Friday, November 26, 2021

Online lectures on Agrippa II and on the Ark of the Covenant

H-JUDAIC announces two upcoming online lectures. They are free, but require advance registration. See the links for details.

EVENT: The Mysteries of the Ark of the Covenant (Institute of Jewish Studies UCL)

Type: Lecture
Date: November 30, 2021
Subject Fields: Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

The lecture will focus on the importance of the Ark (of God, of Yhwh, of the Covenant) in the Hebrew Bible and more specifically on the so-called Ark narrative in the books of Samuel. What was the purpose of the Ark, what did it originally contain? If the original Ark narrative ended with the transfer of the Ark to Kiriath Jearim in 1 Sam 7:1 as will be argued, what is the importance of this site? The lecture will then bring into conversation exegetical observations and the results of the excavations at Kiriath Jearim from 2017 and 2019, organized by the University of Tel Aviv and the Collège de France. The lecture will conclude with the question of the fate of the Ark after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem in 587 BCE.

Professor Thomas Christian Römer is professor and chair of the Collège de France and currently its President ...

EVENT: Agrippa II, the Last of the Herods (American Israel Numismatic Association and Institute of Jewish Studies UCL)
Type: Lecture
Date: December 16, 2021
Subject Fields: Archaeology, Ancient History, European History / Studies, Humanities, Jewish History / Studies

Agrippa II, the last king of the Herodian dynasty, was prolific in minting coins, particularly after the Judaean-Roman War. In this online lecture, David Jacobson will discuss Agrippa’s coinage as well as the writings of Josephus and epigraphic evidence for his reign. Topics considered will include the chronology of his reign, the role of his sister, Berenice, as his de-facto consort, his attitude towards the Jews and Judaism, particularly after the quelling of the First Jewish Revolt, and determining the date of his death.

Professor David Jacobson has pursued careers in both materials science and classical archaeology. ...

For a great many PaleoJudaica posts on the Ark of the Covenant, start here and just keep following those links. For posts on Herod Agrippa II, see here and links.

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