Hanne Loeland Levinson received her PhD. from MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo where she also worked as an Associate Professor of Old Testament from 2007-2013. Dr. Loeland Levinson is the author of Silent or Salient Gender? The Interpretation of Gendered God-Language in the Hebrew Bible, Exemplified in Isaiah 42, 46, and 49. (Published by Mohr Siebeck in 2008). Her book won the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Dr. Loeland Levinson's field is Hebrew Bible and her special research interests are Women and gender studies, metaphor studies, narrative readings of the Hebrew Bible, and the understanding of death and dying in the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Loeland Levinson is a core faculty in the Religious Studies Program and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature program unit: Metaphor Theory and Hebrew Bible. During her years at the Norwegian School of Theology Dr. Loeland Levinson has been a visiting scholar at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Luther Theological Seminary (St Paul), Duke University, the Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and at the Swedish Theological Institute (Jerusalem). To find more information visit her webpage.
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Just back from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where our graduate students gave a range of wonderful papers. (I also heard presentations from several former Minnesota students, including Eric Fanning and Tom Kohn, and from Chris Nappa.) For those who were not at the meeting and could not make the practice session, I've appended a list of the student papers and links to the abstracts below. Congratulations to all the presenters; I hope you enjoyed giving your papers as much as I enjoyed hearing them in their official, public versions.
Cicero Reading Polybius: The Role of Polybius in the De Re Publica. Aaron L. Beek (University of Minnesota)
Death, Friendship, and the Republic: The Dour Settings of Cicero's De Amicitia. Andrew Willey (University of Minnesota)
Poetic Failure/Poetic Flight: The Myth of Daedalus in Horace's Odes. Cynthia A. Hornbeck (University of Minnesota)
Sex, Lies, and Visual Aids: Longus and the Art of Deception. Don M. Burrows (University of Minnesota)
The Cougar in Maiden's Clothing: Callirhoe as Phaedra. Anna E. Beek (University of Minnesota)
Reflections on an Encounter: Hermaphroditus and Salmacis in Ovid's Metamorphoses Book IV. Elizabeth A. Warner (University of Minnesota)
Purest Springs of Fire: Giants and Callimachean Poetics in Pythian 1 and 8. Christine E. Lechelt (University of Minnesota)
Friday, April 29th, 2:00-5:00pm, 140 Nolte
Literate societies, ancient and modern, produce texts of many kinds. Most texts exercise little cultural authority and are read only for brief periods of time, by small groups of individuals, and for limited purposes. But some texts achieve - or are accorded - broad significance and enduring authority. They cease to be merely writings and are transformed into scripture, which is read, studied, and attributed profound meaning of various sorts.
CNES brings together three influential scholars to discuss the phenomenon in early Judaism and the Hellenistic world during the centuries surrounding the turn of the era. Robert Lamberton (Washington University) studies how texts of Homer's poems were established, used, and interpreted in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University) examines the production, authorization, and reception of the Septuagint, the Greek Translation of the Hebrew Bible. Molly Zahn (University of Kansas) investigates the rewriting or reworking of biblical books as evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls. All three processes transpired more or less simultaneously in different parts of the ancient Mediterranean world. Each instantiates a phenomenon of establishing, authorizing, receiving, and interpreting texts that eventually attained the status of scripture.
Conventional disciplinary boundaries have tended to keep the study of ancient Greek and Hebrew literature separate. But these texts were all generated within the intersecting cultural frameworks of the ancient Mediterranean world, suggesting that new knowledge may be gained by examining them together. We expect that the panelists' areas of inquiry will not only prove mutually illuminating, but yield insights applicable to other literatures and other moments in history.
Robert Lamberton, Department of Classics, Washington University in St. Louis
Benjamin G. Wright III, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University
Molly M. Zahn, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kansas
Andrew Gallia, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Alex Jassen, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
The three panelists will each make a brief presentation based on their published work, selections of which are posted below. Participants and attendees are encouraged to read some of these selections in preparation for the panel discussion. For each panelist, one article or book chapter is highlighted as most important for apprehending his or her subject of inquiry.
Lamberton, Homer in Antiquity.pdf
Lamberton Homer Encyclopedia entries.pdf