Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa University), “Iconography and Myth: from Nebuchadnezzar to the Fallen Angels”

This lecture -- co-sponsored by Penn's departments of Religious Studies and NELC, and Center for Ancient Studies -- will explore the reinterpretation of the Nebuchadnezzar's monuments from Lebanon as a representation of the myth of the Watchers known from Daniel 4, the Book of Giants, and the Book of Watchers. It shows how this Jewish myth is a branch of a larger Aramaic myth, whose origins lie clearly in Syria-Lebanon. This has wide ranging implications for apocalypticism and is nicely visual with previously unexplored cuneiform reliefs.  It connects the Jewish sources with CD as well as Philo Byblos and others. 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5:00 PM