From Josephus to Josippon and Beyond
23. Aug., 14:00 – 26. Aug., 20:00
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CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

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JAN WILLEM VAN HENTEN

University of Amsterdam

Professor van Henten (PhD - Leiden, 1986) has written extensively on Josephus and Hellenistic Judaism. For the past twenty-five years he has been an international leader in research on the Maccabean martyr tradition.

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MICHAEL AVIOZ

Bar-Ilan University

Professor Avioz (PhD - Bar-Ilan, 2003) has written widely on Josephus' interpretation of the Bible, particularly the Books of Samuel. He is a leader in scholarship on legal exegesis in the writings of Josephus.

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CARSON BAY

University of Bern

Dr. Bay (PhD - Florida State, 2018) has written broadly on Josephus, Pseudo-Hegesippus and the Latin Josephus tradition, and Sefer Yosippon. His current project is the first systematic study of the Hebrew Yosippon and its use of Latin sources. 

 

EVENT SPONSORS

A Big Thanks to our Supporting Institutions

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EAJS

The European Association for Jewish Studies

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UNIBE IJD

Institute for Jewish Studies Universität Bern

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BIU

Bar-Ilan University Department of Bible

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UVA ASH

Amsterdam School of Historical Studies
University of Amsterdam

 
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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Central European Summer Time (= UTC +2)

MASTERCLASS 1

14:00 - 16:00 (August 23)

Translating Josephus' Greek into Modern Hebrew & English

Instructors: Michael Avioz (Bar-Ilan University) & Steve Mason (University of Groningen)

PRE-CONFERENCE

Time for discussion, coffee, and greetings before the conference begins.

16:00 - 16:30 (August 23)

OPENING REMARKS

Formal welcome from organizers, opening discussion, & conference orientation.

16:30 - 17:00 (August 23)

BEFORE YOSIPPON: JOSEPHUS FROM ANTIQUITY TO MODERNITY

(SESSION 1)

17:00 - 20:00 (August 23)

“Interpreting Josephus Contextually: Composition, Audience, Messages, & Meaning”
Steve Mason (University of Groningen) 17:00 – 17:45


“Josephus & Legislation: Exegesis and Language in Josephus’ Treatment of Law(s)”
Silvia Castelli (Leiden University) & Michael Avioz (Bar-Ilan University) 17:45 – 18:30

“English versions of Josephus in the nineteenth century: omissions and additions”
Martin Goodman (University of Oxford) 18:30 – 19:15


“The Jewish historian and the Israeli student: Josephus in the Israeli education system”

Meir Ben Shahar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 19:15 – 20:00

ROUNDTABLE

A general discussion following the first day of the conference (open for questions).

20:00 - 20:30 (August 23)

STUDYING SEFER YOSIPPON

(SESSION 2)

14:00 - 16:15 (August 24)

“Sefer Yosippon and Its Hebrew Manuscripts: The State of the Question”
Saskia Dönitz (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) 14:00 – 14:45


Sefer Yosippon 15 (טו): The Maccabean Mother & Her Seven Sons”
Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam) 14:45 – 15:30


“Killing Matthias: De Excidio 5.22 & Sefer Yosippon 81 (פא)”
Carson Bay (University of Bern) 15:30 – 16:15

COFFEE BREAK

Open time for continued questions from sessions and general discussion.

16:15 - 16:45 (August 24)

SITUATING SEFER YOSIPPON

(SESSION 3)

16:45 - 19:45 (August 24)

Yosippon & the Latin Josephus Manuscript Tradition: Exploring Flusser’s Suggestion”
David Levenson (Florida State University) & Carson Bay (University of Bern) 16:45 – 17:30

“The Beginning of the End: The ‘Aeneid’ of Sefer Yosippon
Ruth Nisse (Wesleyan University) 17:30 – 18:15

 “‘Mothers Abraham’: Women & National Sacrifice, Then & Now”
Yael Feldman (New York University) 18:15 – 19:00


Yosippon as Innovative and Creative Historian”
Steven Bowman (University of Cincinnati) 19:00 – 19:45

ROUNDTABLE

General discussion about the day's presentations and sundry other topics.

19:45 - 20:30 (August 24)

MASTERCLASS 2

14:00 - 16:00 (August 25)

The Latin & Hebrew Reception of Josephus in the Middle Ages

Instructors: “Lege Iosephum!” Team (University of Bern): Carson Bay, René Bloch, Katharina Heyden, Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich, Anthony Ellis, Judith Mania, Sara Moscone, Lena Tröger, with special guests David Levenson (Florida State University) & Tom Martin (College of the Holy Cross)

COFFEE BREAK

Discussion following the masterclass and preceding the day's opening sessions.

16:00 - 16:30

RECEIVING SEFER YOSIPPON

(SESSION 4)

16:30 - 18:45 (August 25)

“The Christian Reception of Sefer Yosippon
Nadia Zeldes (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) 16:30 – 17:15


Sefer Yosippon & the Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela”
Daniel Stein Kokin (University of Greifswald) 17:15 – 18:00


Sefer Yosippon in the Early Modern Vernacular”
Katja Vehlow (Jewish Theological Seminary) 18:00 – 18:45

ROUNDTABLE

General discussion about the day's masterclass and presentations (and anything else).

18:45 - 20:00 (August 25)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THE RECEPTION OF JOSEPHUS & SEFER YOSIPPON AT OXFORD

“Ongoing Projects: The Oxford Josephus Reception Archive and Josephus-Josippon's English Adventures”
Tessa Rajak (University of Reading / University of Oxford)

15:30 - 16:30 (August 26)

SEFER YOSIPPON IN SEMITIC TRANSLATIONS & TRADITIONS

(SESSION 5)

17:00 - 19:45 (August 26)

“Josephus and Yosippon in Arabic Historiography: The Use of Sources in Islamic and non-Islamic Josephan Text Traditions”
Ayub Naser (University of Groningen) 17:00 – 17:45


“Zena Ayhud (‘History of the Jews’): The Text and Context of the Gəʿəz (or Ethiopic) Version of Sefer Yosippon
Yonatan Binyam (University of California - Los Angeles) 17:45 – 18:30


“History and Counter-History in the Ashkenazic Vernacular: The Yiddish Yosippon
Andrea Schatz (King’s College London) 18:30 – 19:15

CLOSING REMARKS

19:15 - 20:00

Final questions, discussion, and closing remarks.

 
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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Central European Summer Time (= UTC +2)

MASTERCLASS 1

14:00 - 16:00 (August 23)

Translating Josephus' Greek into Modern Hebrew & English

Instructors: Michael Avioz (Bar-Ilan University) & Steve Mason (University of Groningen)

PRE-CONFERENCE

16:00 - 16:30 (August 23)

Time for discussion, coffee, and greetings before the conference begins.

OPENING REMARKS

16:30 - 17:00 (August 23)

Formal welcome from organizers, opening discussion, & conference orientation.

BEFORE YOSIPPON: JOSEPHUS FROM ANTIQUITY TO MODERNITY

(SESSION 1)

17:00 - 20:00 (August 23)

“Interpreting Josephus Contextually: Composition, Audience, Messages, & Meaning”
Steve Mason (University of Groningen) 17:00 – 17:45


“Josephus & Legislation: Exegesis and Language in Josephus’ Treatment of Law(s)”
Silvia Castelli (Leiden University) & Michael Avioz (Bar-Ilan University) 17:45 – 18:30

“English versions of Josephus in the nineteenth century: omissions and additions”
Martin Goodman (University of Oxford) 18:30 – 19:15


“The Jewish historian and the Israeli student: Josephus in the Israeli education system”

Meir Ben Shahar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 19:15 – 20:00

ROUNDTABLE

20:00 - 20:30 (August 23)

A general discussion following the first day of the conference (open for questions).

STUDYING SEFER YOSIPPON

(SESSION 2)

14:00 - 16:15 (August 24)

“Sefer Yosippon and Its Hebrew Manuscripts: The State of the Question”
Saskia Dönitz (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) 14:00 – 14:45


Sefer Yosippon 15 (טו): The Maccabean Mother & Her Seven Sons”
Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam) 14:45 – 15:30


“Killing Matthias: De Excidio 5.22 & Sefer Yosippon 81 (פא)”
Carson Bay (University of Bern) 15:30 – 16:15

COFFEE BREAK

16:15 - 16:45 (August 24)

Open time for continued questions from sessions and general discussion.

SITUATING SEFER YOSIPPON

(SESSION 3)

16:45 - 19:45 (August 24)

Yosippon & the Latin Josephus Manuscript Tradition: Exploring Flusser’s Suggestion”
David Levenson (Florida State University) & Carson Bay (University of Bern) 16:45 – 17:30

“The Beginning of the End: The ‘Aeneid’ of Sefer Yosippon
Ruth Nisse (Wesleyan University) 17:30 – 18:15

 “‘Mothers Abraham’: Women & National Sacrifice, Then & Now”
Yael Feldman (New York University) 18:15 – 19:00


Yosippon as Innovative and Creative Historian”
Steven Bowman (University of Cincinnati) 19:00 – 19:45

ROUNDTABLE

19:45 - 20:30 (August 24)

General discussion about the day's presentations and sundry other topics.

MASTERCLASS 2

14:00 - 16:00 (August 25)

The Latin & Hebrew Reception of Josephus in the Middle Ages

Instructors: “Lege Iosephum!” Team (University of Bern): Carson Bay, René Bloch, Katharina Heyden, Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich, Anthony Ellis, Judith Mania, Sara Moscone, Lena Tröger, with special guests David Levenson (Florida State University) & Tom Martin (College of the Holy Cross)

COFFEE BREAK

16:00 - 16:30

Discussion following the masterclass and preceding the day's opening sessions.

RECEIVING SEFER YOSIPPON

(SESSION 4)

16:30 - 18:45 (August 25)

“The Christian Reception of Sefer Yosippon
Nadia Zeldes (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) 16:30 – 17:15


Sefer Yosippon & the Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela”
Daniel Stein Kokin (University of Greifswald) 17:15 – 18:00


Sefer Yosippon in the Early Modern Vernacular”
Katja Vehlow (Jewish Theological Seminary) 18:00 – 18:45

ROUNDTABLE

18:45 - 20:00 (August 25)

General discussion about the day's masterclass and presentations (and anything else).

SEFER YOSIPPON IN SEMITIC TRANSLATIONS & TRADITIONS

(SESSION 5)

17:00 - 19:45 (August 26)

“Josephus and Yosippon in Arabic Historiography: The Use of Sources in Islamic and non-Islamic Josephan Text Traditions”
Ayub Naser (University of Groningen) 17:00 – 17:45


“Zena Ayhud (‘History of the Jews’): The Text and Context of the Gəʿəz (or Ethiopic) Version of Sefer Yosippon
Yonatan Binyam (University of California - Los Angeles) 17:45 – 18:30


“History and Counter-History in the Ashkenazic Vernacular: The Yiddish Yosippon
Andrea Schatz (King’s College London) 18:30 – 19:15

CLOSING REMARKS

19:15 - 20:00

Final questions, discussion, and closing remarks.

 

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