Esther Eshel and I are happy to invite you to an international conference on “The Scribe in the Biblical World” in Strasbourg on 17-19 June 2019.

UPDATE: The book is out!

This international conference focuses on the scribe’s status, training, practices, and work in the Biblical world. What was the scribe’s role in Eastern and Mediterranean societies? Were their rival scribal schools? What was their role in daily life? How many scripts and languages did they grasp? Did they master political and religious rhetoric? Did they travel or share foreign traditions, cultures, and beliefs? Were all scribes redactors, or simple copyists? What was their influence on the redaction of the Bible? How did they relate to political and religious powers? Did they have an authority of their own?

To explore these fascinating questions, we invite you to join us in Strasbourg on 17-19 June 2019 by registering here: See you soon!

— Esther Eshel & Michael Langlois

For more information, please have a look at the brochure.

This international conference is part of our research project awarded by the French-Israeli Hubert Curien Maimonides grant.

Here is the provisional program:

Monday, 17 June 2019
15:30-17:30 Private visit of the National University Library (BNU) collection of inscriptions and manuscripts
17:30-18:30 Emanuel Tov • Approaches of Scribes to the Biblical Text in Ancient Israel
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Session 1
09:30-10:10 André Lemaire • West Semitic Royal Scribes ca. 1250-600 BCE
10:10-10:50 Sara Milstein • Insights into Scribal Training: The Origins of Biblical and Mesopotamian Law
10:50-11:30 Aaron Demsky • Cursing the Authority: From Mesopotamia to Canaan and Back
Session 2
13:30-14:10 Regine Hunziker-Rodewald • Female Literacy in the Biblical World: A Search for Traces
14:10-14:50 Jan Dušek • The “Nests” of the Aramaic Scribal Culture in the 9th-8th Centuries BCE Levant: An Attempt of Identification
14:50-15:30 Anat Mendel-Geberovich • Judaean Glyptic Finds: An Updated Corpus and a Palaeographic Status Quaestionis
Session 3
16:00-16:40 Stefan Wimmer • Hieratic Numerals in Iron Age Hebrew Tax Bullae
16:40-17:20 Aren Wilson-Wright • Out of Egypt: Linguistic and Material Evidence for Egyptian Influence on Judahite Scribal Practice during the Saite Period
17:20-18:00 Tania Notarius • The Northwest Semitic — Akkadian Linguistic Convergence: sefer and sofer as a Case Study
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Session 4
09:30-10:10 Bill Schniedewind • Adaptation of Scribal Curriculum: Examples from the Letter Writing Genre
10:10-10:50 Esther Eshel & Boaz Zissu • Combining Palaeo-Hebrew and Aramaic Scripts in Ancient Inscriptions
10:50-11:30 Michael Langlois • Mixed and Peculiar Uses of the Old Hebrew Script by Dead Sea Scrolls Scribes
Session 5
13:30-14:10 Paul Mandel • Between sofer and safar: The Evolution of the Second Temple Period “Scribe”
14:10-14:50 Guy Stiebel • Text Case: Writing Under Extreme Conditions at Masada
14:50-15:30 Elisa Uusimäki • Traveling Scribes in Second Temple Judaism
Session 6
16:00-16:40 Jeffrey Stackert • Fatigue in the Revisionary Composition of the Hebrew Bible
16:40-17:20 Martin Heide • Abram’s Sojourn in Egypt (Gen 12) in Hellenistic Judaism: What Did the Scribes Transmit, What Did They Change, And Why Did They Change It?
17:20-18:00 Gemma Hayes • Scribes and their Spelling Practices in the Dead Sea Scrolls

4 thoughts on “The Scribe in the Biblical World, 17-19 June 2019 in Strasbourg

  1. Bonjour Mr Langlois,
    Merci pour tout votre travail de recherche!
    Je suis très intéressée par ce sujet des scribes dans les différentes cultures à l’époque de la Bible, mais je ne pourrai malheureusement pas venir à ce colloque. Si jamais vous publiez par la suite le résultat de vos recherches à ce sujet par écrit, pourriez-vous, s’ils vous plaît, me tenir au courant?
    Bien sincèrement,
    Gabrielle OLIVIER

    1. Ce colloque sera en effet publié sous forme de livre, je l’annoncerai sur mon site Internet. Merci ! 🙂

  2. Bonjour Monsieur,
    Je suis vos cours enregistrés en ligne sur l’ancien testament et l’initiation à l’hébreu biblique et vous remercie de vos communications (et de votre pédagogie pas si courante chez les universitaires )
    Les conférences sur les scribes seront elles en français ? Merci encore .

    1. Merci de vos compliments ! Tout le colloque sera en anglais. 😉

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