Second Qumran Institute Symposium

The following was sent to me this morning. My Scandinavia trip for this year will be spent attending the IOSOT/IOTS next month but for those who can attend, this should be excellent.

Second Qumran Institute Symposium, 21-22 October 2010

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

The Jewish War against Rome (66-70/74): Interdisciplinary Perspectives

For more information on the conference, short abstracts and to register, please go to


Thursday, 21 October 2010

8.30 Coffee and tea

9.15-9.30 Opening

9.30-10.15 1. Steve Mason: History as Narrative or Argument? Using Josephus for the History of Roman Judaea

10.15-11.00 2. Jan Willem van Henten: Rebellion under Herod the Great and Archelaus: Analogies, Tropes and Josephus’ Reliability

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-12.15 3. Julia Wilker: Josephus, the Herodians and the Jewish War

12.15-13.00 4. Daniel Schwartz: Josephus on Albinus: The Eve of Catastrophe in Changing Retrospect


14.30-15.15 5. Robert Deutsch: The Coinage of the First Jewish Revolt, 66–73 c.e.

15.15-16.00 6. Donald Ariel: Identifying the Mints, Minters and Meanings of the First Jewish Revolt Coins

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-17.15 7. Jodi Magness: A Reconsideration of Josephus’ Testimony about Masada

17.15-18.00 8. Pieter van der Horst: Philosophia epeisaktos: Some Notes on Josephus, A.J. 18.9

18.00 Reception

19.30 Dinner

Friday, 22 October 2010

8.30 Coffee and tea

9.15-10.00 9. Andrea Berlin: Identity Politics in Early Roman Galilee

10.00-10.45 10. Jonathan Price: The Jewish Population of Jerusalem from the First Century b.c.e. to the Early Second Century c.e.

10.45-11.15 Break

11.15-12.00 11. Werner Eck: Die römischen Repräsentanten in Judaea: Provokateure oder Vertreter der römischen Macht?

12.00-12.45 12. Brian Schultz: Not Greeks but Romans: Changing Expectations for the Eschatological War in the War Texts from Qumran


14.30-15.15 13. George H. van Kooten: The Earliest Literary Witnesses to the Jewish War: Mark, 2 Thessalonians and the Revelation of John

15.15-16.00 14. James McLaren: Going to War against Rome: The Motivation of the Jewish Rebels

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-17.15 15. Uriel Rappaport: Who Were the Sicarii: Terrorists? Urban Terrorists? A Suicidal Sect (Group)? Religiously Motivated? Dynastic? Messianic? Territorial?

17.15 Reception

19.00 Dinner

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