Book Note: Marjorie Lehman, Jane L. Kanarek, and Simon J. Bronner (eds.), Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Fein: “This book provides a welcome addition to the fields of Jewish studies, women’s history, and motherhood studies. Several essays, such as those I have highlighted above, have particular relevance for the study of Judaism in late antiquity. This volume succeeds admirably in its goal of demonstrating that motherhood, rather than being innate in women’s very biological makeup, is an unstable identity.”
Publication Preview: Catherine Hezser on her recent monograph tackling Jewish and Christian figural art in late antiquity
Hezser: “In my book Bild und Kontext: Jüdische und christliche Ikonographie der Spätantike, I examine exemplary biblical, mythological, and symbolic images in the context of Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman literary sources to determine their possible uses and meanings within the multi-cultural realms oflate antique society. I argue that the images were carefully chosen to engage in an ongoing visual discourse within the public sphere.”
Articles and News
Sarah Bond talking through the divide between Classics and Biblical Studies.
Index and published volumes of the invaluable Thesaurus Linguae Latinae online and open access here.
A great lecture from Elisabeth Hollender on what distinguishes a specific Mahzor in the Penn library collection.
At the Katz Center blog, an interview with Hadar Feldman Samet on the Sabbatian followers of Sabbatai Tsevi.
The Jewish History Matters podcast talks Jewish Studies, pedagogy, and public engagement.
Archive report on the digitization and preservation project overseen by the British Library at the Monastery of St. Saviour, Jerusalem.
New manuscripts online at the Vatican include vivid Ptolemaic maps.
Open access publication tracks harbours and landing places at over 660 sites in the Byzantine Balkans.
Palimpsested paper! 12th c. Goes to show that the Abbasids probably didn’t adopt paper over parchment for its unfalsifiability: medieval Middle Easterners didn’t think paper was resistant to erasure. @CamDigLib #genizascribes @judaicadh https://t.co/txdKXzJETF— Marina Rustow (@mrustow) April 18, 2019
A new (old) look for #Coptic week #AtoUnknown from a manuscript (Or 6801) about St Mercurius from 996-1004.— HeritageMadeDigital (@BL_MadeDigital) April 15, 2019
Profile is a portrait of St Mercurius on horseback menacing the Emperor Julian. Header is Coptic text with colourful Islamic style embellishments. https://t.co/3SZhh1YPnG pic.twitter.com/P75bJ0Dtpu