Starts: Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
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Professor Sacha Stern - Professor of Rabbinic Judaism and Head of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
Sacha Stern is Professor of Rabbinic Judaism and Head of Department at the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He holds a BA in Ancient History from Oxford (1986), an MA in Social Anthropology from UCL (1988), and a D.Phil in Jewish Studies from Oxford (1992). He has also studied in Yeshivot in Israel. Before joining UCL in 2005, he was Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Jews' College, London and then Reader in Jewish Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies).
Prof. Sacha Stern specializes in Jewish history in Antiquity. Besides
general articles on early rabbinic literature and rabbinic history (e.g.
'Attribution and authorship in the Babylonian Talmud' and 'Rabbi and the origins
of the Patriarchate'), his research has focussed on two main areas: (1) Jewish
identity and early rabbinic attitudes towards pagans and paganism (more
recently, with articles on attitudes to non-Jewish wine, to Graeco-Roman images,
and on Jewish participation in pagan cults); (2) the Jewish calendar, the
concept of time in ancient Judaism, and the history of calendars in
His latest monograph, Calendars in Antiquity (2012),examines the calendars of ancient Mespotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, Gaul, and all other parts of the Mediterranean and the Near East, from the origins up to and including Jewish and Christian calendars in late Antiquity. He points out the political context in which ancient calendars were designed and managed. Set and controlled by political rulers, calendars served as expressions of political power, as mechanisms of social control, and sometimes as assertions of political independence, or even of sub-culture and dissidence. Stern contends that calendars should not be treated as a technical curiosity, but rather as an integral part of ancient culture and society.
From October 2008, he has been directing several major research projects on the Jewish calendar in the Middle Ages: "Medieval Monographs on the Jewish Calendar" (AHRC), “The Jewish Calendar in Early Islamic Sources” (Leverhulme), "Medieval Christian And Jewish Calendar Texts From England And Franco-Germany" (Leverhulme), and “Jewish calendar controversies in the 10th-11th centuries Near East: a historical and codicological analysis” (British Academy), with a total staff of five Research Associates and several international collaborators. The aim of these projects is to produce critical editions, with translation and commentary, of some of the most important medieval texts in Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin on the Jewish calendar, and to establish their literary and historical context in relation to medieval culture and literature, the history of science, and inter-faith relations.
Sacha Stern is editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies (jointly with Prof. Geza Vermes) and of the Brill series Texts and Studies on Time, Astronomy, and Calendars (jointly with Prof. Charles Burnett).
- Jewish Identity in Early Rabbinic Writings (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994).
- Calendar and Community: a History of the Jewish Calendar, 2nd cent. BCE – 10th cent. CE. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
- Time and Process in Ancient Judaism (Oxford: Littman Library, 2003).
- (ed.) Sects and Sectarianism in Jewish History (IJS Studies in Judaica 12, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2011)
- Calendars and Antiquity: Empires, States, and Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
- "Attribution and authorship in the Babylonian Talmud", Journal of Jewish Studies 45 (1994), pp.28-51.
- "The concept of authorship in the Babylonian Talmud", Journal of Jewish Studies 46 (1995), pp.183-95.
- "Figurative art and halakha in the Mishnaic-Talmudic period", Zion 61 (1996), pp.397-419 (in Hebrew).
- "Fictitious calendars: early rabbinic notions of time, astronomy, and reality", Jewish Quarterly Review 87 (1996), pp.103-29.
- "New Tombstones from Zoar (Moussaieff Collection)", Tarbiz 68 (1999), pp.177-85 (in Hebrew).
- "The Babylonian Calendar at Elephantine", in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 130 (2000), pp.159-71.
- "Rabbi and the origins of the patriarchate", Journal of Jewish Studies 54 (2003), pp.192-215.
- "Near Eastern lunar calendars in the Syriac Martyr Acts", Le Muséon 117 (2004), pp.447-72.
- (with Haggai Misgav) "Four additional tombstones from Zoar", Tarbiz, 74 (2005), pp. 137-51 (in Hebrew).
- (with Piergabriele Mancuso) "An astronomical table of Shabbetai Donnolo and the Jewish calendar in 10th-century Italy", in Aleph. Historical Studies in Science and Judaism 7 (2007), pp.13-41.
- "The Babylonian month and the new moon: sighting and prediction", Journal for the History of Astronomy 39.1 (2008), pp.19-42.
- ‘A ‘Jewish’ birth record, sambat-, and the calendar of Salamis’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 172 (2010), pp. 105-14
Chapters in Books
- "Dissonance and misunderstanding in Jewish-Roman Relations", in M.D.Goodman (ed.), Jews in a Graeco-Roman World (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998), pp.241-50.
- "Qumran calendars: theory and practice", in T.Lim (ed.), The Dead Sea Scrolls in their Historical Context (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000), pp.179-86.
- "Pagan images in late antique Palestinian synagogues", in S.Mitchell and G.Greatrex (eds.), Ethnicity and Culture in Late Antiquity (London: Duckworth and Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2000), pp.241-52.
- "Jewish calendar reckoning in Graeco-Roman cities", in J.R. Bartlett (ed.), Jews in the Hellenistic and Roman Cities (London: Routledge, 2002), pp.107-16.
- "The rabbinic concept of time from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages", in Time and Eternity: the Medieval Discourse (G. Jaritz and G. Moreno-Riaño eds.), Turnhout: Brepols, 2003, pp.129-45.
- "Avodah Zarah", "Calendar", "Mishnah", "Quartodeciman controversy", "Sadducees", and "Talmud", in E. Kessler and N. Wenborn (eds), A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
- ‘Rabbinic academies in late antiquity: state of current research’, in H. Hugonnard-Roche (ed.), L'Enseignement supérieur dans les mondes antiques et médiévaux (Paris: Vrin, 2008) pp. 221-238.
- ‘Qumran calendars and sectarianism’, in T. Lim and J. Collins (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) pp.232-53.
- ‘The Talmud Yerushalmi’, in P.S. Alexander and M. Goodman (eds.), Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine (Proceedings of the British Academy 165), (London: British Academy, 2010) pp.143-64.
- ‘The ‘sectarian’ calendar of Qumran’, in S. Stern (ed.), Sects and Sectarianism in Jewish History (Leiden: Brill, 2011) pp.39-62.
- Stern, S.D. (2012). The Rabbinic New Moon Procedure: Context and Significance. In J. Ben-Dov, W. Horowitz, J. Steele (Eds.), Living the Lunar Calendar (pp.211.230). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Review article of E. Schürer, The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ (revised edition), Christian Jewish Relations 21.4 (1988), pp.49-59.
- Review article of E.P. Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief: 63BCE - 66CE (1992), Journal of Jewish Studies 43 (1992), pp.307-12.
- "The death of idolatry?", in Le'ela, April 1993, pp.26-8.
- "The second day of yom tov in Talmudic and Geonic literature", in Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies (1993), Jerusalem, 1994, vol.C.1, pp.49-55.
- "The Origins of the Jewish Calendar", Le'ela, October 1997, pp.2-5.