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
This article seeks to demonstrate a previously-unidentified phenomenon in Pseudo-Philoâ€™s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (L.A.B.) which I call the â€œprophetical tenor.â€ I argue that L.A.B. offers a more idiosyncratic reading of Israelâ€™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 â€œbackwards,â€ but â€œvatically.â€ 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 â€œvaticalâ€ reading of the text.
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