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This is a first notice and invitation to a full-day seminar on
“Material Religion in the Ancient Near East”
by Prof. Nicola Laneri
Università degli studi di Catania and School of Religious Studies at CAMNES/Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence
to be held at Bar-Ilan University on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, as part of the RIAB Minerva Center.
Description: The seminar will follow an innovative material-oriented approach within which the materiality of the remains of ancient ritual actions (i.e., relics of human body, senses, objects, built environment, natural phenomena and animals, utterance) will be viewed and interpreted as part of a complex network of relationships between forms of materiality and beliefs in supernatural beings (i.e., ancestors, spirits, creation of a cosmos of deities, belief in one god) among ancient Near Eastern communities from 12.000 years ago until the first millennium BCE. In…
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