Rescheduling Dr. Walsh’s Talk

Please note that Dr. Walsh’s talk, “Beware her Path: Eve in Greek and Syriac Poetry from Late Antiquity,” scheduled for Monday, Feb 15, will be moved to next quarter. Further updates will be posted here.

Winter Quarter 2021

Please see below for a schedule of this quarter’s events, all of which will take place via Zoom. For details or requests about accommodations, please contact Doren Snoek ( A very few updates may be forthcoming.


Monday, Feb 8, 4:30pm

“Empire Language | Nation Language: How Bible Translations Engage Race and Empire”

by Steed Davidson

Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament

McCormick Theological Seminary


Monday, Feb 15, 4:30pm

“Beware her Path: Eve in Greek and Syriac Poetry from Late Antiquity”

by Erin Galgay Walsh

Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

University of Chicago Divinity School

(cosponsored with the Early Christian Studies Workshop)


Monday, Feb 22, 4:00pm

“Habitus of Empire: The Tribute Scene in Assyrian Art”

by Jessie DeGrado

Assistant Professor of Ancient Middle East Studies

University of Michigan


Tue, Mar 9, 5:00pm

Song of Songs and Its Literary Context*

a workshop with Adele Berlin

Robert H. Smith Professor of Biblical Studies (Emerita)

University of Maryland




*Registration and light preparation for this event are required. Please contact to register.

Autumn Quarter 2020

Welcome back! Please see below for a schedule of this quarter’s events, all of which will take place via Zoom. For details or requests about accommodations, please contact Doren Snoek (

Monday, Oct 12, 4pm

“Publishing in Journals”

with Dr. Jeremy Hutton

Professor of Classical Hebrew Language and Biblical Literature

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Editor of the journal Vetus Testamentum


Tuesday, Oct 20, 6pm

A Reception for Incoming Graduate Students in Hebrew Bible and
Conversation about the Workshop


Monday, Nov 2, 12pm

“Inner-Danielic Exegesis as a Key to the Literary Development of the Book”

by Dr. Michael Segal

Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Biblical Studies

Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Tuesday, Nov 17, 4:20pm

“What Did God Write on the Tablets?”

by Justin Moses

PhD student

University of Chicago


Monday, Nov 23, 12:00pm

Topic TBD

by Sun Bok Bae

PhD candidate

University of Chicago

UPDATE: Remainder of Winter Quarter

Please note the following two workshops to round out the quarter.

Thursday, March 5, 5:00–6:30, Swift 201: David Harris, “Deuteronomy 1 in the Ethiopic Tradition: Textual and Literary Evidence of Narrative (Re)Orientation.”
Wednesday, March 11, 5:00–6:30pm, Martin Marty Library: Doren Snoek, “Scribalism and Social Memory in the Book of Chronicles.”

Please forgive the constant changing of dates. This is hopefully the last update. Reminder emails will be sent on the day of each workshop.

All the best,

Workshop Today: Matthew Novensen

Please join us today (Monday) at 4:30pm in Swift 403 for our next workshop. Dr. Matthew Novenson (Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh) will be giving a talk entitled “Law and Immorality in Paul, Origen, and the Talmud Bavli.” Dr. Novensen’s work is focussed on early Chrisianity, early Judaism, and the Second Temple period. We are co-sponsoring with Early Christian Studies Workshop.


Winter 2020 Schedule

Dear friends and colleagues,

We hope you had a restful winter break. Please see the following schedule (with updates forthcoming) and be sure to join us for our first workshop session today (Monday)!
Monday, Jan 13, 5:00–6:30, Swift 201: Ariel Kopilovitz, “Land for the Landless—Assigning Land to Displaced Minorities in Ezekiel and Neo-Babylonian Period Sources.”
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00–6:30, Swift 201: Online Resources Workshop. Students will take turns introducing the group to useful online academic resources. If you would like to participate, please reach out to Justin at
Monday, Feb 17, TBA, Co-Sponsored w/Early Christian Studies Workshop: Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh), “Law and Immorality in Paul, Origen, and the Talmud Bavli.”
Friday, Feb 28, TBA: David Harris.
Monday, Mar 9, 5:00–6:30, Swift 201: Doren Snoek.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday. Light refreshments will be served.

All the best,

Fall 2019 Schedule

Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce our calendar of events for the fall quarter of 2019:
  • Monday, October 7, 5:00–6:30pm, Swift 201: Hannah Gene Kessler Jones, “‘Disgrace in Israel’: Narrative Ambiguity and Patriarchal Anxiety in the Ancient Reception of Gen 34”.
  • Monday, October 28, 12:30pm: Dr. William Schniedewind“The ‘Isaiah, (the) Proph[et]’ Bulla and a Prophetic Scribal Guild.” Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 5:00–6:30pm, TBADavid Harris, TBA
  • Monday, November 11, 5:00–6:30pm, Swift 201: Emily Thomassen, “Coming and Going at Khirbet Qeiyafa: An Analysis of Iron Age Doorways and Cultic Spaces.”
  • Monday, November 18, 5:00–6:30, Swift 201: Sun Bok Bae, “Yahweh in a Suit: Kǝḇôḏ YHWH as the Official (Uni)Form of Divine Appearance.”
  • Monday, December 2, 5:00–6:30, Swift 201: David Ridge, TBA
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Best wishes,
Justin Moses

Spring 2019 Schedule

Dear Workshop Participants,

I’m delighted to share with you our workshop’s schedule for next quarter. Please fill out your calendars and stay tuned for future updates and details.

Monday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m.
Beatrice Rehl (Religious Studies Publisher, Cambridge University Press.)

How to Turn Dissertations into Books (3rd session in series).

Tuesday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m.

Mark Lester, (Yale University, PhD candidate).

Self-Reference, Circulation, and Preservation in Esarhaddon’s Succession Treaty.
Tuesday, May 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Simeon Chavel and Jeffrey Stackert.
How to Turn Dissertations into Books—from the perspective of the authors (4th session in series).
Tuesday, May 14, at 5:00 p.m.
Cathleen Chopra -McGowan (UChicago, PhD candidate)
May 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Doren Snoek (UChicago, PhD student).
Wishing you a productive and inspiring quarter.
Please contact me at with any questions.

Jim Eisenbraun on Turning Dissertations into Books

Dear all,

I’m happy to announce that Jim Eisenbraun, co-founder of and publisher at Eisenbrauns, has accepted our invitation to come speak to us about turning dissertations into books (Thursday, March 14, at 12:30 p.m., Swift 208). This will be the second session dedicated to this theme, and given Eisenbrauns’ special affinity to the kind of scholarship we do, it promises to be a particularly exciting talk.
Mr. Eisenbraun is generously encouraging workshop participants (be them students or faculty) to think in advance about specific questions/topics they would like him to address. We ask that you please send me your questions/suggested topics this Friday at the latest. 
Finally,In the hope of increasing the level of the conversation you are all encouraged to send me in advance a line or two with your nameyear in programtopic of dissertation and/or research interests
We hope to see you all there.


Dr. Shlomit Bechar on “The Use and Abuse of Orthostats at Hazor”

Dear all,
I have the pleasure to invite you to our next event, featuring Dr. Shlomit Bechar (Tuesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. in Swift 201). Dr. Bechar recently received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is currently co-director of excavations at the Tel-Hazor archeological site. Her talk, entitled The Use and Abuse of Orthostats at Hazor “will investigate the use of basalt orthostats (worked basalt slabs) in Syro-Anatolia throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages focusing on the changes in consumption of these at Hazor. These were used to reflect the wealth and power of the rulers of the cities in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. However, while this practice continued in the Iron Age in Syro-Anatolia, at Hazor it was entirely changed. I will argue that at Hazor they are used to glorify the destruction of the Canaanite city and to humiliate the previous royals of Hazor. I will also show how this is another practice used by the Iron Age inhabitants of the city to exhibit their victory over the Canaanite rulers of Late Bronze Age Hazor.”
We hope to see you all there for what promises to be a fascinating encounter.
(Again, some delicious treats will be served).