Dissertation Spotlight: Sean P. Burrus, "Remembering the Righteous: Sarcophagus Sculpture and Jewish Identities in the Roman World" (Duke, 2017)
Burrus: "Ultimately, what came out in this investigation was the active and creative approach Jewish patrons took to the choices involved in sarcophagus burial...By not reducing the sarcophagi to 'copies', and by understanding the social functions of funerary monuments in constructing self-narratives, memory and elite display, I located significant agency on the part of sarcophagus sculptors and Jewish patrons."
Book Note: Walter T. Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012)
Domach: "...Walter T. Wilson presents a study of Sextus that updates the works of his predecessors. An edition of the Greek text, an English translation, and an extensive commentary comprise the bulk of Wilson's volume; this material is flanked by front matter - chiefly an introduction - and back matter - a bibliography plus four indices."
Articles and News
- Coptic Old Testament project advances, with visualization tools and metadata updates.
- International Dunhuang Project aims to make all info on manuscripts and artefacts from Dunhuang publicly available.
- Scott Johnson writes on the Xi'an Stele and Syriac Christianity in Tang China.
- New issue of the Journal for Early Christian Studies includes pieces on the Pharisees in the Ps-Clementines and Aaron Butts on the MS transmission of Ephrem.
- The Association for Jewish Studies magazine, Perspectives, releases its Spring Issue on transgression.
- Sean Burrus's dissertation, featured this week, available in full at Humanities Commons.
- Marc Bettler talks to OUP Religion about working as a Jewish biblical scholar.
- The Public Medievalist continues to examine anti-Semitism and medieval Europe.
- Matt Chalmers on how the nineteenth century helped scholars forget they cared about Samaritans.
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