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Anmeldung noch bis 18.03.2019 für: Intensive course “Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts”, Universität Basel

Intensive course: “Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts”
Taught by: Dr. Tero Alstola
Location: University of Basel, Switzerland
Date: 4–7 June 2019
Language: English

Summary:
The Theological Faculty of the University of Basel is pleased to welcome Dr. Tero Alstola (University of Helsinki) to teach a four-day intensive course exploring the recently-published texts from Yahudu (the “town of Judah”) and their significance for understanding the lives of Judeans in Babylonia and the nature of their exile. The cuneiform sources will also be set in the framework of archaeological findings from Judah and biblical sources related to the exile.

The course can be taken for credit or audited. Students will learn about Babylonian society, the everyday life of Judean exiles, and the dynamics between immigrants, their host society and the imperial administration. Moreover, students will learn how to use primary sources to study the social history of the ancient Near East. The course will also address the methodological questions related to studying ancient societies, using historical sources, and identifying immigrants in cuneiform texts.

Knowledge of Akkadian or cuneiform script is not required, and all the sources can be read in English translation. Students who know Akkadian have a chance to familiarize themselves with the Late Babylonian dialect and with the genre of legal texts from the sixth and fifth centuries BCE.

Cost: Free of charge for students from Swiss and EUCOR universities.
For all other students, registration costs 120 CHF per person.
However, students with limited financial means may participate in the course for free. Please contact us to discuss the available options.

Registration: online before March 18, 2019

https://theologie.unibas.ch/de/fachbereiche/altes-testament-und-semitische-sprachwissenschaft/

Further information: Dr. Julia Rhyder (julia.rhyder@unibas.ch)
Organizer: Prof. Dr. Sonja Ammann (sonja.ammann@unibas.ch)
 

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