Book Note: Edwards J. Watts, Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Ross: “And yet despite its undeniable achievements, this book leaves one with a certain melancholy. It is an effect, perhaps, of Hypatia’s displacement: so many words about her—ancient, modern, and in-between—and yet so few from her own hand. Amidst all these signifiers “the lady vanishes,” as Elizabeth A. Clark (and Alfred Hitchcock) once noted. Luckily, though, absence need not always be a denial of presence. Or so a Plotinian Platonist like Hypatia herself might say.”
Article: Thomas Bolin, “Job, White Privilege, and the Case for Reparations”
Bolin: “The connection between teaching Job as ancient Israelite wisdom literature and academic research into Job is pretty obvious. What I didn’t expect was a new perspective on Job to be opened by the study of white privilege with undergraduates in another one of my classes, an introductory course called Theological Foundations.”
Articles and News
Detailed open access volume discusses the question of “Judeo-Christian” from a European scholarly perspective.
Fantastic article by Johanna Hanink on pedagogy and language-use without over-emphasis on “translation.”
Sample of miscellany fragments just digitized at the British Library Hebrew project.
Further examples of great collaborative work at the Scribes of the Cairo Geniza project at Penn.
The curious story of how the Latin porcus may not mean “pig” at all.
Jewish Quarterly Review editors talk evaluations and tackling feedback productively.
British Library Labs Staff award granted to the ongoing Polonsky Foundation project.
I just realised that the amazing virtual library of #medieval manuscripts (aka BVMM) hosted by the @IRHT_CNRS is now also including codices from outside France, such as a selection of images from Berlin & St Petersburg...#JustSaying— GiorgiaV (@ParvaVox) 6 February 2019
I'm convinced there's not just something inhumane about this style of teaching, but also pedagogically backward, esp for ancient lesser-read languages #classics #classicstwitter #lateantiquity #Coptic #Syriac https://t.co/Ku6xlaZNCf— Ellen Muehlberger (@emuehlbe) 6 February 2019