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2015 ASOR Annual Meeting Presentations [VIDEO]

At the 2015 ASOR Annual Meeting, several of our members graciously volunteered to have their presentations recorded for ASORtv. Some presenters met with our Digital Media Specialist to read their papers, and some volunteers were recorded in session […]


The Christian Monks Who Saved Jewish History

One of the most remarkable anomalies of Jewish history is that its most popular literature…one of the most remarkable anomalies of Jewish history is that its most popular literature […]


The Grammar of Messianism

Messianism is one of those classic topics in Jewish studies that suffers not for lack of attention but rather for confusion […]


Rebuilding Eden in the Land of Eridu

The site of Eridu had a special place in the Mesopotamian tradition. In Babylonian literature the relevance of Eridu […]


The Exodus in Archaeology and Text

The Exodus is at the core of the Bible: understanding it requires a fusion of archaeology and texts. But a new interpretation suggests that scholars should be looking for […]


The Pharaoh’s Magic - Imagery and Diplomacy in the Late Bronze Age

What was the ‘actual’ role of ancient Egyptian magic in the royal palace […]


Sunlight and Shade in the First Cities - A Sensory Archaeology of Early Iraq

Sunlight and Shade in the First Cities explores the interaction of sunlight and architecture in the urban landscapes of Bronze Age Mesopotamian cities […]


Were YHWH and Dionysus Once the Same God?

Who was YHWH? Did he have any parallels – or shared ancestors –elsewhere in the ancient Mediterranean world […]


The Invention of Judaism. Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul

When did Jews become Jews? Was being a “Judean” or a “Jew” a question of place and religion, or was it an identity founded in the Law? A new book shows the answer to be neither simple nor stable.


Rescuing Syriac Manuscripts in Iraq

The Mār Behnam manuscripts date between the 13th and the 20th centuries, some exhibiting outstanding Syriac calligraphy […]


Silk Textiles in the Southern Levant

The Hebrew word for silk appears only twice in the Bible. But after 400 CE, as Christianity and pilgrimage expanded, silk from Egypt and Syria began to appear, and to be preserved in the arid zones of the Southern Levant.

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