Special Piece: Peter Martens discusses his forthcoming publication of Adrian’s “Antiochene” Introduction to the Divine Scriptures
Martens: “Alexandria cannot be collapsed into allegory, nor can Antioch be reduced to literalism, for there is too much evidence that complicates both of these assertions. The geographic epithets also require scrutiny. Origen and Theodore, key representatives of “Alexandria” and “Antioch” respectively, exercised enormous influence beyond their Greek worlds. Their legacies stretched into Latin, Syriac, and Armenian literatures of late antiquity, transcending the boundaries of the cities in which they respectively resided for only parts of their careers.
And then there are the liminal spaces which the traditional scholarly construct, framed as a binary, discourages us from seeing. Adrian’s Introduction to the Divine Scriptures, likely dated to the fifth century, is our earliest surviving “Antiochene” handbook on biblical exegesis.”
Book Note: Adam M. Kemezis, ed. Urban Dreams and Realities in Antiquity: Remains and Representations of the Ancient City. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
Conley: “The volume as a whole functions as an extended meditation on the epistemological and theoretical problem referenced in the title—the relationship between urban “dreams” and urban “realities.” Although each author displays preferences for certain types of evidence (remains or representations), no one takes the “dreams” either more or less seriously than the “realities.” Indeed, central to the volume are two implicit acknowledgements: 1) that the ancient urban “realities” are inaccessible to the modern scholar except by means of imaginative approaches, and 2) that urban “dreams” no less “real” than their material counterparts.”
Articles and News
- Call for articles goes out from The Shiloh Project blog – a Biblical Studies project at the University of Sheffield.
Discussion at the Atlantic of the Odyssey and its others, in wake of recent translation.
Overview of Kalimi’s new book on contesting the Bible, by the author.
Michael Press examines the function of empty panoramas in imagining Palestine as Holy.
Wonder about canon tables? Wonder no more – an introduction at the British Library blog.
New issue of Studies in Late Antiquity includes fab piece on using “antiquarianism” as a varifocal lens.
Shlomo Sela gives short, sweet insight into Jewish links between Saturn and Sabbath.
Graham Harvey at the British Museum Blog reflects on how “religion” functions on museum display.
#AARSBL17 Panels to Watch
SBL annual meeting is right around the corner; come see the Rel and Philosophy in Late Antiquity panel on Sunday, Nov 9th at 9am! pic.twitter.com/xPYOobUdcX— Roshan Abraham (@roshabra) November 8, 2017
Before you get to #aarsbl17 in Boston, be sure to add our digital humanities panel to your calendar! It will feature @cclivaz @BabelAlexandria and @WyoPaul . @SBLStudents @SBLsite pic.twitter.com/VGUw7WwcY8— Brad Erickson (@Brericks) November 14, 2017
Also, if you're interested in reception history or cultural heritage, come to our #aarsbl17 panel on Saturday (Nov. 20th). Featuring papers by @MichaelDPress and @OyaTopcuoglu as well as yours truly. pic.twitter.com/OEQyYvDpSI— Christopher Jones (@cwjones89) November 14, 2017