Dissertation Spotlight: Dana Robinson, Food and Lay Piety in Late Antiquity (Catholic University of America, 2016)
Robinson: "...food in post-Constantinian Christianity has often been treated as tangential to another subject or isolated in a single context like almsgiving or martyr cult. However, the entirety of late antique food culture turns out to be a venue for Christian discourse, whose semiotic richness depends on the overlapping metaphors and multivalent resonance of food across multiple contexts, places, and occasions real-and-imagined..."
Book Note: Elisa Uusimäki, Turning Proverbs towards Torah: an Analysis of 4Q525. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 117. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
Bay: "Uusimäki’s analysis departs from previous research which has been overwhelmingly concerned with the five extant macarisms that occur in fragment 2 of the work—this is why the work is often called (4Q)Beatitudes—and thus constitutes a holistic study of 4Q525 in its own right. This work constitutes a robust study of a text which, it turns out, is quite important among the Qumran material due to what it can tell us about wisdom and torah as generic and intellectual categories among the Scrolls and within late Second Temple Judaism."
Articles and News
Chris Frilingos blogs about fantasies of the holy family in the early church.
Enormously ambitious open access Greek and Latin project at the Open Philology Project.
Q&A with Levine and Brettler on their recently published Jewish Annotated New Testament.
Images up at Manar al-Athar of the Umayyad palace at Qast Mshatta.
Lives and Afterlives of Letters project site live at the University of Manchester.
Michael Press talks about Mark Twain’s desertification of Palestine.
Fantastic blog post on a Judeo-Persian epic from Iran.
Repository of images of Egypt and Palestine taken during WW1.
The Public Medievalist scores Robert Chazan to talk Jewish life in the Middle Ages.
Thing I like: Digitized Greek texts.— Matthew Chalmers (@Matt_J_Chalmers) 25 September 2017
Thing I dislike: evil gatekeeper robots that lock you out if you zip through pages too fast.#TLG