Course announcement: Study trip to Jerusalem, 19-28 October 2020 (NNJCI)

It has been a while since we have posted a blog, in which time you will all have felt the effects of Covid-19 in your teaching, research, and personal lives. We hope that you are as well as you can be, and wish you all a safe and joyful midsommar.

Before we go into the summer break, we wanted to share the re-issued call for applicants to the doctoral course and study trip, entitled “Jerusalem in History and Imagination.” The course is organised by Anders-Christian Lund Jacobsen and Kasper Bro Larsen at Aarhus University on behalf of the Nordic Network for the study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the First Millennium, and remains scheduled for 19-28 October 2020.

The deadline for applications has been extended until 10 August, with no deposit or application fee required. A final decision on whether the trip can go ahead amid coronavirus-related developments and travel advice will be taken on 15 August.

For further details and to register your interest see the NNJCI website.

The Nordic Network for Jewish Studies was founded and is run by Dr Katharina Keim and Dr Karin Zetterholm at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. You are welcome to get in touch with us at admin[dot]nordicjewishstudies[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se.

Online course announcement: Classic Rabbinic Texts, Lund University

Course title: Classic Rabbinic Texts (TRVN13)

Host institution: Lund University

Abstract: This course offers a study of a selection of texts from classical rabbinic literature from the Mishnah to the Babylonian Talmud. After a brief survey of the emergence of the rabbinic movement and the political, cultural and linguistic context in which it developed, the main part of the course is devoted to close readings of a selection of rabbinic texts in Hebrew/Aramaic with a translation. To enable the inclusion of a larger number of texts in order to display the various genres included in rabbinic literature, some texts will be read only in translation. In addition to acquiring and developing skills in rabbinic Hebrew, students will gain insights into rabbinic thought and culture, and acquire a basic knowledge of the scope, style and characteristics of rabbinic texts. The main focus will be on the Mishnah (early 3rd century), the Mekhilta (late 3rd century), Genesis and Leviticus Rabbah (early 5th century) and the Babylonian Talmud (300–700 C.E).

Format: The course is taught online over the entire semester (September–December with the exam due in the second half of December). It also includes a 2-day seminar in Lund, November 4–5, 2020, which is a very important part of the course.

Language of instruction: English.

Context: The course is part of the joint Religious Roots of Europe MA programme, which is shared between the universities of Lund, Copenhagen, and Oslo. The course can be taken as part of this programme, but can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for fall courses is April 15, 2020. For information about key dates and the application process, see

NB: More general information in English is to be found through the general university admissions pages, but you will have to apply in the Swedish system since the deadline for international students has already passed (but this should be no problem for Scandinavian students).

For more information, please see You are also welcome to contact Dr Zetterholm directly.

Membership Update

We are so grateful to see how positively this initiative has been received by colleagues across the Nordic region. We circulated an introduction to the Network to colleagues and students across the Nordic region by email, and have been surprised by how many responses we have received. We are pleased to say that so far 63 people have completed our GoogleForm, including a number of people that we have not been in touch with before. This is fantastic, and we hope that you will continue to share news of the Network to all those who you think would be interested participating.

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To that end, we would also like to re-iterate our invitation to you to send us news that you would like to circulate via the blog. This could include any of the following:

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The Nordic Network for Jewish Studies was founded and is run by Dr Katharina Keim and Dr Karin Zetterholm at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. You are welcome to get in touch with us at admin[dot]nordicjewishstudies[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se.

Event: Lund University, Transformations in Stone: Archaeological Testimonies to Transitions within and between Religious Traditions in Antiquity, 5 March 2020

The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University invites you to join us for a one-day symposium entitled,

Transformations in Stone: Archaeological Testimonies to Transitions within and between Religious Traditions in Antiquity

Lund University, March 5, 2020
Venue: LUX C126 9–12, LUX B152 13–15
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Moderator: Samuel Rubenson, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University.

Each lecture is followed by questions (15 min)

The programme is as follows:

9.00–9.30 Elizabeth Fowden, Jesus College, Cambridge: “From Deucalion’s Flood to Abrahamic prayers for rain: approaches to sacred space in Athens”

9.45–10.15 Rina Talgam, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “From Dura Europos to Huqoq; transitions in Jewish art from the 3rd century CE to the beginning of the 5th century”

10.30–10.55 Coffee

10.55–11.25 Jordan Ryan, Wheaton College: “The Emergence of Christian Commemorative Architecture in Palestine”

11.40–13.00 Lunch

13.00–13.30 Wally Cirafesi, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society: “The Byzantinization of Capernaum in the 5th and 6th Centuries”

13.45–14.15 Response by Henrik Gerding, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University

14.15–ca. 15.00 Discussion

Please note: lunch is at participants’ own expense, however coffee will be provided.

Please email if you wish to participate.

Welcome to the Nordic Network for Jewish Studies!

Why do we need a network for Jewish Studies?

The idea behind this network emerged from informal conversations with colleagues at universities across the Nordic region. It became clear that colleagues in Jewish Studies (and we include here disciplines engaging with a range of texts, traditions, artefacts, and languages from the ancient to the modern world) often meet either at conferences outside of Scandinavia and Finland, or within smaller networks connected to either national networks, co-operations between Nordic universities, or in the context of colloquia in neighbouring disciplines. While these networks will always be important for our research, teaching, and public engagement, there isn’t a platform for those with interests in Jewish Studies and its related disciplines to connect with one another within and across the Nordic countries.

What will this network do?

This network will offer us all a space through which we can discover and engage with colleagues with interests in Jewish Studies (broadly considered), and to share information about the research, teaching, and public engagement in these disciplines. The network will also provide a platform to raise awareness of the discipline and to advocate for Jewish Studies in our universities and in public life.

Who is this network for?

We welcome scholars of all career stages who are affiliated with Nordic Higher Education institutions to join the network as members. We also welcome those from beyond the academy with an interest in Jewish Studies and a connection to the Nordic region.

If you don’t want to join as a member, you can still receive our news by signing up receive blog posts in your email inbox as soon as they are published.

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We intend for this network to go beyond the medium of a newsletter. We want to offer a public space for communication, experience- and information-sharing, and engagement with one another as well as with contexts beyond the academy.

It is not intended for this website to be a one-way flow of communication – the success of this network will hinge on the engagement of its membership.

To that end, we welcome blog posts from members interested in sharing, e.g., news of upcoming events, information about forthcoming courses, project profiles, etc. We have drafted some guidance for blog post authors, which you are welcome to consult before getting in touch. And, don’t forget to sign up to receive blog posts directly into your inbox as soon as they are published.

Announcements of new blog posts will also be published to the network’s Twitter account. Connect with us @nordicjewishstudies #nordicjewishstudies and share your news.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Nordic Network for Jewish Studies was founded and is run by Dr Katharina Keim and Dr Karin Zetterholm at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. You are welcome to get in touch with us at admin[dot]nordicjewishstudies[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se.