2014-2015 Schedule

First Semester

How should Late Antique texts be studied in the age of Google? How do such sources relate to later, even recent trends in religious life?  In many ways, scholars of Late Antiquity have always been highly attuned to the relevance of their research for contemporary society and have used the most current methodological tools. These questions and issues will be the topic of the first two sessions of the semester, led by Yifat Monnickendam (Hebrew University, Buber Society of Fellows) and Dina Stein (Haifa University, Literature).  In the final session of the semester, GSLA co-founder Uriel Simonsohn (Haifa University) returns in order to lead a discussion on Eastern Christians and intermarriage in late antiquity.

Second Semester

  • Hillel Newman (Haifa University, Jewish History), “The Book of Zerubbabel: A Jewish Apocalypse of Late Antiquity,” 6:10pm, Monday, March 9th, Rabin Bldg. R. 1001.
  • Zeev Weiss (Hebrew University, Archaeology), “Shaping the Urban Landscape: Cultural Transformations in Late Antique Sepphoris,” 6:15pm, Wednesday, April 29th.
  • Bernadette Brooten (Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies), “Bishops versus Radical Ascetics Who Assist Enslaved Persons: The Synod of Gangra (343 CE), Tuesday, June 9th.