Book Note: John J. Collins, The Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul. University of California Press, 2017.
Dalton: “Collins has the habit of stringing the words “religious” and “cultural” together as if they were interchangeable terms. This pairing of ill-defined categories is endemic to the field of religious studies. Traditional practice and cult in the ancient world encompassed far more than internal belief or a set of rituals as the modern term religion often denotes, yet culture does not quite capture the object of our study. That said The Invention of Judaism masterfully constructs a history of Jewish identity throughout the Second Temple period, covering a vast range of texts and locales.”
Article by Paula Fredriksen, ‘Augustine and “Thinking With” Jews: Rhetoric Pro- and Contra Iudaeos’
Fredriksen: “Augustine of Hippo (354-430) presents both a conspicuous exception to this patristic intra-Christian tradition of anti-Jewish rhetoric, and a no less conspicuous, indeed a ferocious continuator of it. His discourse differed according to his enemy. Against those heretics par excellence, the Manichees, Augustine surprisingly developed original, irenic, and positive ways of “thinking with Jews.” Against the Donatists, however – in many ways doctrinal clones of North African catholics – no anti-Jewish calumny was too low, no imputation of malice too vicious. What accounts for this surprising contrast? And how did Augustine’s rhetoric, whether pro- or contra Iudaeos, impact the social experience of actual Jews?”
Articles and News
Gospel of Mary entry added to e-Clavis.
Arthur Urbano reminds of the sarcophagus “of the Farewell the Christ.”
Massive archive of photos online via Cambridge Libraries, courtesy of Garth Fowden.
Brent Nongbri discusses papyrus made from reused documents, and a papyrus codex of Deuteronomy in Greek.
On Ancient Near Eastern magicians employed as providers of lullabies.
The interactive exhibit of medieval palaeography, which offers examples and exercises of palaeography from the 9th to 16th centuries.
Sara Hales on teaching about harassment and assault with reference to ancient texts.
Todd Berman on stumbling on antisemitism in board-games at the Lehrhaus.
In the UPenn online Judaica exhibition, find liturgical poetry, as well as the medieval trajectory of David and Jonathan.
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