Groningen-Leuven-Oxford Network Conference, 8-9 March 2021

University of Oxford | Oriel Centre for the Study of the Bible

Hebrew Bible and Jewish  Antiquity

For any questions please contact: Stefania Beitia, PA to Professor Hindy Najman and Administrator for the Oriel Centre for the Study of the Bible (

Lula Mae Blocton, Summer Ease, 1975

Session I

Chair: Hindy Najman (Oriel)

Day 1

9:00 – 9:30                  Arjen Bakker (University of Groningen)

Keynote & Opening Remarks: Cosmic Cycles of Praise: from Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond

9:30 – 10:00                Rebekah Van Sant Clark (Oriel)

Diaspora as Wilderness in the Book(s) of Esther

10:00 – 10:30              Danilo Verde (KU Leuven)

Keeping the Wounds Gaping: on the socio-cultural function of the Psalms after the Babylonian catastrophe


10:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30              Barry Hartog (Protestant Theology University, Groningen) Cosmopolitan Qumran

11:30 – 12:00              Gemma Hayes (University of Groningen)

The Literary Concerns of a Scribe from Qumran

12:00 – 12:30              Ayhan Aksu (University of Groningen)

Imported scrap paper? Papyrus as a writing material in the Dead Sea Scrolls


12:30 – 1:30

Session II (part 1)

Chair: Mladen Popović (University of Groningen)

1:30 – 2:00                  Tim Lee (Wycliffe)

The Greek Minor Prophets Scroll and Kaige Tradition within Greek Bible Translations and Second Temple Judaism

2:00 – 2:30                  Bryan Beeckman (KU Leuven)

Verba Rara Amicorum Iob: The Greek rendering of Hebrew absolute Hapax Legomena in the speeches of Eliphaz, Bildad and Elihu in LXX Job

2:30 – 3:00                  Eelco Glas (University of Groningen)

The Formalities of Fiction in Philo’s Biblical Biographies


3:00 – 3:30

Session II (part 2)

Chair: Eibert Tigchelaar (KU Leuven)

3:30 – 4:00                  Drew Longacre (University of Groningen)

Stylistic Paleographic Analysis and the Forms and Functions of the Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls

4:00 – 4:30                  Hila Dayfani (Oriel)

The Textual Value of 4QpaleoGenEx(l)

4:30 – 5:00                  Mladen Popović (University of Groningen) & Maruf Dhali (University of Groningen)

Keynote: Dating Undated Manuscripts: artificial intelligence, radiocarbon dating and palaeography of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Session III

Chair: Hindy Najman (Oriel)

9:00 – 9:30                  Hector Patmore (KU Leuven)

Day 2

Morning Keynote: Does 11QApocryphal Psalms contain an exorcistic rite?

9:30 – 10:00                Daniel Waller (Oriel)

How to Imagine a Demon: pain, illness, and the shape of demonic bodies in Late Antique Judaism

10:00 – 10:30              Shannon Parrott (Wycliffe)

Apparel Oft Proclaims the (Jerusale)man: the priority of dress and formation of the subject in Isaiah 61:10-11


10:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30              Hallel Baitner (Wolfson)

Here and There – Mutual Influence of Textual Parallels

11:30 – 12:00              Ruwan van der Iest (University of Groningen)

From Aramaic to Judean Law: on the individuality and development of the legal system attested in the Aramaic papyri discovered on Elephantine Island

12:00 – 12:30              Shlomi Efrati (KU Leuven)

‘To Till It and Tend It’: the agricultural wisdom of Musar LaMevin reconsidered


12:30 – 1:30

Session IV

Chair: Arjen Bakker (University of Groningen)

1:30 – 2:00                  Alexander McCarron (St Catherine’s)

Deconstructing the Aramaic Fragments of the Enochic Theophany in 4QEna and 4QEnc (1 Enoch 1:1-9)

2:00 – 2:30                  Judith Clark (Oriel)

Liturgy and Heavenly Beings within the Hebrew Bible

2:30 – 3:00                  Wenyue Qiang (St. Cross)

The Divine Discourse in the Temple Scroll and the Book of Jubilees


3:00 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:00                  Sarah Wisialowski (Oriel)

Confession in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls

4:00 – 4:30                  Jiani Sun (Oriel)

Flowers of Evil: constructing the wicked in Wisdom of Solomon

4:30 – 5:00                  Eibert Tigchelaar (KU Leuven) & Hindy Najman (Oriel)

Keynote & Closing Remarks: Authorship and Intention: rethinking scholarly constructions

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