Ancient & Late Antique Near East Lecture Series
By Middle Eastern Studies
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The Ancient & Late Antique Near East Lectures combines recordings from two lecture series coordinated by the Middle Eastern Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin: the Ancient Near East lecture series and the Workshop on Late Antiquity. These complementary lecture series bring together scholars focusing on the civilizations and cultures of the Mediterranean and its environs from the beginnings of recorded history; the rise of Judaism; the ancient empires of the Near East including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome, and the civilizations of Phoenicia and Anatolia; the Second Temple period; Christian origins; the Byzantine Empire; and early Islam. These series are coordinated and co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies program, the Department of Art & Art History, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Classics, the Department of History, and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
||Peter’s ‘Hypocrisy’ and Paul’s: Two ‘Hypocrites’ at the Foundation of Christianity?||Workshop on Late Antiquity||7/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Eusebius of Emesa (4th century) and his Commentary on Genesis||”Between Greek and Syriac; between Judaism and Christianity”||10/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Senate and the Sun: Inspiration for the Arch of Constantine||Workshop on Late Antiquity||7/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ashkelon, Seaport of the Philistines||Workshop on Late Antiquity||7/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Demons and Evil Angels in Early Judaism||Workshop on Late Antiquity||4/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Architecture and Assemblage at the Site of Polis-Chrysochous on Cyprus||The significance of the past 30 years of field work on Cyprus provides an almost unparalleled potential to analyze the material culture of sites in the ancient world.||10/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Star-Child and his Star Food: Fragments of Visionary Experience in the Syriac Revelation of the Magi||This lecture examines the Revelation of the Magi, an apocryphal Christian text preserved in Syriac and ostensibly narrated by the Magi of Matthew's Gospel, with a focus on understanding better the unusual phenomena described in this document.||10/29/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elites, Monks, and the Making of Christian Counterculture in the 370s||In the 360s, 370s, and early 380s, however, we begin to see a movement in which educated elites turn against both their education and the careers for which it prepared them.||2/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Women Prophets in Early Christianity||Beginning with Paul's attitude toward women prophets in 1 Corinthians, Adela Yarbro Collins traces the evidence for prophetic practices in the late first and throughout the second century, investigating the participation of women.||2/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Torah and Jewish Identity in Second Temple Judaism||John Collins examines how the Torah of Moses came to be definitive for Judean identity in the Second Temple period, and the shifting ways in which the Torah’s significance was understood.||2/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||"Namely" or "Forsooth"? The disturbing history of the Syriac particle Lam||In this talk I will take a fresh look at the function of the particle in Syriac texts of various genres and periods and its possible etymology. The results will serve as a reminder of what happens when one does not read ancient texts carefully.||4/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Textually Speaking: How and Why Jews Translate the Bible (And How and Why it Matters)||Jewish translations of the Bible reflect the contexts in which their often accomplished translators worked—an area that Dr. Greenspan argues has not received sufficient attention from scholars or the general public.||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|