New month-long forum, Animals in Late Antiquity, begins with Rachel Neis, “When Species Meet in the Mishnah”
Neis: “The slippery gestatory and gustatory entanglements posited by the rabbis make for a world in which humans and nonhumans are saddled together, in life and in death, in stomachs and in uteri. These are other ways of knowing/being with the limits, ends, end, and propagation of human and nonhuman life.”
Book Note: Ian D. Wilson, Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
McMahon: “Wilson aptly moves beyond the use of memory studies to merely determine the historicity of events of Israel’s past. Hayden White’s views on historiography come to mind insofar as embedded in historiography are certain political claims and that past events give meaning to those claims. Moreover, Wilson’s book provides an insightful link to reception history, especially showing how texts continue to function as sites of memory for later writers. Finally, for those interested in political theology, Wilson’s book usefully demonstrates the multivocality of biblical literature concerning the institution of kingship.”
Articles and News
Advanced imaging technology enables reading of otherwise illegible Dead Sea Scroll fragments.
Annette Reed reports at the Katz Center blog on the recent end of year Gruss colloquium, “Transforming Jewish Science.”
Julia Watts Belser talks rabbinic stories of cleverness, catastrophe, and changing climates at times of deluge.
Neat piece at Vice on smuggled cuneiform, Hobby Lobby, and ancient Iraqi documents.
Josephine Quinn, Hindy Najman, and friends discuss at length the non-existence of the Phoenicians.
Wimpfheimer discusses his new biography of the Talmud at the New Books network.
Addition of an entry for the Martyrdom of Ananias to the NASSCAL Clavis database.
Terrific piece from Tim Whitmarsh about Greek perceptions of people and color.
The long reception of Jerome discussed at the OUP blog.
New podcast pilot tackles classic New Testament scholarship in bitesize form.
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