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Check out the current interviews and presentations with PETRI LUOMANEN, HIS TEAM, AND ARMIN GEERTZDALIT ROM-SHILONI and ISRAEL FINKELSTEIN.

Petri Luomanen, his research team, and Armin Geertz


Prof. Petri Luomanen, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Culture and Literature at the University of Helsinki, tells us about his current research project "Early Christianity in Cultural Evolution", funded by the Academy of Finland. We'll begin with a review of Prof. Luomanen's academic journey so far, learning how his doctoral and postdoctoral research eventually led him to analyse early Christianity in a social-scientific framework. We'll also meet Luomanen's research group and hear about the types of added value that the project on cultural evolution has given to the careers of the team members. Finally, Prof. Armin Geertz (Aarhus University), one of the advisory board members of Luomanen's project, shares his thoughts on the relevance of cultural evolutionary and bio-cultural approaches to the study of religion. Check out the presentation and feel free to engage in scholarly discussion via the comment section.


For the EABS Research Unit exploring cultural evolution, see "The Biblical World and Cultural Evolution".

The EABS would like to express its deepest gratitude to Prof. Luomanen, Prof. Geertz, and Luomanen's team for this interview. For more information on the topic, please visit Luomanen's personal website and the website of his current project. You can read more about Prof. Geertz here.

Credits: Interview by Elisa Uusimäki, University of Helsinki.
Technical Production by Ville Mäkipelto, University of Helsinki.

Dalit Rom-Shiloni

 

Prof. Dalit Rom-Shiloni from Tel Aviv University (Israel), an expert on Judean theology and ideology of the sixth century BCE and inner-biblical allusion and exegesis in prophetic literature (mainly Jeremiah and Ezekiel), presents her third field of interest: landscape and ecology in literature of the Hebrew Bible. She presents her most recent project, an electronic dictionary on nature imagery, which is designed to expand the exegetical toolbox by becoming a recognised tool that biblical scholars can turn to when addressing aspects of nature and landscape as part of their critical scholarship. Prof. Rom-Shiloni elaborates not only on the approach and structure of the dictionary, but reflects also on related challenges and obstacles. Further­more, she offers insights on how to join the DNI project as an author and gives important information on several follow-up co-operations and academic activities which originated from this project. Check out the presentation and feel free to engage in a scholarly discussion via the comment section. In addition, start using the DNI right now: http://dni.tau.ac.il/ .    

For EABS Research Units touching on aspects of nature, landscape and ecology, see the units “The Bible and Ecology  ” and “Iconography and Biblical Studies”. 

The EABS would like to express its deepest gratitude to Prof. Rom-Shiloni for this interview and for sharing her most recent research. For more information on her research, please visit her academic website: https://english.tau.ac.il/profile/dromshil .  

Credits: 
Interview by Katharina Pyschny, University of Lausanne, CH 
Technical Editing by Michael Diek, Bochum, DE 

Israel Finkelstein

 

Prof. Israel Finkelstein from Tel Aviv University (Israel), one of the leading scholars in the archaeology of the Levant and a foremost figure in the application of archaeological data in reconstructing biblical history, reflects on the relation between Archaeology and Bible. He looks back on how the relation between archaeological and biblical studies changed during his academic career, discusses his methodology in combining archaeological and biblical data and elaborates on how the so-called science revolution within archaeology effected or effects the discipline and his research in particular. Furthermore, he shares many interesting insights about a recent hot spot of his research, the question of Northern traditions and even a possible “Northern Corpus” within the texts of the Hebrew Bible. Check out the presentation and feel free to engage in a scholarly discussion via the comment section.    

For EABS Research Units relating to archaeological and biblical data, see the units “Anthropology and the Bible” and “Historical Approaches to the Bible and the Biblical World”.

The EABS would like to express its deepest gratitude to Prof. Finkelstein for this interview and for sharing his most recent research ideas. For more information on his research, please visit his personal website: https://israelfinkelstein.wordpress.com/.  

Credits: 
Interview by Katharina Pyschny, University of Lausanne, CH 
Technical Editing by Lukas Brand, Ruhr-University Bochum, De

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