God, Time, and Israel

Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov

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"Is time a divine entity, inherent in world order, which can only be aimed at and strived [toward] by human beings?" Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov


Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov is professor of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University. Among many other works, he is the author of Head of All Years: Astronomy and Calendars at Qumran in their Ancient Context; co-editor of The Construction of Time in Antiquity; and co-leader of Scripta Qumranica Electronica, a project for computerized study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In this intriguing discussion with Dr. Yeshaya Gruber of the Israel Bible Center, Prof. Ben-Dov shares insights into the nature of ancient Jewish, Roman, and other conceptions of the divine, attitudes toward astronomical realities, and integration of calendrical systems into practical and religious human functioning in the world.

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