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Convenors 2006-2008

John S. Kloppenborg

Hindy Najman

SAJC Steering Committee

John S. Kloppenborg
John Marshall
Sarianna Metso
Hindy Najman
Judith Newman

Current Program


Previous Programs





Giving the Torah at Mount Sinai, July 4-6, 2007, Durham England

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Texts and Context 29 Oct – 1 Nov 2007 University of Birmingham, UK
Contact: Dr. Charlotte Hempel at

Trinity Western University Dead Sea Scolls Conference, October 11-13, 2007

A joint conference between the Hebrew University and the University of Vienna on the topic of "The Dead Sea Scrolls in Contexts: Integrating the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Study of Ancient Texts, Languages, and Cultures",  February 11-14, 2008


The Toronto School of Theology Bible Seminar

Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins

The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature


Future Programs

Topic for the next two years
2008-2010: Historiography and Rhetoric


The CRA (formerly known as Seminar on Ancient Judaisms and Christianities or SAJC) is a seminar discussing topics determined by our steering committee (and suggestions by seminar participants). The seminar is devoted to understanding the context and interplay of religious traditions in the ancient world. The temporal focus of the seminar will be Fifth Century B.C.E. to Fifth Century C.E.

The colloquium invites research scholars and graduate students from the greater Toronto area to present participate and contribute to our seminar each year.

The topic for 2006-2008 is:
"Transpositions: Authorizing and Composing Ancient Traditions"


University College, Room 240

2007-2008 SCHEDULE

Monday, October 1, 2007 (4 P.M. - 6 P.M.)
Professor John Gager, Princeton University
Title: "Peter and Paul as Rabbinic Double Agets: Alternative Views of Christian Origins."

NOTE: This presentation has been moved to 123 St George Street (The Department for the Study of Religion) first floor.

Monday, October 15, 2007(4 P.M. - 6 P.M.)
Co-sponsored with the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Professor Christian Wildberg, Princeton University
Title: "Lucretius and Plotinus on Evil"

Thursday, November 1 — Saturday November 3, 2007
Seminar special event on Editing the Bible
Conference organized by Professor John Kloppenborg

Please click on the link to see the conference description and schedule

Friday, November 30, 2007 (11 A.M. - 1 P.M.)
Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University
Title: "Light from the Qumran Scrolls on Rabbinic Leterature"
[NOTE: Location is Woodsworth College, room 121]

Monday, January 21, 2008 (12 P.M. - 2 P.M.) NOTE THE EARLIER TIME
Co-sponsored with the Jewish Studies Program
Professor Daniel Boyarin, University of California at Berkeley
Title: "Socrates as a Fat Rabbi"

Monday, February 4, 2008 (4 P.M. - 6 P.M.)
Professor Andreas Bendlin, University of Toronto
Title: Revisiting religious persecution: The Senatus Consultum de
Bacchanalibus (186 BCE) and its (mis-)appropriations
Respondent: Professor John Marshall

Note: Presentation at Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 2C7 (on the corner of Bloor and University, across the street from the ROM, right next to the Gardiner Museum
Room 220

Monday, March 17, 2008 (4 P.M. - 6 P.M.)
Professor Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland
Title: "Gendered Sectarians: Authorizing Discourse in the Dead Sea Scrolls"
Respondent: Professor Judith Newman

Monday, March 31, 2008 (4 P.M. - 6 P.M.)
Professor Philip Harland, York University
Title: "The Days Seemed Like Years": Thessalos Prepares to Meet a God in Greco-Roman Egypt
Respondent: Professor Arthur Drodge , University of Toronto, Scarborough






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