Book note: Heidi Marx-Wolf, Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority: Platonists, Priests, and Gnostics in the Third Century CE (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Morris: "Marx-Wolf consistently assails notions of "fixed" or "rigid" boundaries defining religious group identities in the third century. She believes that there is a far more stable and impermeable division between Christians and non-Christians in the 4th century, but that it is anachronistic to imagine a similar boundary in earlier periods. Instead, she argued that the different thinkers she considers should be seen as emerging from a common milieu that allowed for regular interaction."
Articles and News
- Annette Yoshiko Reed reflects on rethinking Jews as rethinking identity in the ongoing Marginalia Forum on Cynthia Baker's Jew (Rutgers University Press, 2017).
- Marc Herman discusses how it came to be assumed that the Torah has six hundred and thirteen mitzvot.
- The Empires of Faith project at Oxford sums up the results of its workshop on material religion.
- Full set of UC Press blog posts on its monograph series Christianity in Late Antiquity.
- Guide, with links and extensive references, to reading and translating manuscripts written in Greek miniscule.
- Medieval Armenian botanical manuscripts and their afterlives in modern cosmetics.
- Overview of the British Library Endangered Archives Project to digitize 106 manuscripts from the archives of two Ethiopian monasteries.
- Special issue of Open Access journal Distant Worlds focuses on provenance and the ethical treatment of ancient materials.
- Review of exceptional Open Access project on the Suda, the Byzantine Greek bibliographic encyclopedia.
- Sarah Bond on newly restored and photographed frescoes in Roman catacombs.