Dirk Smilde Research Seminar

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode THMDSRSE10
Vaknaam Dirk Smilde Research Seminar
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls
Leerdoelen Topics to be addressed in the weekly seminars led by participants might include:
  • Historiography
  • Aramaic compositions
  • Canonisation processes
  • Magic
  • Calendars
  • Cultural Studies
  • Comparative Theory

The seminar is part of the Dirk Smilde Fellowship and Scholarships of the Faculty’s Qumran Institute and takes place every two years. The Dirk Smilde Fellowship is awarded to an international researcher in the field of ancient Judaism and the Dirk Smilde Scholarship is granted after an international selection to a PhD and/or postdoc.

The Dirk Smilde Research Seminar creates a stimulating environment for students and young researchers to learn to do independent research and to share that with their international peers and an international senior top researcher. Every student is responsible for a specific seminar meeting, thereby acquiring organisational, leadership and realization skills.

Learning goals: realizing research independently, sharing its progress and results with peers and seniors, reflecting on feedback and reworking this into the research
Omschrijving This research seminar addresses the broad theme of Comparative Studies as applied to Judaism in antiquity with special reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially those from the Qumran caves. In recent years the Dead Sea Scrolls from the Qumran caves have moved from being representative of a small marginal sectarian group in Judea in the three centuries before the fall of the Temple in 70 CE to being understood as a major textual resource for the understanding of Judaism in the Levant of the time of Hillel and Jesus. Though there remains a need for the careful description of the origins of each composition, their discovery together in the caves at and near Qumran provides a key starting point for their appreciation; in fact, such location and dating provides a relatively firm and fixed reference point which can be used as the basis for comparative analysis. There remains room for much further work on how their significance should be articulated and how comparative data should be selected and used.

The Research Seminar will have as its backbone a series of lectures by the 2018 Dirk Smilde Professorial Research Fellow, George Brooke. In six lectures between February and May, he will address the topic of Comparative Studies in relation to the Dead Sea Scrolls. His series of lectures will begin on Friday 2nd February 2018 with an inaugural presentation: “A Summer’s Day? With What Shall We Compare the Dead Sea Scrolls?” Five further lectures will engage with the methodologies of comparative studies, especially as those might be applied to the Scrolls, and several other topics as listed in the schedule below.

Those participating in the seminar will take it in turns to engage Comparative Studies from the broad range of their specialist interests.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm seminar
Vaksoort Research Master
Coördinator prof. dr. M. Popovic
Docent(en) prof. dr. M. Popovic
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Readings of each class wil be announced later.
Opmerkingen Study investment: 16 x 2 hrs meetings (32 hrs), preparations for meetings 95 hrs), paper (150 hrs), total 280 hrs.
Inaddition to the introductory lecture on 2nd February 2018 (Lecture 1:'A Summer's Day?'With What Shall We Compare the Dead Sea Scrolls?), the lectures and seminars will take place each Thursday from 16.15 to 18.00 as follows:
February 8
February 15 (Lecture 2: Comparing Methods and Theories)
February 22
March 1
March 8 (Lecture 3: Comparing Contexts)
March 15
March 22
April 5 (Lecture 4: Comparing Texts and their Interpretations)
April 12
April 19
April 26 (Lecture 5: Comparing Rules and Rituals)
May 17
May 24
May 31 (Lecture 6: Comparing the Incomparable)
No meetings on March 29, May 3, May 10.
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