Book tickets for our conference:

Thursday January 19th

Jewish Writing in Poland


For more events, see our Spring 2017 Public Lectures Programme.

AHRC Major Research Project: Medieval Monographs on the Jewish Calendar

Time, astronomy, and calendars in Jewish tradition

Monday, June 25th (evening)

Tuesday June 26th (all day)

Wednesday June 27th (all day)

The scope of the conference is intended to be wide, including all aspects of time and the reckoning of time, astronomy and astrology, and calendars and chronology, in the context of Jewish history, literature, religion, and generally all aspects of Jewish culture. The conference will be hosted jointly by the Institute of Jewish Studies and the AHRC major research project, ‘Medieval Monographs on the Jewish Calendar’

Monday June 25th

6.00: Drinks reception
Venue: Garden Room, Wilkins Building

6.45: Sacha Stern (UCL):  Book launch: - ‘Calendars in Antiquity. Empires, States, and Societies’ (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Venue: Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, 2nd floor, Wilkins Building

Tuesday June 26th

Venue: J.Z. Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building, UCL, Gower Street (south of the main university entrance)

Session 1: Antiquity: Jewish astronomy and chronology

9:30 – 9:45: Sacha Stern:   Welcome and introduction

9:45 – 10:30: Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa):- ‘1 Enoch 82: the first Jewish parapegma’

10:30 – 11:15: Chaim Milikowsky (Bar-Ilan):-   ‘Seder Olam – a Jewish chronography between rabbinic culture and the Jewish-Hellenistic world’

11:15 – 11:30: Coffee

11:30 – 12:15: Reimund Leicht (Hebrew University):-  ‘Astronomy, calendars and Jewish cosmologies in late antiquity’

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch

Session 2: The Jewish calendar in the early Middle Ages

1:15 – 2:00: François de Blois (UCL):-  ‘Early Muslim and Christian sources about the Jewish calendar’

2:00 – 2:45: Marina Rustow (Johns Hopkins):-  ‘The Jewish calendar controversy of 921–22: Text, Transmission and History’

2:45 – 3:00: Tea

Session 3: Jewish medieval astronomy

3:00 – 3:45: Raymond Mercier (Cambridge):-  ‘The Astronomical Tables of Abraham bar Hiyya’

3:45 – 4:30: Josefina Rodriguez Arribas (Warburg Institute):-  ‘Medieval Jews and medieval astrolabes: where, why, how, and what for?’


Venue: J.Z. Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building, UCL, Gower Street

Session 4: Abraham ibn Ezra

9:30 – 10:15: Shlomo Sela (Bar-Ilan):- ‘Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Writings: – The State of the Art’

10:15 – 11:00: Kineret Sittig (UCL):-  ‘The Sabbath Epistle by Abraham ibn Ezra: a treatise on the beginning of the day’

11:00 – 11:30: Coffee

Session 5: Medieval Jewish calendars and time

11:30 – 12:15: Ilana Wartenberg (UCL):-  ‘The Hebrew calendrical bookshelf of the 12th century’

12:15 – 1:00: Israel Sandman (UCL):-  ‘Scribal prerogative in modifying calendrical tables’

1:00 – 2:15: Lunch

2:15 – 3:00: Tzvi Langermann (Bar-Ilan):-  ‘Cyclical time in Jewish thought’

3:00 – 3:45: Justine Isserles (UCL):-  ‘Some dietary and hygiene calendars in Hebrew manuscripts from medieval Ashkenaz’

3:45 – 4:15: Tea

Session 6: The Jewish calendar from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period

4:15 – 5:00: Philipp Nothaft (UCL):- ‘Me pudet audire Iudeum talia scire: late medieval Latin texts on the Jewish calendar (14th-15th cents.)’
5:00 – 5:45: Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia):- ‘Sifre Evronot: illustrated Jewish books of time in early modern Europe’

5:45 – 6:00: Sacha Stern:-  Concluding remarks

6.15 - 6:45: Drinks reception
Venue: Garden Room, Wilkins Building

6.45– 8:00: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute) -  Keynote and closing lecture (jointly with the BAJS conference):-   'How was the science of the stars assimilated into Latin and Hebrew in the second quarter of the twelfth century?'
Venue: Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, 2nd floor, Wilkins Building


Institute of Jewish Studies preferred contact is e-mail: ijs@ucl.ac.uk (tel 020 7679 3520)

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