Pedagogy Workshop series continues! Teaching History Beyond Grand Narratives
Gribetz: “A digital timeline is not set in stone, as are the cuneiform tablets or ancient marble inscriptions that we studied together in class. The excel spreadsheet remains accessible to students, and when they encounter new materials or have new thoughts, they can go back into the system to change, add, or delete their entries. This ability to revise teaches them that there is no single set story, but that our ideas about and understandings of the past evolve with time.”
Book Note: Theodore de Bruyn, Making Amulets Christian: Artefacts, Scribes, and Contexts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
Henry: “Overall, Making Amulets Christian is a valuable addition to this field that has something to offer everyone. Its introductory chapters, especially chapter two, would work well in a graduate level course on ancient magic. Moreover, with its numerous detailed analyses of specific amulets, the book can serve as a rich sourcebook of primary sources. Finally, de Bruyn’s contributions to the question of classifying these rituals and his focus on “lived ancient religion” and agency brings much to the table for future research.”
Articles and News
Wil Gafney on Hagar in, within, and across traditions.
Terrific Q&A with Julia Watts Belser and Steve Weitzman over at the Katz Center blog.
BMCR review by Ellen Muehlberger of the much-discussed graphic novel of the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity.
Check out the Sinai Palimpsests Project site, an ongoing Arcadia Fund collaborative project with St. Catherine’s Monastery.
Laura Lieber discusses the Cairo Genizah fragment of the month at the Cambridge University Library website.
Photographs of early Christian frescoes housed in Thessaloniki’s Museum of Byzantine Culture.
Timothy Lim discusses approaches to ancient biblical canon.
On the application of digital modelling technologies to ancient Corinth.
Massive Merovingian coin collection at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Superb photograph archive of the Qumran excavations in 1952, courtesy of the related Leverhulme International Network Project.
1/4 Overwhelmed by the learning and enthusiasm of Professor Judith Olszowy- Schlanger, who just spoke @upennlib about the professional lives of Cairo #Genizah scribes. Everyone was enthralled. pic.twitter.com/PPZOcJdtqh— Andrew Berns (@andrewdberns) 26 April 2018
Imagine that: days before an auction of an unprovenanced Quran fragment, news breaks of scholarly work showing it's a unique palimpsest, and it sells for 5-7 times its estimated value. h/t @stephenniem https://t.co/ewNhpprFH5— Michael Press (@MichaelDPress) 26 April 2018
The SBL Student Advisory Board is accepting applications for five open positions. Please encourage your students and colleagues to apply! Deadline: June 1 @SBLStudents @SBLPress @SBLsite https://t.co/pQ76nQxJPT— Erin Galgay Walsh (@ErinCGW) 24 April 2018