Historical Approaches to the Bible and the Biblical World


This research unit is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary forum for cooperation between biblical scholars, historians, archaeologists, etc. It is based on the realization that the reconstruction of the history of ancient Israel/Palestine has to correlate biblical and extra-biblical sources (archaeology, epigraphy, iconography, numismatics, etc.). Thus, the research unit will engage in a critical methodological discourse on the role of all available and relevant sources for a “Geschichte Israels”, their interpretation in their own right and their combination. Moreover, the unit’s research is committed to a broader comparative approach, by bringing together experts on the history of ancient Israel/Palestine and scholars dealing with other regions of the ancient world, whose expertise can facilitate a new understanding of biblical scholars’, historians’, etc. own methods and objects of study.


History of Ancient Israel/Palestine, Bible, Archaeology, Iconography, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Methodology


Sarah Hoellaender
University of Graz 

Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano
University of Warsaw

Katharina Pyschny
University of Graz

Member Area

Syracuse 2023 Call for Papers

This unit will have invited papers only for the 2023 conference.