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KHK Visiting Research Fellow 2009, Professor für Altertumskunde, Universität Stellenbosch, Republik Südafrika

In 1999 Izak Cornelius became Full Professor of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University. Prior to that he had been Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies since 1984 in the same department. Izak Cornelius has been awarded several fellowships and grants, of which the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships at Heidelberg (1996) and Tubingen (2002/2003, 2005/2006, 2013/2014) deserve special mention. He is co-editor of the Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages.

Izak Cornelius specializes in the study of Ancient Near Eastern cultures, focusing on art and iconography and visible religion. Another major topic of his research is the connection between the Hebrew Bible and the ancient world. During his time in Bochum he was investigating, in an ongoing collaboration with Christian Frevel, the changes in the religious symbol system in the formative phase of pre-Hellenistic Judaism. Additionally Izak Cornelius is currently preparing a catalogue for ancient Palestinian female terracotta plaques. (External homepage)

Education:

  • D.Litt., Semitic Languages, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1985
  • Lic. theol., Christian Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1984
  • B.Th., Christian Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1982
  • M.A., Semitic Languages, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1980
  • B.A. (Hons.), Semitic Languages, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1979

Käte Hamburger Fellowship:

April 2009 – March 2010
Projekt: Spuren des Monotheismus in der materiellen Kultur? Veränderungen im religiösen Symbolsystem in der formativen Phase des vorhellenistischen Judentums in der Eisen III-Zeit und Perserzeit.

2014

Cornelius, Izak. 2014. „East meets West“: trends in Terracotta figurines. In: A „religious revolution“ in Yehûd?: the material culture of the Persian period as a test case, 67–94.
Frevel, Christian, Izak Cornelius und Katharina Pyschny, Hrsg. 2014a. A „religious revolution“ in Yehûd?: the material culture of the Persian period as a test case. Orbis biblicus et orientalis. Bd. 267. Fribourg: Academic Press [u.a.].
---, Hrsg. 2014b. A „religious revolution“ in Yehûd?: the material culture of the Persian period as a test case. Orbis biblicus et orientalis. Bd. 267. Fribourg: Academic Press [u.a.].

2013

Cornelius, Izak. 2013. “Trading religions” and “visible religion” in the ancient Near East. In: Religions and trade: religious formation, transformation and cross-cultural exchange between East and West, 141–166.

2011

Cornelius, Izak. 2011a. „A tale of two cities“: the visual symbol systems of Yehud and Samaria and identity ; self-understanding in Persian-period Palestine. In: Texts, contexts and readings in postexilic literature: explorations into historiography and identity negotiation in hebrew bible and related texts, 213–237.
---. 2011b. Himmelsgott. In: Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet: WiBiLex ; Projekt der Deutschen Bibelgesellschaft. http://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/stichwort/21206/.

2008

Cornelius, Izak und Louis C. Jonker, Hrsg. 2008a. From Ebla to Stellenbosch: Syro-Palestinian religions and the Hebrew Bible. Abhandlungen des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins. Bd. 37. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
---, Hrsg. 2008b. From Ebla to Stellenbosch: Syro-Palestinian religions and the Hebrew Bible. Abhandlungen des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins. Bd. 37. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Publikationen in der Hochschulbibliographie

Einzelforscher/in von Spuren des Monotheismus in der materiellen Kultur?

Ehem. KHK Gastwissenschaftler/in von KHK