Paper on Philistine names at upcoming “Names Conference” at BIU

Dr. Yigal Levin has sent out the program for the forthcoming 12th International Conference on Jewish Names which will be held at Bar-Ilan University on March 18th, 2015 (which by the way is my birthday…)

Among other papers to be presented at this interesting meeting, I will be giving a paper (along with Louise Hitchcock and Brent Davis in absentia) on a fresh look at Philistine names and terms, and what they can and cannot tell us about Philistine origins, language(s), social structure and other issues.

Here is the complete program of the meeting:

Bar-Ilan University

The Faculty of Jewish Studies

The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Judaism

The Project for the Study of Jewish Names

The Twelfth International Conference on Jewish Names

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Feldman Hall, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Session A, 9:00-10:30: Names in Bible and Epigraphy

Chair: Dr. Michael Avioz, Bar-Ilan University

Mitka R. Golub, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem: Personal Names from the First Temple Period: Archaeological and Biblical Sources (Heb)

David Shneor, Shaanan College: Criteria for the Identification of Biblical Toponyms in the Writings of Ishtori Happarhi (Heb)

Asher Ovadiah, Tel Aviv University: Hebrew Inscriptions with Jewish Names in Elijah’s Cave at the Foot of Mount Carmel (Heb)

Yigal Bloch, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem: A Jewish Name in a Babylonian Toponym of 425 B.C.E. (Eng)

Session B: 10:45-12:15: Names in Eastern Jewish Communities

Chair: Prof. Yaron Harel, Head of the Department of Jewish History and the Dahan Center, Bar-Ilan University

Victor Hayoun, The Association for the Heritage of Tunisian Jewry: First Names in the Jewish Community of Tunisia (Heb)

Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky, Ariel University: Surnames of Izmir Jews in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Social and Historical Aspects (Heb)

Dov Cohen, Bar-Ilan University: Family Names of Cohanim in Izmir – the Cohen-Arias Family (1670-1970) as a Test Case (Heb)

Esther Shkalim, Tel-Aviv University: Family Names of Iranian Jews: Their Sources and Meanings (Heb)

Session C: 10:45-12:15 (room 102): 10:45-12:15: Names in the Ancient and Medieval Periods:

Chair: Dr. Itzhak Shai, Ariel University

Aren M. Maeir, Bar-Ilan University; Brent Davis and Louise A. Hitchcock, University of Melbourne: Philistine Names and Terms Once Again: A Recent Perspective (Eng)

Elody di Vito, EPHE Paris, Hebrew Names in Phoenician Inscriptions (Eng)

Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman, Vanderbilt University: Jewish Onomastics, the Cairo Geniza, and Westward Migration in the Medieval Period (Eng)

Ricardo Muñoz Solla, Universidad de Salamanca: On Hispano-Jewish Medieval Anthroponomy: The Case Study of Medina de Pomar (Burgos, XVth century) (Eng)

Lunch Break

Session D: 13:30-15:30: Names in Different Jewish Communities:

Chair: Dr. Orly C. Meron, Bar-Ilan University

Yosef Rivlin, Bar-Ilan University: The Meaning of Fictitious Names in the Responsa Literature (Heb)

Chanan Rapaport, The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center: Jewish Family Names Composed of Acronyms – Notaricons (Heb)

Aharon Gaimani, Bar-Ilan University: The Influence of Rabbi Yehudah Heḥasid’s Ethical Will on Names in Jewish Communities (Heb)

Reuven Enoch, Ariel University: Last Names of Georgian Jews Based on Word-Combinations (Heb)

Reut Green: Name Giving as a Major Component of the Development of Hebrew Identity (1882-1914) (Heb)

Session E: 13:30-15:30 (room 102): 13:30-15:30: Jewish Names East and West:

Chair: Dr. Debra Kaplan, Bar-Ilan University

Johannes Czakai, Freie Universität Berlin: The Galician Konskription of 1785: The First Jewish Name Regulation (Eng)

Felicia Waldman, University of Bucharest: Sephardic Names in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Bucharest (Eng)

Grant Smith, Eastern Washington University: The Semiotics of Antonio and Shylock (Eng)

Alexandre Beider, Paris: Etymology of Jewish Surnames from the Maghreb (Eng)

Session F: 15:45-17:45: Names in Modern Hebrew Literature and Linguistics:

Chair: Prof. Aaron Demsky, Head of the Project for the Study of Jewish Names, Bar-Ilan University

Greetings: Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, President, Bar-Ilan University

       Prof. Elie Assis, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University

       Prof. Yaron Harel, Head of the Department of Jewish History and the Dahan Center, Bar-Ilan University

Erez Biton, Poet, Bialik Prize Laureate for 2015: Names in My Literary Ouvrage (Heb)

Ofra Matzov-Cohen, Ariel University: Names and their Contribution to the Text: A Comparative Study of the Novel Ahavah Shel Saltanat (Saltanat’s Love) and the Biography Zion Ezri, Beoz Ubehahavat Zion(With Courage and the Love of Zion) (Heb)

Ziva Feldman, Ariel University: The Poetics of Hanoch Levin and the Names of the Characters in his Works (Heb)

Tsvi Sadan, Bar-Ilan University: Toward the Onomastic Lexicography of Modern Hebrew (Heb)

Session G: 18:00-19:30: Names in the Land and State of Israel:

Chair: Dr. Dotan Arad, Bar-Ilan University

Shlomit Landman, Achva Academic College: The Cultural Perspective of Given Names in Israel, Based on Qualitative Interviews with Parents (Heb)

Sapir Omer Osias, Bar-Ilan University: Hebraization of Names in the Yishuv Period from the Second Half of the 19th Century: Perception, Progression and Effects (Heb)

Matanya Weynberger, Ariel University: The Hebraization of Family Names: Knesset Discussions from the 1950s (Heb)

Adel Shakour, Al-Qasemi Academy: Giving Children Hebrew Names in Druze Society in Israel (Heb)

The organizing committee: A. Demsky, Y. Levin, B. Kotlerman, I. Breier, T. Sadan

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