Book Review: Loren Stuckenbruck, The Myth of the Rebellious Angels: Studies in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Texts (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014)
Machiela: "Loren Stuckenbruck of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, takes the reader on a detailed exploration of the birth and early history of this legend as attested in ancient Judaism and earliest Christianity. There are few, if any, as capable of guiding this tour, and though these individual studies were not originally intended to be read as part of a comprehensive account, readers of this book will come away with a rich understanding of the myth of the fallen, rebellious angels and their offspring as understood in ancient Judaism and Christianity."
Book Note: Guy Stroumsa, The Scriptural Universe of Ancient Christianity (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016)
Picus: "The reader is left with a sense, however, that the mechanics and the details aren't really the important thing here. There have been major shifts in our orientation to religion, and the texts we use to study and practice it, over the past few centuries. These shifts can be productively mirrored in similar changing paradigms from Late Antiquity. The question left lingering is less one of content, and more of practice: how might our own orientation towards text, history, and religion change when we begin examining them with a more expansive view?"
Articles and News
- Wealth of images of Dura Europos courtesy of Nigel Pollard (Swansea University).
- Field-defining Byzantinist Averil Cameron on starting out female and working-class in Classical Studies.
- Bryn Mawr Classical Review of Chin and Schroeder's edited volume on the two Melania.
- Christopher Beeley talks about the virtues of interdisciplinary study of early Christianity.
- The annual North American Patristics Society conference meeting continues apace.
- Public Medievalist continues their Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages series with the first of a number of articles on anti-Semitism/Judaism.
- Rare Jewish manuscripts usually at home in Oxford go on display in New York.
- Lawrence Schiffman talks Second Temple.
- Andrew Jacobs on why scholarly judgements of Epiphanius' twittyness matter at the blog of UC Press.
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Mappa mundi— Emily Steiner (@PiersatPenn) 23 May 2017
(Jerusalem in the center, Paradise at the top, notice king's signature at the bottom)
Paris, Bibl. Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 0782 pic.twitter.com/Bl4nbVbCly