Book Note: Paul D. Mandel, The Origins of Midrash: From Teaching to Text (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
Landes: “In re-opening the question of the origins of midrash, Mandel has written a book that forces us to rethink some of the essential features of Jewish literary culture. This book will surely have a lasting impact on the study of one of the most formative shifts in the history of Judaism.”
Articles and News
Upcoming event at CUNY Graduate Center discusses Karen Stern’s recent monography on ancient Jewish graffiti.
A Renaissance copy of the Greek Dioscorides(!) goes online at the Vatican Library.
On the characteristics of Jewish epitaphs in ancient Rome at the Catacomb International Society.
Hyper informative conversation about all things women’s health in ancient Mesopotamia.
New version of a multi-OS application to lemmatise and analyse Latin texts.
Neat piece at ASOR about the manufacture and printing of Bibles as sites of authority in early America.
Announcement of a previously undocumented trilingual inscription at Naqshe-Rustam.
Michael Press talks about how ancient graffiti encoded cultural knowledge.
The Tikkoun Sofrim project, aiming to train algorithms to recognize handwritten Hebrew texts, calls for assistance.
Roses are red— Daniel Picus (@danielpicus) 14 February 2019
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The Talmud's important
For late antique history.#academicvalentine
Galen supervising the preparation of an antidote in an Arabic translation of his Book on Theriac (Kitāb al-Dirqāq)— Elaine van Dalen (@elainevdalen) 10 February 2019
Vienna, National Library (MS A.F.10, f.5v), 13th century pic.twitter.com/Z3vlS7lY5r