebrew/Aramaic and Italian) volumes that serve as an anthology of some of the major nonbiblical writings from Qumran.

Noam Mizrahi (Tel Aviv University)

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Matthew P. Monger (Norvegian School of Theology)

Matthew P. Monger is a PhD candidate at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway. His research interests include the transmission and transformation of Jubilees in its many manuscript contexts, the Qumran Jubilees manuscripts, as well as the implications of philological and editorial paradigms.

James Nati (Yale University)

James Nati is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. James's research centers on the history and literature of early Judaism and, in particular, on the Dead Sea Scrolls. James is interested in the development of textual traditions in early Judaism as they are reflected in the Scrolls and his dissertation project, Textual Criticism and the Rules from Qumran: Pluriformity, Materiality, Ontology focuses on the textual state of the Serekh tradition in this corpus and explores its implications for the practice of textual criticism. He has side interests in classical and biblical philology from the Renaissance through modern periods, Classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez), and the philosophy of literature. James holds a BA from the University of Michigan (2011) and an MAR from Yale Divinity School (2013).

Émile Puech (EBAF, CNRS)

Emile Puech, Dr en Théologie Institut Catholique de Paris, Dr en Histoire des Religions et anthroplogie religieuse, Paris 4 Sorbonne, Hab Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg.
Directeur de recherches émérite, CNRS Paris, UMR 8167 Professeur émérite, Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française, Jérusalem. Membre correspondant der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch- Historische Klasse.

Eshbal Ratson (University of Haifa)

As an M.A. student, Eshbal was accepted into the direct Ph.D. track in the School of Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv. Her dissertation is entitled: “The Conception of the Universe in the Book of Enoch,” written under the supervision of Prof. Bezalel Bar-Kochva and submitted to the Senate in January 2012. During this period she worked as a research assistant for Prof. Ran Zadok and Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov. Eshbal received her undergraduate training at Tel Aviv University, graduating with a B.Sc. in Physics and a B.A. (summa cum laude, in the Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities) focusing on Bible, Jewish history, and Semitic languages. Eshbal also studied Judaism for more than two years in the Beit Midrash for Women (Migdal Oz), Midreshet Lindenbaum (Jerusalem), and Midreshet Yiud. Her ancient languages skills include Aramaic, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Greek, Geez, and Arabic and her research languages Hebrew, English, French, and German.

Stefan Schorch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Stefan Schorch, born 1966 in Erfurt (Thuringia), is Professor für Bibelwissenschaften at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (since 2009). He has studied Protestant Theology and Semitic Languages in Leipzig, Berlin, and Jerusalem, finished his Dr.theol. at the Theologische Fakultät of Universität Leipzig in 1998, and his Habilitation (venia legendi) in Hebrew Bible at Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel in 2003.

Michael Segal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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Willem Smelik (University College London)

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Annette Steudel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

1982-87 - Studium der Ev. Theologie und Germanistik in Göttingen
1991/2006 - Promotion (NT) und Habilitation (AT) in Göttingen
seit 1987 - Mitarbeit an der Abteilung für Qumranforschung Göttingen
seit 1991 - Mitglied des intern. Teams zur Edition der Qumrantexte (DJD)
seit 2000 - Mitherausgeberin der Revue de Qumran
seit 2002 - Arbeitsstellenleiterin des Akademie-Unternehmens "Qumran-Wörterbuch

Hanna Vanonen (University of Helsinki)

Dr. Hanna Vanonen recently received her doctoral degree in Biblical Studies from the University of Helsinki, Finland. In her dissertation, she focused on Qumran War Text manuscripts, especially those found in Cave 4. Vanonen is interested in questions related to textual multiformity in the Second Temple times and ancient manuscripts as material artifacts. Her interests also includes polarized thinking reflected by ancient texts. Hanna Vanonen is a member of The Centre of Excellence in "Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions" (CSTT), funded by the Academy of Finland. Read more about Vanonen's research:

Romina Vergari (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Dr. Romina Vergari has received his academic degrees from the University of Perugia (Italy), (MA in 2002). She completed her Ph.D. in 2010, under the supervision of Prof. Ida Zatelli of the University of Florence (Hebrew Language and Literature). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Haifa (IL), Department of Biblical Studies, and then at the University of Strasbourg (France), Faculté de Théologie Protestante, for the project Corpus-based and Computer-assisted Analysis of a Portion of the Biblical Lexicon, awarded as “Initiative d’excellence 2012”. She is currently lecturer of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Florence. She is member of the editorial staff of the Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (HTLS).
Her current research interests focus on Semantics of Ancient Hebrew, Septuagint lexicology and lexicography; Cross-linguistic Semantics.

Moly Zahn (University of Kansas)

Molly Zahn is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, USA. Her research focuses on issues of scriptural interpretation in the Hebrew Bible and in early Judaism (primarily the Dead Sea Scrolls and related texts). She has published one book, /Rethinking Rewritten Scripture /(Brill, 2011), and numerous articles in books and scholarly journals, including /Journal of Biblical Literature/, /Revue de Qumran/, and /Dead Sea Discoveries/.//Her publications explore the intersection of interpretation, authority, and textual development in the textual tradition of books of the Hebrew Bible (particularly the Pentateuch) and in “rewritten” works such as the Qumran Temple Scroll. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota (2001) and her MPhil from the University of Oxford (2003), and also studied in Tübingen, Germany and Uppsala, Sweden, before completing her PhD at the University of Notre Dame (2009).