July’s Book Review Forum continues:
Pamela Eisenbaum – Menorah and Cross, Signs and Things
Eisenbaum: “I’ll end with a question and an imagined counter-factual: if we were the marketing department for Judaism, what symbol would we pick to represent it? For me, the menorah would be pretty far down the list. Wouldn’t a scroll (=Torah) make more sense? The ark of the covenant? The Hebrew letter shin? A burning bush? A circumcised penis (tastefully stylized of course)? Fine is absolutely right to feature the Arch of Titus menorah so prominently in his book. My question is, would the menorah have had any long term potency at all as a Jewish symbol without it?”
Robin Jensen – Response
Jensen: “Just as the cross can offend or harm, it can be offended and harmed. Hacked down and dragged through city streets to be dumped into a privy or having beer dumped over it by German Lutherans who inquire if Jesus still thirsts. Yet, it also fights back. From the time of the Emperor Constantine forward, it has been carried into battle and said to repel enemies. It has miraculous properties of healing and remains at the site of disasters as a witness to God’s presence in the midst of tragedy.”
Articles and News
James Carleton-Paget and Heidi Wendy in conversation at Syndicate with Matthew Novenson and his book, The Grammar of Messianism.
Matthew Champion with a reflective article on writing a history of temporalities.
A tribute to the Roman historian Sir Fergus Millar.
Open access to Yves Modéran’s 2003 monograph, Les Maures et l’Afrique Romaine (IVe-VIIe Siècle).
Third-century inscription with names of Dionysius cult found at the Episcopal Basilica in Plovdic/Philippolis, Bulgaria.
Discussion with David Myers on the origins of medieval Ashkenazic Jewish Talmud study.
Images of the Temple of Amun in Luxor converted to a Roman fort c.300CE.
I think I want to do a thread about rhetorical Jews, because the current situation, and Talia @chick_in_kiev's really excellent article, have gotten me thinking about the topic. So this is from an #acrel #jewishstudies #lateantiquity perspective. 1/13 https://t.co/9PlDbgotAI— Daniel Picus (@danielpicus) 18 July 2019
Ooooh, can we play the “arbitrary distinction you hate most game”? Mine is canon v. apocrypha. Anyone else? https://t.co/BJywRr6jq8— Shaily Patel (@vox_magica) 18 July 2019