Abel Beth Maacah Workshop: April 26, 2018 (Hebrew University)

The RIAB center is happy to be an organizer of the following workshop:


Five Seasons of Excavation at Tel Abel Beth Maacah: An Interim Assessment

The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Thursday, April 26, 2018


This workshop will present a summary of the stratigraphic and architectural contexts, as well as major material culture finds, uncovered during the course of five seasons of excavation. Focus will be on the Iron Age I and II, with highlights from the Middle and Late Bronze Age, as well as the Persian-early Hellenistic period, in order to better understand the occupation sequence.

Following this presentation, a discussion will take place on issues generated by the finds and the research questions that guide the project, particularly, how the archaeological data from Abel Beth Maacah illuminate cultural and historical developments in the Hula Valley, from the Late Bronze Age city state of Hazor to the Iron Age IIA territorial kingdoms of Israel and Aram-Damascus. A presentation of pottery and other finds from these periods will take place and serve as the basis for a chronological, contextual and cultural discussion.



15:00: Convening and refreshments

15:15-17:00: Presentation of the archaeological field and artefactual data

17:00-17:30: Break

17:30-19:00: Presentation of pottery and other finds and discussion


If you are interested in participating, please contact: panitz@mail.huji.ac.il

“Wandering Arameans” volume published

Please note that the following volume has been published, the first book associated with the RIAB Center’s activities:

Berlejung, A., Maeir, A. M. and Schüle, A., eds. 2017. Wandering Aramaeans – Aramaeans Outside Syria: Textual and Archaeological Perspectives. Leipziger Altorientalische Studien 5. Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden.
See here for a link to the publisher’s page on the book, and to the table of contents.
The volume contains studies that were presented a conference held in Leipzig in October, 2014, as well as a few additional invited papers. While the conference was held prior to the official opening of the RIAB Center, preparation of the volume was conducted under the auspices of the center.

Research Colloquium: “(Re)Constructing Identities in the Bronze and Iron Age Levant” – Leipzig, Nov. 14th, 2017

On November 14th, 2017, the RIAB Center will conduct a research colloquium at Leipzig University on “(Re)Constructing Identities in the Bronze and Iron Age Levant”.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Omer Sergi, who is organizing the colloquium.

See here for the detailed program:

Leipzig identity seminar-program Nov 2017

Multi-Lingual ANE workshop at BIU

Today, as previously mentioned, the workshop “there the LORD confused the language of all the earth”: Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the ANE” was held at BIU. The workshop was initiated and coordinated by Yuval Levavi, and the logistics were coordinated by Amit Dagan and the RIAB  Center staff.

Here are some pictures from the event – which was very successful and extremely interesting!


Last call: PhD stipends through the RIAB Center

Last call: PhD Stipends from the Minerva Center for Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB)

The Minerva Center for Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB; aramisrael.org) is offering several stipends for PhD candidates in fields related to the center’s topics. The stipends are meant for students with an excellent academic record who are interested in conducting PhD studies at Bar-Ilan University, under the supervision of one of the center’s members who are on the BIU faculty (aramisrael.org/center-members).

The stipends are based on the BIU “President’s Stipends” (graduate-school.biu.ac.il/files/gradschool/shared/b-ilan_mlga_167x254.pdf), which include: ca. $1000 per month for 4 years, travel to one international conference to present a paper related to the student’s PhD research, and full exemption from tuition.

PhD candidates associated with the center receive additions to the standard stipend, such as travel to academic conferences organized by the center (in Israel and Germany), and in some cases, additional monthly funding from a specific research project (such as the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project; gath.wordpress.com).

Deadline for final submissions is May 30th, 2017.

If you are interested in submitting through the RIAB Center, please contact Prof. Aren M. Maeir (arenmaeir@gmail.com) in the next few days.

Workshop on “Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the Ancient Near East”, Thursday, June 15th, at Bar-Ilan University

On Thursday, June 15th, 2017, the RIAB Minerva Center will conduct a workshop on “Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the Ancient Near East”. The workshop, organized by Dr. Yuval Levavi (who is a post-doc at BIU and a member of the RIAB center), will be held at the Weisfeld Lecture Hall, Feldman Building (301), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Levavi (puyu79@gmail.com).

Here is the program:

09:00 Kathleen Abraham (KUL) Approaches to Multilingualism in the Ancient Near East
09:30 Yigal Bloch (Haifa) Alphabetic Scribes (sepīru) as Mediators between Fifferent Languages and Writing Systems in Babylonia in the 6th-5th Centuries BCE
10:00 Peter Zilberg (HUJI) People from the Indus valley in the Achaemenid Empire


10:30                     Coffee break
10:45 Noga Ayali-Darshan (BIU) The Significance of Linguistic Elements in the Process of the Myth’s Adaptation: Some Examples from Ancient Near Eastern Literature
11:15 Noam Miazrhi (TAU) Between Technique and Theology: A comparative reading of depictions of manufacturing cult images in Targum Jonathan for Deutero-Isaiah and Jeremiah 10
11:45 Ohad Abudraham (BIU) Jewish Incantations in Early-Mandaic Epigraphic Texts: Linguistic Aspects
12:30                     Lunch break
13:45 Uri Gabbay (HUJI) A Dead or Living Language? The status of Sumerian within the priestly and intellectual milieus in the first millennium BCE
14:15 Yuval Levavi (BIU) Why then in Akkadian? On the use of Akkadian in daily life of foreigners in Babylonia