Book Note! Cavan Concannon, Assembling Early Christianity: Trade, Networks, and the Letters of Dionysios of Corinth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Porter: “Concannon’s use of connectivity and assemblage is a model for scholars who hope to eradicate the binaries, labels, and categories that have stagnated and misdirected the field of early Christian studies. But that minor key of dissolution also tantalized me, embracing disintegrated relationships and faded traces as phenomena that demand attention. The life of the historian is a reckoning with estrangement. Concannon shows how disintegration and traces are themselves points of connection between the past and the desirous historian.”
Pedagogy at AJR: Andrew Tobolowsky talks integrating creative writing assignments into Hebrew Bible classes
“The Bible is, and will likely long continue to be, both building material and building. It’s a treasury of the ancient world, a storehouse in which lie a large percentage of the glittering gems which survived the ancient Levant in any form. And it’s a doorway through which the ancient Levant continues to shape the present, as well as the history of how this heritage has been repeatedly reshaped and by whom.”
Articles and News
New open access journal Fragmentology launches, tackling the study of medieval manuscript fragments.
Apocryphal History of Philip entry added to e-Clavis.
Michael Press discusses the complexity in responsibly connecting cultural heritage to human rights.
Freshly begun five-year Coptic Magical Papyri project based at the Julius Maximilian University Würzburg.
Candida Moss thinks through the Bible as an unfinished text with recent work by Eva Mroczek and Matthew Larsen.
Brent Nongbri comments further on a curious manuscript from the Green Collection that has since disappeared from public view.
Sarit Kattan Gribetz in a sparkling piece reflects on teaching Jewish Studies at a Jesuit college.
My academic superpower: meetings I chair end not on time but before time---with all tasks completed— Ellen Muehlberger (@emuehlbe) 12 December 2018