The Ancient Medicine Forum continues! “Medicine, Culture, and Self in Late Antiquity: A Gastronomic Reflection”
De Wet: “But I want to go even deeper to the issue, to the very level of strategic constructions of anatomy and physiology that inform ancient medical frameworks that produce the type of discourses, sexual and others, highlighted by Rousselle and Shaw. What is intriguing about such statements as cited above—and one can list many similar cases with other authors—is that in them we witness how health, physiology, and anatomy are structured by means of social and cultural discursive formations.”
Book Note: Joshua Ezra Burns, The Christian Schism in Jewish History and Jewish Memory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Blachorsky: “Burns continues the trend of eschewing the traditional parting model and envisioning a split only after the beginning of the 4th century. But he does so with a novel lens, focusing on the rabbinic evidence. In Burns’s interpretation, Tannaitic texts, c. 200 CE, view Jewish Christians as those who practice incorrectly but are wholly Jewish, indicating thatthe rabbis did not see any decisive split as having yet occurred. However, due to social and religious changes over the next few centuries in Roman Palestine, whereby a wholly gentile Christianity won the day, Amoraim knew only of this later group.”
Articles and News
Reading Religion reviews an excellent overview of the Samaritans.
Dunbarton Oaks reissues Irfan Shahîd’s Byzantium and the Arabs for free download!
Exciting engagement with Jewish art through illustrated manuscripts.
Main papers for NAASR posted, including Annette Reed on the category “religion” and its prehistories.
Ellen Muehlberger on tape for her ACLS-funded project on rhetoric of death in late antiquity.
Multiple uploads of Samaritan manuscripts at British Library Hebrew Project, including this Arabic Book of Joshua.
Brent Landau asks that perennial question: Was Luke a Historian?
Tzvi Langermann ponders on what exactly to do with Sefer Yetsira.
Very thoughtful reflections on how to write with the radiance/strangeness of the past.
Wide awake in bed at 5am, excited for today, and thinking how books get formed by the paces we put them through.— Ellen Ghoul-berger (@emuehlbe) 13 October 2017