Pedagogy month continues, with "Using Harry Potter to Construct a Canon"!
Dalton: "Using modern fan cultures to teach the formation of the Bible is a dynamic tactic to breakdown the rigid presence of canon. It is difficult to suspend modern teleologies informed by religious traditions and the printing press in order to engage the porous canon processes of the ancient world. By expanding the definition of sacred from stable text to imaginal world, we are better able to teach the relationship of ancient readers and hearers to a wide textual corpus prior to rigid canon boundaries."
Book Note: Sidney H. Griffith. The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the 'People of the Book' in the Language of Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
Mugler: "If there is one unifying argument to the book, it is that the early translation and use of the Arabic Bible was a process thoroughly marked by the interreligious intellectual atmosphere of the early caliphates. Christians and Jews who translated their scriptures, or portions of them, did so not only to address the liturgical and intellectual needs of their own newly Arabophone communities, but also in response to the challenges posed by debates and discussions with their Muslim counterparts."
Articles and News
- Michael Satlow provides a succinct report from the Enoch Seminar at Camaldoli.
- Open source download of Fortunatianus' fabulous early Commentary on the Gospels.
- New issue of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies includes article on the earliest known image of Jesus crucified.
- Discovery of Justinianic mosaic near the Damascus Gate, Jerusalem.
- Sarah Rollens summarizes the tangled web that is the Synoptic Problem.
- At the Katz Center blog, Shyovitz talks medieval Jewish reactions to eclipses.
- Stephen Shoemaker discusses his recent work on the death of the Prophet Muhammad.
- Samantha Joo draws links between Rizpah and Korean 'Comfort Women' at the Shiloh Project's latest.
- Great report on recent EAJS sponsored conference on Christian collectors of Jewish books.
1/ Updating my pre-Islamic Arabia lecture and adding MFRAY-Qutra 1 -a fascinating Saba'ic inscription w/ relevance to the Qur'an pic.twitter.com/xHr1pz8YaW— Sean W. Anthony (@shahanSean) 24 August 2017