International Conference: Biblical Exegesis Through the Ages (BIU, May 9-10, 2018)

Dr. Leeor Gottlieb, RIAB Center member, is the organizer of a very interesting international conference “Biblical Exegesis Through the Ages”, which will be held at Bar-Ilan University, on May 9-10, 2018. The conference will be held under the auspices of the Faculty of Jewish Studies of BIU, the Israel Society for Biblical Research, the RIAB Minerva Center, and the Zalman Shamir Dept. of Bible at BIU.

Here is the detailed program of the conference:May 2018 biblical interpretation conference_Page_1May 2018 biblical interpretation conference_Page_2

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

Here’s a reminder of a upcoming workshop of the RIAB Center that we notified about a few months ago:

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:


Evening in honor of the publication of the 3rd edition of “A Dictionary of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic”

Prof. Michael Sokoloff of the Dept. of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at BIU, is without a doubt, the premier lexicographer of ancient Aramaic and its various dialects.

To mark the appearance of the 3rd edition of his “A Dictionary of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic”, a meeting (organized by RIAB Center member Dr. J. N. Ford) will be held on at BIU, on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

The RIAB Center is happy to co-sponsor this event, along with the Faculty of Jewish Studies, the Dept. of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, and Samuel Noah Kramer Institute of Assyriology.

Here is the detailed schedule:

Invitation to Sokoloff event


Workshop on State Formation and Identity at Megiddo and Rehov: Leipzig, Jan. 24, 2018

Omer Sergi and Assaf Kleiman of Tel Aviv University will be conducting a workshop on “State Formation and Identity in Ancient Israel: between Megiddo and Rehov”.

The workshop will be held at the Institut für Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft of the University of Leipzig and will take place on Wednesday, the 24th of January, 2018, at
Neuen Seminargebäude, Raum S 205, Campus Augustusplatz, of the University of Leipzig.  The RIAB Center is co-hosting this event.