After years of silence, Semitica is back!
Semitica was created in 1948 by the Intitute of Semitic Studies of the University of Paris, with a board including R. Blachère, A. Dupont-Sommer, Ch. F. Jean, J. Nougayrol, and Ch. Virolleaud, its chairman. In 1973, the Institute was transferred to the College of France; Semitica was regularly published until the 2000s, when it slowed down.
The third episode of “Saga Semitica,” ordered by Jewish magazine Pharm’Aviv, is now published:
From Shem to Abram, ten generations have passed since the Flood. But Sarai, Abram’s wife, is barren. Following an ancient custom, she turns to a surrogate mother and finally gives her husband a son: Ishmael. The lineage of firstborn Semites is saved! Yet, the biblical account comes with a new surprise, a real upheaval that will shatter this tradition. What will happen? Read on in the third episode of “Saga semitica”!
Michael Langlois, “Saga semitica, épisode 3″ in Pharm’aviv 129, septembre 2011, p. 26-28
The second episode of “Saga semitica,” asked by Jewish magazine Pharm’Aviv, is now published:
After Adam, Enoch and Noah, the Genesis saga experiences an unexpected turn of events: instead of embracing the whole of humanity, it focuses more and more on an ethnic group, a clan, a family, a character. Who? Why such an emphasis? Read on in this new episode of “Saga semitica”!
Michael Langlois, “Saga semitica, épisode 2″ in Pharm’aviv 128, juin 2011, p. 29-31
Jewish magazine Pharm’Aviv asked me to write a paper, entitled “Saga semitica”:
This is not a remix of the famous song by Yannick Noah, “Saga Africa,” whose twentieth birthday is celebrated this year. This is about another saga, much older (plurimillenary!), that puts on stage another Noah—from the Bible. This is the saga of a people and, in a way, of mankind.
Michael Langlois, “Saga semitica” in Pharm’Aviv 127 (03/2011), p. 36-38.