Ritual as Divine Law and its Royal Performances: The Ritualization and Legitimation of Hittite and Biblical Cultic Law and its Counterpart in the Mesopotamian Akitu-Festival

Dienstag, 19. September 2017, 16:15 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr

Ada Cohen ist eine in Kyoto/Japan lehrende, israelische Altorientalistin und Bibelwissenschaftlerin, die derzeit mit Unterstützung des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds an der UZH forscht. Sie ist v.a. durch ihre Arbeiten zur hethitischen Religion, insbesondere zu Kult und Priester-schaft, bekannt geworden. Die dabei gewonnenen Er¬kenntnisse lassen auch die alt-israelitische Religion bzw. deren Reflexe in der Hebräischen Bibel in neuem Licht erscheinen:
“A comparative study of ritual in two ancient Near Eastern cultures – the ancient Hittite of Bronze Age [second-millennium BCE] Anatolia and ancient (Biblical) Israel of the Iron Age [first millennium BCE] – suggests an understanding of how cultic activity and its performance, introduced and maintained by royal action, were channeled through divine command in a written form. Royal cultic activities as related in Hittite texts shed light on the likely similar biblical process of creating cultic law. The Spring festival celebrating the beginning of the year will be taken as an example for comparison, to which we shall add a final look at the Mesopotamian new year festival.”

MitProf. Dr. Ada Taggar-Cohen
Professor of Bible and Ancient Near East, Head of the Program of Jewish Studies
School of Theology, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Ort Theologische Fakultät, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zürich
Raum: KIR 103
VeranstalterReligionswissenschaftliches Seminar
KontaktChristoph Uehlinger (Mail)