“Wandering Arameans”: Workshop on the Arameans Outside of Syria – Leipzig, 21-23 of October, 2014

As the part of what hopefully will turn into a long-term collaboration between the University of Leipzig and Bar-Ilan University (led by Prof. Angelika Berlejung and yours truly) on the study of the relations between the Aram and Israel in ancient times, a workshop which will deal with various aspects on the Arameans outside (and in some cases, inside) Syria will be held on October 21-13, 2014 at the University of Leipzig.

Here is the official meeting announcement and schedule:

We are pleased to invite you to the Symposium “Wandering Arameans:
Arameans outside Syria: textual and archaeological perspectives” to be
held on 21-23 October 2014. The venue will be the lecture room of the
Bibliotheca Albertina, University of Leipzig (Beethovenstraße 6,
Leipzig, Germany, D-04107). The symposium is organized by Institut für
Altes Testament der Universität Leipzig, Germany, in cooperation with
Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr Angelika Berlejung,
Institut für Altes Testament der Universität Leipzig


21.10.2014 Vortragsraum der Bibliotheca Albertina
14.30 Welcome

15.00-15.45: Yigal Levin – Bar Ilan University:
“My Father was a Wandering Aramean”: Biblical Views of the Ancestral
Relationship Between Israel and Aram

15.45-16.30: Angelika Berlejung – Leipzig University:
In Search of parallels and interconnections between the
Israelite/Judahite and Aramean cultures. The case of Hamath

16.30-17.00 coffee/tea break

17.00-17.45: Takayoshi Oshima – Leipzig University
How “Mesopotamian” was Ahiqar?

17.45-18.30: Michael Streck – Leipzig University:
Aramaic epigraphs on Cuneiform Tablets as Source for the Late
Babylonian Language

22.10.2014 Vortragsraum der Bibliotheca Albertina

10.00-10.45: Johannes Hackl – Leipzig/Wien University:
Arameans in Late Period Babylonia

10.45-11.30: Andreas Schüle – Leipzig University:
A Peripheral Aramean: Tell Deir Alla Revisited

11:30-12.45: Esther Eshel – Bar-Ilan University:
New Aramaic Divination Ostraca from Hellenistic Maresha

12:45-15.00 break

15.00-15.45: Günter Vittmann – Würzburg University:
Arameans in Ancient Egypt

15:45-16.30: Marco Frenschkowski – Leipzig University:
Traces of Aramaic Religion in Eastern Syriac Sources from Late Antiquity

16.30-17.00 coffee-tea break

17.00-17.45: Aren M. Maeir – Bar-Ilan University:
Can material evidence of the Aramean influence in Iron Age Judah and
Israel be found?

23.10.2014 (not open to public) Universität Leipzig Augustusplatz S 204
10.15-12.00 Final discussion and project outline


This should be VERY interesting – and hopefully the opening of some very fruitful research and collaboration!