Book Note: Karen Stern, Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)
Stinchcomb: “Taking for granted the argument that the lived reality and material culture of ancient people are important historical topics in their own right, Stern focuses specifically on graffiti as an understudied phenomenon in the study of ancient Judaism, aiming to stimulate scholarly conversation by introducing new materials and a methodological model for studying them adequately.”
Publication: Micah Kiel, John’s Apocalypse and Theriocidal (animal-killing) Empires
Kiel: “The book of Revelation comes to us from a distant time and place and it challenges its readers to think about the ways in which unthinking patterns of behavior, unwitting participation in empire, will have drastic consequences for those most vulnerable. Seeing the venationes as part of Revelation’s context allows us to comprehend how John extends his critique even to the treatment of animals.”
Articles and News
Following Hadrian on the ruins of Persepolis.
Lisbon Bible online at the British Library.
Check out Annette Reed’s medieval Enoch thoughts in pre-circulated paper for the Tenth Enoch Seminar in Florence.
New Arabic/Syriac palimpsest entry online at Manuscripta apocyphorum.
Sarah Bond scours for polychromy in her review of the Met Museum’s World Between Empires exhibition.
The comparative study of childhood in ancient Mesopotamia.
Candida Moss tackles the age-old theological question of whether or not (and how) Christians thought Jesus excreted.
The Arena of Pula in #Croatia is one of the six largest Roman amphitheatres and one of the best preserved. It is also the only remaining amphitheatre to have four towers, designed to collect the scented water that was sprinkled on the spectators. Its capacity was 23,000. pic.twitter.com/uO2KHvIK0L— Following Hadrian 🧔🏻 (@carolemadge) 5 June 2019
Sometimes when the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae asks me if I'm a robot I get wistful and think it's looking for a friend.— ((Andrew Jacobs)) (@drewjakeprof) 30 May 2019