A reflection on the contribution of scholars working on rabbinic charity and some of the methodological problems they have faced.
Dr. Beth Berkowitz reviews Hayes' What's Divine About Divine Law with a "Container Store" worthy synopsis and explores the modern relevance of Hayes' work in the recent Supreme Court ruling on Same-Sex Marriage.
"Most of my contributions to Mandaean studies engage topics in Mandaean texts for these topics’ own sake. That means trying to take the literature on its own terms, in accordance with its own religious logic, and avoiding flights into the hallowed sanctuaries of comparisons."
"To pronounce the future of a field is a weighty task. To conjure the future is beyond me. What I can do is gesture towards a future, a future in which I think I could have fun studying Paul again. The future that I conjure is not a neutral one. I am a partisan in the battles over Pauline studies."
Dr. Sarah Rollens turned a final paper assignment into a rhetorical exercise in canon formation.
Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz turned a course on creation into a creative pedagogy experience.
Week in Review (12/9) features a Jerusalem themed feast, holiday sweets, and Mary Beard vs. Twitter trolls.
"What these essays offer instead are provocative and stimulating inroads into the task of recognizing just how different the late ancient world may have actually been."
Jillian Stinchcomb booknotes Eva Mroczek's The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity, developing how Mroczek "presents a convincing native theory of text production."
"By destabilizing the observer’s gaze, the Babylonian Talmud provides a means to counter outsider perceptions of the relationship between the Jews and their God."