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The Maccabees Project

seleucid vs. judean eras in the time of the maccabees

The Maccabees

about the series


The Maccabees Project Dialogues invite experts and audiences to debate and collaborate in animated, discipline-defying conversations about some of the most famous and worst understood events in ancient Jewish history: the "Maccabean Revolt" and the rise and fall of the Hasmonean Dynasty (c.167-63 BCE), which oversaw the only era of Judean political sovereignty between the Babylonian exile and the establishment of modern Israel. 

Event sponsored by the Boston College Institute for Liberal Arts and the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University.
 

Register by Wednesday, November 30 to reserve your seat »

 


fall 2016 lectures


Public Dialogue

Revolutions in Time: Seleucid Innovations in Temporal Mapping and the Emergence of Apocalyptic Chronologies in Judea

Thursday, December 1, 2016
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
STM Library, Room 319
117 Lake Street, Brighton Campus
Boston College

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Paul Kosmin (Harvard, Classics) offers a new historical account of the origins, purpose, and implications of long-term continuous chronology. Born of ideological necessity in an age of competing empires, this Seleucid innovation made possible the scientific concepts of time that structure and integrate modern societies. Its profound political and religious effects on the subject peoples are still observable in the apocalyptic chronologies and predictions of Jewish and Christian Scripture.

John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School), whose scholarship on Jewish apocalypticism has shaped the discipline 40 years, will respond to Paul's thesis. Together they will lead discussion of one of the most fascinating, consequential, and elusive aspects of our ancient heritage.

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Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus Map

Boston College is located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts. The campus is approximately six miles west of downtown Boston. 

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Scholarly Colloquium

Evidence for Concurrent Innovations in Temporality in Seleucid and Judean Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
STM Library, Room 319
117 Lake Street, Brighton Campus
Boston College

Lunch will be provided. Registration required »

Paul Kosmin (Harvard, Classics) and John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School) will lead Boston­ area researchers through close analysis of evidence from Seleucid and Judean sources that reveals contemporaneous departures from traditional methods of reckoning time, and adoption of new methods that allowed finer dividing of past time and expansive projection into future time. This seminar-style meeting will focus on a set of primary texts that will be made available to attendees in advance, upon request.

 

 

Getting to Campus


Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus Map

Boston College is located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts. The campus is approximately six miles west of downtown Boston. 

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