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  • CNES Mourns Loss of Colleague Sheila McNally

    CNES mourns the loss of our colleague Sheila McNally, Professor Emerita of Art History, who passed away on September 24 at the age of 81. Professor McNally was a member of CNES from 1987 until 2004 (before and after those years she was in the department of art history) and was closely linked to our programs throughout her decades at Minnesota. She was a distinguished scholar and dynamic teacher whose research (ranging from the palaces of Roman emperors to the ancient silk trade to Coptic monasteries) took her all over the world. We will miss her presence in our community greatly. Contributions in her honor can be made to theSheila McNally Fellowship Fund (c/o the Department of Art History), which supports graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in Late Antique art and archaeology.

  • Welcome Fall 2014 CNES Faculty!

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Ahearne-Kroll Ph.D. and Dr. Stephen Ahearne-Kroll Ph.D, will join the Classical & Near Eastern Studies Department in Fall 2014.

    Patricia Ahearne-Kroll joins the CNES faculty as assistant professor. Dr. Ahearne-Kroll's Doctoral training is in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, and rabbinic midrash. In 2010, Dr. Ahearne-Kroll received Ohio Wesleyan's Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers. Her courses include CNES 3204 The Dead Sea Scrolls and CNES 1201/3201 The Bible: Context and Interpretation.

    Stephen Ahearne-Kroll joins the CNES faculty as associate professor and Sundet Family Chair in New Testament and Christian Studies. Dr. Ahearne-Kroll's teaching areas include: New Testament studies, Hellenistic religions, Second Temple Judaism, gender in ancient religion, family in the ancient Mediterranean world, ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean world, ancient and modern hermeneutical theory, religious studies generally. His courses include GRK 5200 Biblical Greek and CNES 3072 The New Testament.

  • Welcome Nita Krevans!

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nita Krevans as chair for the department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

    Thank you Chris Nappa for all your hard work and dedication serving as department chair for the past six years.
  • Welcome Geoffrey Smith!

    Geoffrey Smith has recently joined the department as a post-doctoral associate in papyrology. He will assist in the initial phase of the NEH funded project, "Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age." In consultation with Philip Sellew, Nita Krevans, and other members of the team Geoff will help procure databases of digitized Greek and Coptic manuscripts, develop a digital transcription tool for the Coptic language, and continue his research into Christian identity in Greco-Roman Egypt.He will also travel to England in July to work with members of the team at Oxford University.
  • CNES Joins Facebook!

    We are happy to announce the department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies joined Facebook today! Visit CNES on Facebook and "Like" our page.

    When someone clicks "Like" at the top of our Facebook Page, they become a fan of CNES and will receive department updates including events and other announcements.

  • Philip Sellew Awarded NEH Grant

    National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Associate Professor Philip Sellew (Classical & Near Eastern Studies). Sellew is the principal investigator for "Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age." Read More
  • CNES welcomes Assistant Professor Hanne Loeland Levinson

    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.
  • Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America and Europe

    The conference is co-organized by CNES faculty member Bernard Levinson and includes twenty-five leading scholars, among whom CNES Alum Molly Zahn. The international conference will discuss different approaches to the formation of the Pentateuch, and will be held at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, where Professor Levinson is currently on research leave.

    For more information on the conference: http://ias.huji.ac.il/convergence

    Bernard Levinson's Academic Website: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/bernardlevinson/home

  • Did Jesus have a wife? Papyrus paper claims so

    CNES Professor Philip Sellew Featured on Fox 9: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/19590558/did-jesus-have-a-wife-papyrus-paper-claims-so
  • "The Word Made Flesh" Celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible at Wilson Library

    The University of Minnesota Libraries are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible with the following exhibit:

    The Word Made Flesh

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    When:†Monday, November 28, 2011 - Friday, February 24, 2012;†Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Where:†T.R. Anderson Gallery,†Wilson Library

    Free and open to the public

    This exhibit will feature examples of biblical texts, including medieval manuscripts and facsimiles. Highlights will include two leaves from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible; the original New Testament portion of the King James Bible; other early printings such as the Geneva Bible and the "Breeches" Bible; and related works stemming out of the Reformation such as publications, broadsides, and pamphlets from Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and others.