Overview of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB)
Co-directed by Prof. Aren M. Maeir (BIU) and Prof. Angelika Berlejung (University of Leipzig)
The cultures of Israel and of Aram are two of the most important cultures of the ancient eastern Mediterranean (and the ancient world in general), not only in the fact that they played crucial roles during early periods (and are extensively portrayed in the biblical text), but as they are among the few cultures of antiquity (not only in the Levant but in the entire world) whose cultural patrimony exists until today. As it is clear that these two cultures were intimately connected throughout major periods of their development, the study of the character and extent of the interconnections and mutual influences between these two cultures is of deep interest.
To this end, the Minerva Foundation, of the German Max Planck Society, has awarded a Minerva Center, entitled “The Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB)” to Prof. Aren M. Maeir of Bar-Ilan University and Prof. Angelika Berlejung from the University of Leipzig (who will serve as co-directors of the center). The center will include scholars from Bar-Ilan University (Prof. Esti Eshel, Dr. Yigal Levin and Dr. Leeor Gottlieb), the University of Leipzig (Prof. Andreas Schuele, Prof. Michael Streck, Prof. Marco Frenschkowski and Dr. Takaoshi Oshima), Würzburg University (Prof. Guenther Vittmann), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Dr. Nili Wazana and Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen) and Tel Aviv University (Dr. Omer Sergi).