Sarit Gribetz closes out pedagogy month: "The View from the Balcony: Student Perspectives In and Beyond Class"
Gribetz: “I will ask one or two students each meeting to step onto a metaphorical balcony with an eye towards listening, observing, synthesizing and reflecting on our discussions, and I will encourage them to experiment with different ways of seeing the course material, group dynamics, and the world more generally. But there are many additional ways of involving students in the teaching process; observing and commenting from the balcony is just one.”
Book Note: Jörg Rüpke. Religious Deviance in the Roman World: Superstition or Individuality? Translated by David M.B. Richardson. Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 2016
Bonesho: “Scholars of ancient religion and legal traditions will find Rüpke’s volume resourceful for the development of religious norms throughout Roman history, from the early Republic to Late Antiquity. Though expansion and clarification is needed in various sections, especially regarding what constitutes religion, the usefulness of Rüpke’s volume truly is found in the presence of primary sources as well as the contextualization of those sources in the Roman world.”
Articles and News
- A National Endowment for the Humanities grant of $220,000 supports translation of key source on early Islam.
- Comments on caution in analysis of Babylonian cuneiform mathematics.
- Brilliant piece at Eidolon on Jewishness, Classics, and Wissenschaft des Judentums.
- Steve Weitzman discusses Samaritans, genetics, and the lost tribes of Israel.
- Mosaic tesserae at Jerash offer fresh evidence for the early Islamic period.
- Reflections from Karl Shuve on teaching the "Rise of Christianity" in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville.
- A guide to the British Library's approx. 1600 Coptic manuscripts.
- The Library of Congress digitizes microfilm of MSS belonging to the Greek and Armenian Patriarchates of Jerusalem.
- Liat Neah examines the Samaria ivories and challenges the assumption that they must be "foreign" not Israelite.
- Sarah Bond talks mummy portraits, and how they got to the collections that now hold them.
The Rome Lab, Study Center for the History of Rome’s Jews, Opens in New York on September 14, 2017 https://t.co/VC6oImwdwW— Catacomb Society (@CatacombSociety) August 31, 2017