Our February Forum kicks off with two pieces on Goy, the newly published monography by Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi.
Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Why Goy?
Ophir and Rosen-Zvi: “But this concept – which divides humanity in its entirety in a binary manner—Jews and non-Jews—is far from being self-evident, and was not always a part of the thought-patterns of Israelites, Judeans, and Jews. The persistent presence of this concept and the division, opposition, and discursive constellation(s) associated with it, from rabbinic literature until the present, have made it almost invisible to scholarship. As a result, the gentile has a long presence but no history.”
Cynthia Baker, The Perils of Polarization
Baker: “My interest in pushing back on the authors’ proposed overarching distinction here is not merely contrarian. Rather, I wish to interrupt what sometimes seems a too-easy treatment of goy and Jew as different types of Other, and a bracketing off of Jew-goy from other decidedly damaging dualisms.”
Articles and News
More Genizah conversations – this time, a magical alphabet plus Judeo-Arabic spell, plus ouroboros.
The elaborate Hippolytus Hall with photos hosted at Manar Al-Athar.
Nestorius’ Book of Heraclides added to the Digital Syriac Corpus.
Interview with Laura Nasrallah on the study of religion and race.
Sarah Bond on the monetization of Rome Reborn, previously a collaborative humanities project.
On the importance of humanitarian emphases in cultural heritage.
Provenance and drama in the history of the Armenian Zeytun Gospels.
Two weeks left to the deadline for paper submissions for the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting.
#duckweek This duck can be seen in the festival prayer book (Mahzor) Harley MS 5686 (f.8r) from Italy, 1427-1499. The #HebrewProject manuscript contains lots of interesting things other than ducks & it can be seen in entirety here: https://t.co/BtWmJAsy6T pic.twitter.com/HLQGOgAChL— BL Hebrew Project (@BL_HebrewMSS) 19 February 2019
Just two weeks until the release of my new book from @OUPAcademic,— Ellen Muehlberger (@emuehlbe) 15 February 2019
Moment of Reckoning:
Imagined Death and Its Consequences in Late Ancient Christianity
~#lateantiquity #classics #sblaar
Pre-order here for March 1st shipping: https://t.co/wQkuNiwBQG
Hashtag: #MoReckoning pic.twitter.com/v9QiNfKE2t
#Ethiopian #Scribes had to undergo several years of training. A gospel bible may take up to a year to write, Pens are made from reed, Black #ink made of carbon soot & Red used for names of Saints is made from mixtures of vegetables & plants @BLAsia_Africa Or 641 @britishlibrary pic.twitter.com/vXKkTb6ykh— Eyob Derillo (@DerilloEyob) 15 February 2019