Seeking Shushan

Seeking ShushanIt didn’t take very long after the destruction of the First Temple for a few Jews in the service of the Babylonian government to reach the city of Shushan (Susa), located in present-day south-western Iran. Daniel 8:2 identifies Shushan as the capital of Elam, whose king, Kedarla’omer, was involved in the War of the Kings back in the times of Avraham, as described in Bereshis 14. Indeed, archaeological evidence shows that by the time these few Jews reached Shushan after the Churban it had long been a commercial and administrative center. It was first conquered by Ashur (Assyria), after which it briefly regained its independence after the fall of Assyria to Babylonia. It was then swallowed up by the newly emerging Persian Empire of Koresh (Cyrus the Great), who overthrew the Babylonian Empire.

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“An End To Antisemitism!” Conference

An End to Antisemitism Conference

“An End to Antisemitism!” – University of Vienna in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, New York University and Tel Aviv University

Sunday, 18 February until Thursday, 22 February 2018
Campus of the University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Spitalgasse 2

Not only research on antisemitism, but also the prevention of hatred of Jews, now and in the future, are the goals of the international conference “An End to Antisemitism!” which will take place at the University of Vienna from 18-22 February. Highly recognized experts from all over the world, including many renowned political and religious decision makers will discuss the complex phenomenon of antisemitism.

My lectures:

  • Monday, February 19 at 10:25 AM: “Scrolls, Testament and Talmud: Issues of Anti-Semitism in the Study of Ancient Judaism”
  • Monday, February 19 at 8 PM: Round Table Discussion: “Antisemitism and the Abrahamitic Religions” with Bishop Michael BÜNKER | Imam Hassen CHALGHOUMI | Archbishop Pierbattista PIZZABALLA | Rabbi Abraham SKORKA
  • Wednesday, February 21 at 5 PM: “Discussion of Policies to Fight Antisemitism I”
  • Thursday, February 22 at 5 PM: “Discussion of Policies to Fight Antisemitism II”

Living the Dead Sea Scrolls

Living the Dead Sea ScrollsThis interview with Eve Harow covers such diverse topics as the Essenes, calendar controversies, the history and future of Scrolls scholarship, Jewish-Christian relations and the historic Jesus.

Here’s the blurb:

Professor Lawrence Schiffman is one of the world’s experts  on the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th Century, the Dead Sea Scrolls. He spoke  with Eve last week in Birmingham in the United Kingdom at the annual Limmud UK conference where he had standing room only audiences in his fascinating lectures. Listen in to their lively conversation on Pharisees and Sadducces, Essenes, the Talmud, Christianity, anti-Semitism, modern contacts between Jews and Catholics and so much more. A brilliant man with tremendous knowledge  and experience  on many and varied topics.

Listen to it on The Land of Israel Network.