Forum on Berzon’s Classifying Christians finale, with the author’s response: On Taxonomy and Classification: A Response
Berzon: “My abiding interest was in how ancient Christians developed, sustained, and modified conceptual categories and the genres that produced and housed them. From my perspective, the heretics offered a provocative test case in which to consider the various ways in which the accumulation of knowledge was neither a routine nor a necessarily constructive endeavor; rather, I suggested that attempts to classify the heretics in texts raised as many questions and problems as they did answers and solutions.”
Book Note: Jason König and Greg Woolf (ed.), Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Wright: “As a whole, the volume provides compelling evidence that various, interrelated “techniques of self-authorisation” were employed across (what the modern reader might categorize as) different scientific and technical genres, as a means not only for professionals to establish their credentials, but also for non-professionals to situate themselves in the social and political networks of the late Republic and the Roman Empire.”
Articles and News
The Bodleian Libraries begins a series of richly illustrated pieces on digitization, beginning with booksquashing!
New Testament Review podcast tackles Stendahl on Paul.
Razor-sharp discussion of how museums can exhibit collections most effectively and in ways which resist cliché.
Another spectacular mosaic unearthed in a Roman villa at Lod.
Neat piece dealing with Jewish calendars 101 over at the Lehrhaus.
Revisit this superb British Library blog surveying micrography in Jewish manuscripts.
Sarah Bond examines a possible fourth-century church discovered during excavations at Rome this summer.
Stellar blog post by Tony Burke discussing late antique “apocrypha” and so-called question-and-answer (Erotapokriseis) literature.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be looking closely at the digitization of our archive, at what digitization does well, and what it does not-so-well.— The Bodleian Libraries (@bodleianlibs) 31 July 2018
It all starts with our introduction to #booksquashing, complete with lots of illustrated examples. https://t.co/O6rFeaEsPF pic.twitter.com/Dm6Epo0ZEZ
Pretty excited about potential teaching use of this new textbook - very affordable, concise - plus, Paula Fredriksen says its good (and if Paula Fredriksen says its good, its great)! #lateantiquity https://t.co/zpTlYSltEI— Matthew Chalmers (@Matt_J_Chalmers) 2 August 2018
Even under Umayyad rule, the Christian communities at Umm ar-Rasas continued to build and renovate their churches. The Church of St. Stephen, the largest at the site, was built in the early 8th C. (4/5)— Manar al-Athar (@ManarAlAthar) 2 August 2018
Umm ar-Rasas - Church of St Stephen
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