ANELC eLecture Series 2021: Aramaic Letters from Bactria

 The ANELC 2021 eLecture series concluded today with a presentation by Margaretha Folmer (Leiden University/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). She offers a look at linguistic markers in Aramaic letters from a non-Semitic region, Bactria, a region that is heavily contested today and the subject of global news—Northern Afghanistan. Folmer wishes her research be received to contribute to…

ANELC eLecture Series 2021: Egyptian Influences in Biblical Hebrew

Letizia Cerqueglini (Tel Aviv University) presented on the spread of Egyptian language found in ancient Hebrew. Her presentation focused on linguistic and cognitive distinctions in the etymology of Afroasiatic languages. She begins by asking how we can separate Afroasiatic linguistic heritage from direct loanwords in antiquity. Her presentation considers many aspects of the connection between…

ANELC eLecture Series 2021: The Tiberian Tradition Reading of Hebrew Bible

ANELC21 featured Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge) in the second of four eLectures on connections between ancient Near Eastern languages. Khan spoke about the tradition of Tiberian reading or pronunciation of Hebrew Bible texts. The Tiberian tradition of pronunciation for the reading of Hebrew was passed down by oral tradition and received by the Masoretic…

ANELC eLecture Series 2021: The Canaanite Language Melting Pot

To begin the 2021 conference on Ancient Near Eastern Languages in Contact, Ohad Cohen (University of Haifa) shared a presentation entitled The Canaanite Melting Pot – the Theoretical Implications of ‘Languages in Contact’ to the Understanding of Late Biblical Hebrew. If you are interested in reading more on Canaanite Language or Late Biblical Hebrew (LBH)…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Emerging Scholars Student Research Prize

Revd delivered the fifth session keynote address. Dr. Helen Paynter, Director: Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. Her paper entitled, “I Believe in the Afterlife (of the word),” offered a reminder about the need for humility when working academically to translate and interpret passages of scripture. She appeals to emerging scholars, but her…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Violence Against Women in Biblical Narratives

This mid-week session of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. The session comes with a trigger warning about intense and personal content that includes sexual and physical violence against women and dealing with uncomfortable relationship aggression. This session’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Johanna Stiebert, Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Leeds, presented “Virginity,…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Biblical Violence in Genesis and Judges

Note: CSBV offered a special session specifically to include Majority-World Speakers on the subject of biblical violence. Unfortunately, I was unable to accommodate because I was asleep in my present time zone. Nevertheless, I was disappointed to have missed this session because topics focused on basic human rights and addressing violence-based justice. You can find…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Bible and Christian Violence

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV) celebrates just over two years of activity with a conference called “From the Rising to the Setting Sun: Global Perspectives on the Bible and Violence.” CSBV has been very active, even during the global pandemic lockdown, providing an outlet for academics and encouraging stimulating conversations…