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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Ancient Judaism Research Seminar: Prophetic Tenor in the Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum

Presented by Tavis Bohlinger, Durham University
11 December 2019 10:00 in Dunn Cow Cottage 103

This article seeks to demonstrate a previously-unidentified phenomenon in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (L.A.B.) which I call the “prophetical tenor.” I argue that L.A.B. offers a more idiosyncratic reading of Israel’s history than previously appreciated. Pseudo-Philo does not simply interject elements from the prophets piecemeal, but, rather, amalgamates the prophets with the patriarchs comprehensively. In other words, Pseudo-Philo does not read “backwards,” but “vatically.” In order to demonstrate the prophetical tenor of L.A.B., I present examples from three distinct categories: pre-vocalization (characters speaking words from the Prophets); character conflation (characters merged with prophetic personalities); and prophetical parlance (terminology with special significance in the Prophets). I conclude with considerations of the impact of the prophetical tenor on future readings of L.A.B., and in particular, how the theological concerns of the author are better comprehended through a “vatical” reading of the text.

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