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Babylonian and Iranian features of ancient Jewish cosmologies in the Dead-Sea Scrolls: Intellectual exchange between Jews and non-Jews in Antiquity Seminar

Dr Reverend James Parkes
Time:
18:00
Date:
13 February 2018
Venue:
Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email The Parkes Institute at parkes@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Part of The Parkes Institute's Research Seminar Series for 2017/18.

Babylonian and Iranian features of ancient Jewish cosmologies in the Dead-Sea Scrolls: Intellectual exchange between Jews and non-Jews in Antiquity

Photo of Professor Siam Bhayro
Professor Siam Bhayro

Research into the corpus of Aramaic magic bowls from late-antique Mesopotamia has gathered much momentum recently, with an emphasis on the publication of large collections and parallel texts. The texts themselves provide a lot of valuable information for various fields of study, including medical history, popular religion and cross-communal relations. This seminar will present the corpus, the issues it raises and, with attention to the particular interests of the Parkes Institute, what it tells us about Jewish - non-Jewish relations in Late-Antiquity.

Speaker information

Professor Siam Bhayro, University of Exeter. was appointed Associate Professor in Early Jewish Studies in 2016, having previously been Senior Lecturer since 2012 and Lecturer since 2007. He graduated in 1997 with a First Class Honours degree in Hebrew from the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London. He was also awarded the Faculty of Arts Prize and Medallion for that session. He gained a PhD from the same department in June 2000 for his research into the Book of Enoch. For the next two years he worked on the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew at the University of Sheffield, before working for three years as Lector of Semitic Languages in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University, one year as Wellcome Trust Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London and, finally before arriving at Exeter, one year as Research Associate at the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, University of Cambridge. He can often be seen walking his Basenji, Tiglath-Pileser III, around Exeter, and is a season ticket holder for his beloved Arsenal.

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