Contents I-XIII introduction 1-17 Division A: The Bible and Its World 18-56 Division B: History of the Jewish People 57-79 Division C: Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Law 80-93 Division C: Jewish Thought 94-154 Division D: Literatures

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Victor Hurowitz (E)

Solomon's Temple and the "Big-Foot" Temple at Ain-Dara



104 The Bible and the Ancient East – Session A

Chairperson: Dalit Rom-Shiloni

Sunday (31 July 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2714

Ada Yardeni and Bezalel Porten (E)

The Storehouse and Makkedah in the Idumean Ostraca

Laurence Kutler (E)

The Notion of Fate in Ugaritic Literature

Pnina Galpaz-Feller (H)

Symbolism of Hair in the Bible and Ancient Egyptian Culture

Gershon Galil (H)

The Rise and Fall of Two Regional Empires

105 The Ancient East – Session B

Chairperson: Gershon Galil

Sunday (31 July 2005) 14:30 - 16:30 Room: 2714

Samuel Greengus (E)

The Quarrel Between Ishboshet and Abner in Samuel 3:7-11

Pamela Barmash (E)

Interpretation in Mesopotamian Legal, Belles-Lettristic and Omen


Sharon Keller (E)

Egypt Though Israel's Eyes

106 Ancient East – Session C

Chairperson: Pnina Galpaz-Feller

Monday @(1 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2713

Maciej Mnnich (E)

The Cult of Snakes in Ancient Canaan / Israel

Ahava (Amy) Birkan (E)

The Brazen Serpent, a Perplexing Remedy: An Analysis of Num 21:4-9 in

Light of Archeology, Near Eastern Serpent Emblems, and Inner-Biblical


Sol Cohen (E)

Rabbinic Parallels in Cuneiform Literature



204 Changes in Settlement and Culture in the Persian Period – Session


Chairperson: Aaron Demsky

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2720

Yigal Levin (E)

The Southern Frontier of Yehud and the Creation of Idumea

Ian Stern (E)

Idumea During the Persian Period

Hanan Eshel (E)

Hellenism in the Land of Israel from the 5th Century BCE to the 2nd

Century BCE in Light of Semitic Epigraphy

Lisbeth S. Fried (E)

From Optimism to Doubt in Jewish Encounters with the Other

Diana Edelman (E)

Land Tenure Systems in Persian Yehud

205 Changes in Settlement and Culture in the Persian Period – Session


Chairperson: Cynthia Edenburg

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2720

Avraham Faust

Demographic Processes in Judea from the End of the Iron Age to the

Hellenistic Period

Oded Lipschits (H)

The Importance of the Yehud Stamp Impressions for Understanding the

History of Judea During the Persian Period

Einat Ambar-Armon (H)

Relations Between the Greek World and the Land of Israel During the

Persian Period

Adi Erlich

The Persian Terracotta Figurines from Maresha: Local and Regional




206 The Yeho’ash Royal Building Inscription: A New Edition

Chairperson: Shalom Pawall

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2720

Chaim (Harold R.) Cohen (H)

In Anticipation of a New Edition of the Yeho'ash Royal Building

Inscription: Philological Aspects

Amnon Rosenfeld and Shimon Ilani (H)

In Anticipation of a New Edition of the Yeho'ash Royal Building

Inscription: Philological and Geological Aspects

107 Qumran

Chairperson: Gary A. Anderson

Monday (1 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2713

Lawrence H. Schiffman (E)

Temple, Sacrifice and Priesthood in the Epistle to the Hebrews and the

Dead Sea Scrolls

Rachel Elior (H)

Enoch, Son of Jared, in the Priestly Literature and in Polemical Traditions

in Relation to the Calendar

Hagi Sefer (H)

Spouter of Lies or Righteous High Priest?

Gabriel Barzilai (E)

Offhand Biblical Exegesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls

108 The Biblical World

Chairperson: Bezalel Porten

Sunday (31 July 2005) 17:00 - 19:00 Room: 2714

Yoel Elitzur (H)

Geographical Terminology in the Bible: nhr, nhl, and nhl ytn

David Ben-Gad Hacohen (H)

"Yahweh From Sinai Came ": Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Avi Shemesh (H)

Henry Baker Tristram, Biblical Naturalist: Methods of Identifying and

Interpreting Flora and Fauna



109 Matriarchs and Patriarchs

Chairperson: Uriel Simon

Monday (1 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2713

Osnat Singer (H)

Judah's Speech (Genesis 44 vv.18-34)

Suzana Chwarts (E)

The Meaning of Walad in the Cycle of Abraham and Sarah

Yitzhak Peleg (H)

"I am the Lord Who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans…" – Who

Brought Abraham Out and from Where ?

Charlotte Katzoff (H)

The Story of Isaac and Jacob: Insights from Contemporary Analytic


111 The Giving of the Torah

Chairperson: Remon Kasher

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2713

Baruch J. Schwartz (H)

Jethro's Visit Preceded the Giving of the Torah

George Savran (H)

Elijah and Moses at Sinai

Hezi Cohen (H)

What Is the Difference Between G-d’s Direct Revelation to Man and Gd’s

Indirect Revelation in the Narrative of the Giving of the Torah

112 Prophets and Historiography

Chairperson: Shmuel Ahitov

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2713

Nili Whasana (H)

The Land that Yet Remains and the Promised Land (Jos.13:1-6)

Ahuva Ho (E)

Did Zephaniah Write the Song of Moses?

Dalit Rom-Shiloni (H)

Law Interpretation in Jeremiah: Exegetical Techniques and Ideological


Rony Goldstein (H)

Jeremiah's Prophecy on Nebuchadnezar's Conquest of Egypt



113 The Book of Ezekiel

Chairperson: Elie Asis

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2713

Yosefa Rachman (H)

The Prophetic Story about the Abandoned Baby and Her Father (Ezekiel


Tova Ganzel (H)

The Concept of Holiness in the Book of Ezekiel

Hanna Liss (E)

“The Lord is there”: The Temple Vision in the Book of Ezekiel and the

Question of Fictionality in the Hebrew Bible

Leonid Dreier (E)

The Temple of Ezekiel: Why Are Some Data Lacking?

114 The Five Megiloth

Chairperson: Yitzhak Peleg

Sunday (31 July 2005) 17:00 - 19:00 Room: 2712

Shlomo Bahar (H)

The Meaning of the Oath:" the gazelles or the wild does…"(SOS 7)

Joshua Berman (H)

The Legal Scheme of the Book of Ruth

Elie Asis (H)

The Acrostic Form in Lamentations

Dmitri Slivniak (E)

The Book of Esther: Making and Unmaking of Jewish Identity

Linda Weinhouse (E)

The Purloined Esther – Hamichtav Haganuv



115 Religion and Ritual

Chairperson: Marvin A. Sweeney

Monday (1 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2712

Tamar Kamionkowski (E)

Shem Theology in the Holiness Writings

David Lambert (E)

Fasting As a Penitential Act, a Biblical Phenomenon?

Simeon Chavel (E)

The Second Passover in the Bible

Amitai Baruchi-Unna (H)

On the Various Perceptions of the Calf Cult in the Book of Kings

116 Biblical Morality and Thought

Chairperson: Yael Shemesh

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2713

Talia Sutskover-Stadler (H)

Biblical Narrative in the Light of the Theory of Semantic Fields

Tzemah Yoreh (H)

The So-Called Rape of Dinah and the Massacre of Shechem

Amichai Nachshon (H)

Military Pioneering and Volunteering to Save Lives According to Biblical


Amnon Shapira (H)

The Biblical Roots of Modern (Buberianic) Anarchism

117 Femaleness and Motherhood in the Bible

Chairperson: George Savran

Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2714

Marzena Zawanowska (E)

Yefet ben Eli's Approach to Characterization in Biblical Narrative: The

Case of Competing Female Characters in the Story of Abraham

Yael Shemesh (H)

The Character of Rachel: From Beloved Wife to Mother of the Nation

Chaya Shraga Ben-Ayun (H)

Michal, Daughter of King Saul: A Further Look

Leila Leah Bronner (E)

"I am Mother, Hear me Roar": Maternal Power in the Hebrew Bible



118 The Status of Women in the Bible

Chairperson: Mayer Gruber

Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2714

Esther Fuchs (E)

Recent "Reconstructions" of Biblical Women: Scholarship, History, and

the Question of Gender

Joseph Fleishman (E)

On the Right of a Daughter to Her Father's Household Property:

Inheritance of the Dowry

Cynthia Edenburg (H)

The World of Ideology versus Social Reality in Deuteronomic Family


Lorit Ramon (H)

Proverbs 7 and the Riddle of the Strange Woman

119 Biblical Narrative

Chairperson: Isaac Gottlieb

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2713

Malka Shaked (H)

Biblical Women in Modern Hebrew Poetry

Marc Zvi Brettler (E)

Cohesion in the Hebrew Bible

Hava Guy (H)

The Question of the “Second Bullock” in the Story of Gideon’s Struggle

Against the Cult of the Calf

Amos Frisch (H)

Comparisons with David As a Means of Evaluation in the Book of Kings

120 Language and Literature in the Bible

Chairperson: Amos Frisch

Monday (1 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2712

Isaac Gottlieb (H)

Genesis: Opening Expressions in the Bible

Job Y. Jindo (H)

Biblical Metaphor Reconsidered: Metaphor As a Mode of Orientation

Dorit Lemberger (H)

Psalms As Language Games



431 Biblical Hebrew

Chairperson: Richard Steiner

Monday (1 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2603

Tania Notarius (H)

Verbal Tenses in the Book of Amos As Linguistic Evidence of Its Judean


M. Patrizia Sciumbata (E)

Semantic Change in Late Biblical Hebrew: The Contribution of

Paradigmatical-Componential Analysis

Haim Dihi (H)

A Compilation of Lexical Innovations in the Book of Ben Sira

121 Law and Narrative in the Bible

Chairperson: Tzemah Yoreh

Sunday (31 July 2005) 14:30 - 16:30 Room: 2712

Yael Ziegler (H)

The Oath As a Biblical Tool of Characterization:

David Elgavish (H)

Jael, Wife of Heber the Kenite, in Biblical Perspective

Assnat Bartor (H)

Reading Law As Narrative: A Study in the Casuistic Laws of the


122 Targum – Session A

Chairperson: Avigdor Shinan

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2712

Moshe J. Bernstein (E)

Reward, Punishment and Eschatology in the Aramaic Version of Psalms

Alberdina Houtman (E)

The Targumic Versions of the Martyrdom of Isaiah

Rafael B. Posen (H)

Prayer As Reflected in Targum Onkelos



123 Targum – Session B

Chairperson: Yeshayahu Maori

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2712

David Kroeze (E)

Developing a Description Method of Targum Manuscript

Kuty Renaud (E)

The Genitive Constructions in Targum Jonathan to Samuel

Julia Matushaskaja (E)

Anticuitates Judaicae As the Hellenistic Targum

Renaud Kuty (E)

The Genitive Constructions in Targum Jonathan to Samuel

124 The Bible in Jewish and Christian Traditions

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2712

Chananeal Mack (H)

Haftarot and Christianity

Lea Himmelfarb (H)

On the Relationship Between the Jewish-Christian Polemics and the

Masorah Notes in Rashi's Commentary to the Bible

Moshe Rachimi (H)

The Concealed Anti-Christian Polemic in Rav Ovadia Sforno’s

Commentary to the Pentateuch

Ari Geiger (H)

"Written Law" or "Oral Law" – How did Nicholas of Lyra Learn Jewish




125 Rashi and His Generation

Chairperson: Jonathan Jacobs

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2712

Yeshayahu Maori (H)

Divergent Aggadot in Rashi's Commentary to the Bible

Robert Harris (H)

The Understanding of Metaphor As a Device in Biblical Composition by

Twelfth Century Northern French Jewish Exegetes

Martin Lockshin (H)

Was Joseph Bekhor Shor a Peshat Exegete?

Ephraim Sand (H)

Did Rashi Support the Idea of Autonomic Morality?

126 The Commentaries of Ibn Ezra

Chairperson: Ruth Ben-Meir

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2712

Uriel Simon (H)

R. Abraham Ibn Ezra and the Karaites: The Contribution of the Heretics

to the Faithful

Ayala Mishaly (H)

Halakhic Juxtaposition and Halakhic Contrast – Abraham Ibn Ezra's

Interpretation of Leviticus 19:3

Aharon Mondschein (H)

R. Abraham Ibn Ezra Between Peshat and Mysticism



127 Bible Commentary in Spain and the East

Chairperson: Jordan Penkower

Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2712

Zohar Amar (H)

The Travels of the Children of Israel in the Sinai Desert According to Rav

Sa'adia Gaon and Maimonedes in the Light of Arab Literature

Mordechai Cohen (E)

Nahmanides' Literary Hermeneutic in Light of His Commentary on Gen


Michelle Levine (H)

Ramban's Insights on the Literary Role of Character Epithets in the Book

of Genesis

Jair Haas (H)

‘Repetition of Meaning in Different Words’ As a Poetic Ornament in

Spanish Bible Exegesis

128 Medieval Bible Commentary in Christian Lands

Chairperson: Nahem Ilan

Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2712

Jordan Penkower (H)

The Pentateuch Text in Codices Written by Early Ashkenazi Scholars in

the 10th-12th Centuries

Yitzhak Berger (E)

Exegetical Innovation in the Commentary to Chronicles in MS Munich 5

Jonathan Jacobs (H)

"Retrospection" As an Exegetical Devise in Rashbam's Torah




129 Modern Bible Criticism

Chairperson: Mordechai Cohen

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 09:00 - 11:00 Room: 2712

Baruch Alster (H)

The "Metzudot" Commentary on the Prophets and Writings with

Reference to Earlier Sources

Tmima Davidovitz (H)

Characteristic Features in Hanaziv's Exegesis According to His

Commentary on the Pentateuch

Michael Avioz (H)

The Da'at Mikra Commentary: Tradition and Criticism

130 Special Session – The Moshe Goshen-Gottstien Scholarship


Chairperson: James L. Kugel

Sunday (31 July 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2712

Yair Zakovitch (H)

A "Biblical Dictionary" in the Bible

Itamar Kislev (H)

The Counting of Jacob's Descendants Coming to Egypt: Questions of

Text and Tradition

Itshak Sappir (H)

The Meaning of Expressions Determining the Direction of Prayer in

Rabbinic Literature

131 Land, Merit and the Problem of Divine Revelation

Chairperson: Daniel Maoz

Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: 2713

Timothy Hegedus (E)

Midrash and the Letter of Barnabus

David Boossman (E)

Paul's Halachah on "Softies" and what is "Natural" in Social World


Jermay Penner (E)

Land, Merit and the Problem of Divine Revelation in Mekhilta Pisha 1



Special Sessions

The General Assembly of the Members of the World Union of Jewish

Studies and the Union Council

Monday, 1.8.2005, between 13:30-15:00 in the Dan Wassong Auditorium

(Rabin building)

Ephraim E. Urbach International Fellowship Winners

Chairperson: Anita Shapira

Monday (1 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: The Dan Wassong Auditorium

(Rabin building)

Elisheva Baumgarten (H)

Piety and Gender: Toward an Outline of the Spiritual Lives of Medieval

Jewish Women

Benjamin Brown (H)

Halakha and Religious Ethics: Creating a Conceptual Research Model

Manuela Consonni (H)

Deportation and Extermination: the Becoming and Representation of


Magda Teter (E)

Jewish Law and Canon Law: Dealing with the Other

Closing Ceremonies: The Institute of Jewish Studies and Its Role in the

Jewish Studies Department of the Hebrew University, Past and Present

(Special Session Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Institute of Jewish


Chairperson: Sara Japhet

Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: Atzmaut-Mexico Hall

Martin D. Goodman, Oxford University

Joshua Schwartz, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University

David Berger, Brooklyn College

Yeshayahu Gaffni, Chair, Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, the

Hebrew University of Jerusalem



The Nineteenth Congress of the International of Masoretic


135 The Study of the Masorah – Session A

Chairperson: Aron Dotan

Sunday (31 July 2005) 09:00 - 11:10 Room: 2713

Aron Dotan

Opening Remarks

Mordechai Breuer (H)

The Meaning of the Differences Between the Babylonian and Tiberian


Ronit Shoshani (H)

The Chronological Development of the Accent Shin/segol

Nurith Reich (H)

The Names of the Accent Shalshelet

Yosef Ofer (H)

A Babylonian List of Petuhot and Setumot Connected to "Sefer Tagge"

136 The Study of the Masorah – Session B

Sunday (31 July 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2713

Aron Dotan (H)

The Growth Processes of the Sets of Signs in the Palestinian System

Judy Weiss (E)

A Puzzling Masoretic Note: Seven-Word Verses With a Yod in Every


David \Yehuda Lyons

Research in the Cumulative Tiberian Masora: Achievements and Aims

Lea Himmelfarb (H)

The Place of Biblical Accentuation in Modern Bible Commentaries



137 The Study of the Masorah – Session C

Sunday (31 July 2005) 15:00 - 16:30 Room: 2713

Rachel Hitin-Mashiah (H)

The Accentuation of Particle-Following Combinations in the Prose Books

Israel Ben-David (H)

Incongruity in Bible Verses

Ephraim-Bezalel Halivni

Tippeha or Me'ayla: A Discussion of Two Verses



Division B: History of the Jewish People

200 Historiography and the Shaping of Identity (Plenary Session)

Chairperson: Gershon Bacon

Sunday (31 July 2005) 17:00 - 19:00 Room: The Dan Wassong Auditorium

(Rabin building)

Nadav Neheman (H)

The Past that Shapes the Present in Biblical Historiography

Chaim Milikowsky (H)

Jewish Historiography from the Closing of the Biblical Canon until

Chazal: Facts and Explanations

Reoven Bonefil (H)

The Role of Historical Memory in Political Nationalism: Heretical

Reflections on Guiding the Perplexed

Ya'akov Shavit (H)

Reconstructions of the Past As a Tool for Creating a Contemporary

Identity in Zionist Historiography

201 Jews and Other Minorities: Their Legal Status and Interrelation

(Planery Session)

Chairperson: Michael Heyd

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 17:30 - 19:30 Room: 2715

Seth Schwartz (E)

Were Jews and Christians One Group in the Pre-Constantinian Era

Moshe-David Herr (H)

The Jews and their Relationships with Dominant and Minority Population

Groups From the Second Temple Era to the Talmudic Period

Yosef Hakker (H)

Social and Religious Links Between Jews, Protestants, Catholics and

Armenians in Istanbul in the Early Modern Period

Deborah Dash Moore (E)

Jewish American and African American Reflections on Otherness in

World War II



202 The Structure and Organization of the Mishneh Torah (Plenary

Session) (in Cooperation with the Scholion: Interdisciplinary Research

Center in Jewish-Studies)

Chairperson: Yaacov Blidstein

Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: Senate Hall

Aviezer Ravizki (H)

The Image of the Leader in the Thought of Maimonides

Menachem Ben-Sasson (H)

(The First Phases) The Canonization of Maimonides – Interrelationships

of Authority and Text

Haym Soloveitchik (E)

Mishneh Torah – Dimensions and Agendas

203 Current Trends in Historical Research

Chairperson: Ram Ben-Shalom

Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 15:00 - 17:00 Room: Buber 200

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