1st volume of RIAB Series – Table of Contents

The first volume of the RIAB Minerva Center publication series – “Research on Israel and Aram in Biblical Times” (RIAB), which is published by Mohr Siebeck (of Tübingen), as a sub-series of the “Oriental Religions in Antiquity” (ORA) series, is about to appear.

The volume, entitled – Researches on Israel and Aram: Autonomy, Interdependence and Related Issues. Proceedings of the First Annual RIAB Center Conference, Leipzig, June 2016, is edited by A. Berlejung and A. Maeir (center co-directors). It represents not only the proceedings of the first annual conference of the center (and two more are currently in preparation), but hopefully the first of various volumes relating to the topics of the center.

See here for the contents of the volume: TOC_RIAB1.

Mini-Symposium “Cult and Symbolism in Ugarit and the Bible,” Jan. 6th, 2020

Please note the upcoming RIAB Minerva Center mini-symposium:

Cult and Symbolism in Ugarit and the Bible

The symposium will take place on Monday, January 6th, 2020, in the faculty meeting room (Room 312), 3rd floor, the Jewish Studies Faculty Building (Building 410), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

9:30 – Gathering and refreshments

9:45 – Prof. Herbert Niehr (University of Tübingen) – “Ba’al of Saphon and Ba’al of Ugarit: Reflections on the cults and relations of two weather-gods in Ugarit”

10:45 – Prof. Angelika Berlejung (University of Leipzig) – “Eroticism and Divine Love in the Song of Songs”

Discussions will follow each lecture.

כנס מינרבה UgaritH

Lecture by Prof. Thomas Schneider (Jan. 28, 2020)

The RIAB Minerva Center will host a guest lecture by Prof. Thomas Schneider (University of British Columbia; SUSTech University) entitled:

“Moses the Egyptian? Reconsidering the Egyptian Background of the Name and the Figure of Moses”

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, at 16:00, in the faculty meeting room (Room 311), 3rd floor, the Jewish Studies Faculty Building (Building 410), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture.

Proceedings of 1st Annual Conference of the RIAB Center published

We are glad to announce that the proceedings volume of the 1st Annual Conference of the RIAB Minerva Center (held in Leipzig, in June 2014) has been published.

The volume’s title is:

Berlejung, A., and Maeir, A. M., eds. 2019. Research on Israel and Aram: Autonomy, Interdependence and Related Issues. Proceedings of the First Annual RIAB Center Conference, Leipzig, June 2016. Research on Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB), Vol. 1. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (ISBN 978-3-16-157719-2, XVII + 501 pp).

To order the volume (and more details), go here.



Research Colloquium on “Jerusalem and the West”, Leipzig, Dec. 4th-5th, 2019

On Wednesday-Thursday, December 4th-5th, 2019, the RIAB Minerva Center will be conducting a Research Colloquium entitled:

Jerusalem and the West. Perspectives from Archaeology, Biblical Studies and History.

The Research Colloquium, organized by Felix Hagemeyer (Leipzig), will be held at the Universität Leipzig, Campus Augustusplatz, in the Neues Seminargebäude, Room S 203.

See below the planned schedule of the Research Colloquium:

Jerusalem and the West. Perspectives from Archaeology, Biblical Studies and History

4–5 December 2019, Universität Leipzig, Campus Augustusplatz,

Neues Seminargebäude, Room S 203

Wednesday, December 4th

13:30 Gathering, Coffee and Refreshments

14:00 Greetings and Introduction, Angelika Berlejung, Aren M. Maeir, Felix Hagemeyer

14:15 First Session: Jerusalem and the West in the Iron Age

Felix Hagemeyer, Universität Leipzig: Jerusalem and the West: Research desiderata and new perspectives

David Ben-Shlomo, Ariel University: Jerusalem, Judah and Philistia: Links during the Iron Age

15:45 Coffee Break

16:15 First Session – Continuation

Aren M. Maeir, Bar-Ilan University: Jerusalem and the West, through Philistia

17:00 Second Session: Jerusalem’s Hinterland and the Shephelah

Gunnar Lehmann, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: The Shephelah between Jerusalem and Gath: The early Iron Age

Hermann Michael Niemann, Universität Rostock: Jerusalem and the West: Considerations on the western border of David´s reign

19:00 Dinner

Thursday, December 5th

09:15 Gathering

09:30 Third Session: Biblical Perspectives on the West and the Southern Coastal Plain

Manfred Oeming, Universität Heidelberg: No ‘language of Ashdod’ in Jerusalem! Nehemiah’s aggressive policy against foreign ‘languages’ (Neh 13:23–31) as a necessary survival concept in the Persian-Hellenistic periods

Benedikt Hensel, Universität Mainz: The Ark Narrative(s) 1 Sam 4-6*/ 2 Sam 6* between Philistia, Jerusalem and Assur: On their historical background and literary historical place

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Fourth Session: Jerusalem and its political and economic links to the South and East

Erez Ben-Yosef, Tel Aviv University: Jerusalem’s metal supply in the Iron Age: Current state of research

Yuval Gadot, Tel Aviv University: Jerusalem and the Assyrian world order: Jerusalem and its regional connections during the 7th century BCE

13:00 Concluding Discussion

13:30 Lunch

End of conference: 14:30


Organizer and Contact Details:

Felix Hagemeyer, Leipzig University, Faculty of Theology, Unit for History and History of Religion of Ancient Israel and its Environment.

Martin-Luther-Ring 3, D-04109 Leipzig,

T: +49 341 97-35413, Felix.Hagemeyer@uni-leipzig.de

First notice on the 5th Annual Conference of the RIAB Minerva Center (Leipzig/Berlin, 8-11.6.2020)

The 5th Annual Conference of the RIAB Minerva Center will be held in Leipzig and Berlin on June 8th to 11th, 2020.

The title of the conference will be: “The Aramean network: Interdependencies and interactions in the Eastern Mediterranean”.

The first two days of the conference will be held at the University of Leipzig, while days 3 and 4 will be held at Berlin, at various museums with relevant archaeological finds.

Please note these dates in your calendar. Further details will be posted in the future.