Book Note: Jennifer Otto, Philo of Alexandria and the Construction of Jewishness in Early Christian Writings (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
Steen: “Otto’s study should be appreciated for her keen eye on how Philo occupies an in-between space, mediating the categories of Christian and Jew for later Christian readers. The epithets he is given betray at once the utility and liability of Philo for Christian discourses of identity because of how he is depicted as never fully one of ‘us’ nor one of ‘them.’”
Dissertation Spotlight: Monika Amsler, “Effective Combinations of Words and Things: The Babylonian Talmud Gittin 67b-70b and the Literary Standards of Late Antiquity”
Amsler: “I faced patchwork everywhere: in the commentary on qordiaqos, which is made out of excerpts; in the stories which are built out of individual stories (with other built-ins) as well as in the recipe book which was made of very different recipes (ingredient-wise). Could this approach be framed in one or several concepts? It seems that exactly this question explains a difference between the contemporary and the late antique scientific way of thinking. While we like to frame things in concepts or even more stable categories, they decided and ordered bits and pieces of information on a case-by-case basis.”
Articles and News
Candida Moss on the theological arguments about the resurrection by early followers of Jesus.
Great piece at ASOR on the purposes of Phoenician and Punic masks.
Benjamin Harnett challenges the common claim that codex use in antiquity was uniquely Christian.
Studies in Late Antiquity spring issue currently open access.
Michael Press reviews the Metropolitan Museum exhibition, “The World Between Empires.”
The Digital Syriac Corpus adds another text: The Chronicle of Ps-Joshua the Stylite.
New translation of Chrysostom’s On Changing Names online courtesy of Andrew Jacobs.
Images of the ancient Church of St Hripsime in Etchmiadzin.
Next week @Princeton, I will be convening a conference on #EranshahrinTransition, on history of West and Central Asia between the Sasanians and Islam. Some great scholars will be coming, so if you are around, join us! pic.twitter.com/4hnn41wyOJ— Χοδαδάδιος Ρεζαχανίδης 🇦🇽 (@sasanianshah) 1 May 2019
New issue of Bible and Critical Theory is out! I’m especially excited for this new article by @UoN_TRS’s @DrSaraParks called ““The Brooten Phenomenon”: Moving Women from the Margins in Second-Temple and New Testament Scholarship”. READ. IT. https://t.co/asIeyMCHMx— Dr Meredith J C Warren (@DrMJCWarren) 1 May 2019