August Pedagogy Forum concludes! Christy Cobb, Charting the Course: Using Maps for Pedagogical Progress
Cobb: “Maps provide opportunities for active learning and also situate ancient texts in a global context. Students examine ancient maps and discover that many of these places still exist and, in fact, are very important to our political and geographic context today. Borders change, today and throughout history. Incorporating maps into the classroom encourages the students to view this for themselves and to begin to understand the myriad of ways that politics shapes geographical borders.”
Dissertation Spotlight! Alan Farnes: Scribal Habits in Selected New Testament Manuscripts, Including those with Surviving Exemplars
Farnes: “In the spirit of Royse’s method, my dissertation contributes to the conversation concerning variant length by approaching the problem from a different angle. Rather than analyzing early papyri, I chose to identify and analyze manuscripts with a known exemplar. This allows us to, as Royse says, “virtually look over the scribe’s shoulder and compare the text he is copying with his result.”
Articles and News
Jill Hicks-Keeton on how to rethink Gentile inclusion in Second Temple Israel using Joseph and Aseneth.
The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage now online and freely available!
Review of recent archaeological discoveries along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
New Testament Review podcast tackles E.P. Sanders’ fundamental work on Paul and Palestinian Judaism.
Candida Moss on Brent Nongbri’s latest, a book-length appeal to care about manuscripts on their own material terms.
Great piece at the SCS blog discusses how Judaism and Rome intersect in festival practice.
Review and critique of the new Hebrew University of Jerusalem temporary exhibit hosted at the Museum of the Bible.
Fascinating little piece of book history on why Leiden University’s chained library books were stored upside-down.
Useful summary post of the science and historical significance of the eruption of Thera.
The Lehrhaus gathers together into one place reflections on the significance of Yaakov Elman’s life and career.
The books by two amazing scholars I sponsored for @Macquarie_Uni Research Fellowships, Brent Nongbri and Jenny Cromwell (@Papyrus_Stories) are now both out! I take no credit at all for their work, but am happy I could help them get the time to write these field-changing books. pic.twitter.com/5pcs5QD6Vq— Malcolm Choat (@malfy_c) 30 August 2018
Here's a map of the Balkans in late Roman times, with locations connected to clerical exile marked (also from our database). Athanasius himself was at one point in Niš! pic.twitter.com/kianasgDJL— Clerical Exile (@ClericalExile) 28 August 2018
Reading too quickly + only 1 sip of coffee this AM = seeing this as "scribal hobbits of the New Testament" & being ~very~ intrigued.https://t.co/GmQ65EDdzb— ((Andrew Jacobs)) (@drewjakeprof) 27 August 2018
I'm always looking to connect with graduate students for @ancientjew but nothing is more prohibitive than grad programs who do not post 1) who their students are and 2) their students' email.— Krista N. Dalton (@KristaNDalton) 27 August 2018