Dissertation Spotlight: Jeremy Swist, “A Principio Reges: The Reception of the Seven Kings of Rome”
Swist: “I argue that historians writing between the reigns of Tiberius (14-37 CE) and Theodosius (378-395 CE) continually remade the kingly past in the image, or counter-image, of the imperial present. They borrowed from other traditions and/or reshaped Livy’s text to reflect, or react to, developments in the image and ideology of the imperial office, as well as other contemporary political and cultural concerns.”
Book Note! Joshua A. Berman, Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Schwartz: “Each of these claims is part of Berman’s overall attempt to show that “scholars have rooted their compositional theories for the growth of the biblical text entirely in their own intuition of what constitutes literary unity” (p. 3). In other words, these scholars have not been sufficiently self-aware—sufficiently self-critical—about the historical situatedness of their own epistemological frameworks. Berman’s project is nothing less than turning the critical lens back onto source criticism itself.”
Articles and News
On practical experiments with writing on clay tablets.
Announcement of the discovery of a 4400-year-old Fifth Dynasty Egyptian royal tomb at Saqqara, outside Cairo.
Ana Maria Guay writes pedagogy and connecting ancient Atlantis with training skills of critical analysis and pseudo-science.
New Testament Review podcast engages Margaret Mitchell’s field-defining work on the Corinthian correspondence.
In-depth review by Janet E. Spittler of new volume on the martyrdom accounts of Peter and Paul.
Revisit Chris Frilingos’ reflections on family and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.
Report from the excavation season at Katalymata ton Plakoton, Cyprus, including basilica mosaic panels and marble chancels.
Guide to using the Virtual Manuscript Room at the Institute for New Testament Textual Research.
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