Book Note: Katherine Shaner, Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)
Warren: “Just as Brooten’s work, Women Leaders in the Ancient Synagogue, affected how rigorous scholars came to read evidence for women’s religious authority—and likewise challenged the field to move away from anachronistic and misogynistic assumptions about antiquity—Shaner’s book should challenge us to consider how we can avoid being complicit in reinforcing the viewpoints of slaveholders when we analyze ancient evidence for religious leadership.”
Dissertation Spotlight: Nicholas Elder, “The Media Matrix of Early Jewish and Christian Literature”
Elder: “Taken together, the application of my five criteria to Joseph and Aseneth and Mark and the afterlives of these texts makes the case that there are remarkable similarities between the two narratives, explained by composition via dictation. My research contributes to a growing body of scholarship that takes as axiomatic the claim that understanding the media context of antiquity is an essential task for interpretation.”
Articles and News
Digitization continues apace at the British Library Hebrew project, with a Samaritan prayer book for Shavuot.
Review of Empires and Exchanges in Eurasian Late Antiquity by Richard Payne.
On Karaite kinship and theorization of incest in Jewish Quarterly Review.
New Testament Review podcast tackles Paula Fredriksen on Judaism and gentile circumcision.
Krista Dalton on creative pedagogy and biblical studies at the AJS site.
Tertullian on Plato as the “spice merchant of all the heretics.”
More essays from Martin Kavka and Elliott Wolfson in the Marginalia Forum on Boyarin’s Judaism.
A fascinating first day of 10th @Enoch_Seminar - from Pico della Mirandola & Christian Kabbalism to Freemasons & Rosicrucians to early modern adventurers, spanning Enochic books both real & imagined pic.twitter.com/Zw0klbPaER— Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed (@AnnetteYReed) 10 June 2019
Hello, redating the development of early Christian martyr culure! Hello, criticism of the authenticity of the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity! Hello, studies about the workings of the White Monastery! #Castelli #Grig #Moss #Cobb #Kraemer #Lander #Bal #Ronsse #Schroeder #Krawiec https://t.co/9khyCXEHwH— Ellen Muehlberger (@emuehlbe) 10 June 2019