Christine Hayes, The Goy: A Synchronic Proposal
Hayes: “I am completely sympathetic to the goal of critique and for this reason alone would recommend the book to any reader; but at times the authors’ argument appears to be driven less by the evidence than by the desire to assign the goy to a late stage in Jewish textual tradition, presumably to lessen its power. Whether we like it or not, when it comes to conceptions of Israel’s other(s), the Bible cannot be acquitted of the charge of a generalized binary (whether the contingent binary of the Pentateuch or the essentialist binary of Ezra); nor can the rabbis be condemned for a wholesale adoption of the same. The generalized conception of Israel’s other occurs at all textual stages.”
Yair Furstenberg, Ethnic and Cultural Identities in the Rabbinic Goy Discourse
Furstenberg: “Naturally enough, new eras and new social constellations require a new discourse. But how about the rabbis? Can we suggest any corresponding justification to their own discursive innovations, or would we prefer imagining them making their cultural choices having withdrawn into an isolated (and perhaps resistant) conceptual sphere?”
Articles and News
Susan Niditch triangulates Esther, Purim, and folklore.
Upcoming seminar at the University of Manchester on correspondence, collecting, and ethics.
Natalie Dohrmann comments on Neis’ latest: how did ideas of Judaism come to be so connected with ideas of law?
Even (even) more New Testament Apocrypha with an announced third volume.
Call for Papers graduate session for Religion in Late Antiquity at SBL.
Neat piece exploring ancient Mesopotamian valuation of salt.
Arstein Justnes and Josephine Rasmussen tackle the consequences of scholarly disregard for provenance of “Dead Sea Scrolls” fragments.
Ambitious in-progress ERC-funded project looks to provide mapping and diachronic representation of Coptic literary and manuscript production.
Giving a #midterm today in Intro #deadseascrolls @TrinityWestern. Thought I'd keep things interesting and skip the #scantron. Each group gets a fragment and has to figure out its context and significance. #teaching #pedagogy #manuscripts #bible #theology #scribes #antiquity— Andrew Perrin (@ab_perrin) 26 February 2019
My latest article has been published in a special volume from PNA on poetry. I offer a translation and introduction to "On Women," a work attributed to Jacob of Serugh from the new volumes of his previously unpublished works. https://t.co/7DodROXt62— Erin Galgay Walsh (@ErinCGW) 27 February 2019