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The 2005 Fall Public Lecture Series


Tuesday, 6 September, 7 p.m.:  Professor Emanuel Tov

The Septuagint and the Literary Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Emanuel Tov

Emanuel Tov serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project and as the J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, his alma mater. Over the years Tov has specialized in various aspects of the textual criticism of Hebrew and Greek Scripture as well as in the Qumran Scrolls. He has written eleven books, edited fourteen books and two electronic databases, and authored more than 170 studies on the Septuagint, the Qumran texts, and the text of the Hebrew and Greek Bible, as well as other aspects of biblical studies. Among his major works are his Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, published first in Hebrew in 1989, then in English in 1992 by Fortress Press and Van Gorcum. This work was awarded the Prize for the Best Book Relating to the Old Testament in 1992 by the Biblical Archaeological Society in Washington. In 2003 a Festschrift was presented to him: Emanuel: Studies in Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, and Dead Sea Scrolls in Honor of Emanuel Tov (ed. S. M. Paul, R. A. Kraft, L. H. Schiffman, and W. W. Fields, with the assistance of E. Ben-David; VTSup 94; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2003).

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CANCELLED (will try to reschedule Spring 2006)

Thursday, 20 October, 7:30 p.m.:  Professor Kristina Sessa

Trusting the Pope: Episcopal Authority in Late Antique Rome

Kristina Sessa, Assistant Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, earned her PhD in Ancient and Medieval History from UC Berkeley in 2003. While at Berkeley, she edited Critical Sense: A Journal of Critical and Political Theory and was coordinator of the Late Antique Religion and Society Working Group. Her areas of research include Social and Religious History of the late Roman Empire, Early Medieval History (Rome and Italy), and Classics (Latin and Greek Literature). Sessa is currently preparing (as guest editor) the special volume of the Journal of Early Christian Studies, entitled Christianity at Home: Rethinking Domestic Space in Late Antiquity, as well as The Household and the Bishop in Late Antique Rome: A History of a Relationship, also in preparation.

Kristina Sessa

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Thursday, 3 November, 7:30 p.m.:  Professor Frances Flannery-Dailey

Re-Envisioning the Roots of Jewish Apocalypticism and Mysticism
through the Dream Literature of Second Temple Judaism

Frances Flannery-Dailey

Frances Flannery-Dailey, Associate Professor of Religion at Hendrix College in Arkansas, earned her PhD at the University of Iowa where she focused on Judaism and Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman World. She teaches Biblical Studies along with religion and culture classes at Hendrix and is the author of Dreamers, Scribes and Priests: Jewish Dreams in the Hellenistic and Roman Eras (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004) and is currently preparing Monsters in the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and Apocrypha and Discussing “Religious Experience” in Early Judaism and Early Christianity: Frameworks, Definitions and Methodologies, a text she is co-editing with Rodney Werline. Flannery-Dailey serves as chair of the SBL’s Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Consultation and as editor-in-chief of Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters (inaugural issue in progress).

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Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
in the Library of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity 

Lectures are free and open to the public.