New Publication article: Thomas Arentzen and Mary B. Cunningham (ed.), The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Arentzen: “Amidst these echoing stories, Byzantine women, men, and children glimpsed a mother, a maiden, a model, a mystery. Who she was to them cannot be divorced from who the Byzantines were to themselves.”
Dissertation Spotlight: Andrew J. Pottenger, “Developing Imperial Doctrines of Power in the Rhetoric of Constantine the Great”
Pottenger: “By exploring imperial motivations and perspectives, I investigate how and why Constantine applied his power to the problems of internal divisions among churches. What might Constantine have assumed about his imperial responsibility and authority to resolve ecclesiastical conflicts? How would the emperor’s understanding of his role as well as his view of such controversies affect his actual use of power in regard to these issues?”
Articles and News
Noam Pianko reflects on why to include big questions in “Intro to Judaism” courses.
New Coptic manuscript online from the White Monastery at NASSCAL.
Michael Press considers power and acquisition in his review of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation ancient Egypt exhibition.
Hendel and Joosten provide a precis of their overview of debate over the age of the Hebrew Bible.
Rocio da Riva talks cuneiform tablets as evidence for Late Babylonian temple rituals.
New issue of the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting with terrific mix of Paul, Pseudo-Clementines, magic bowls, and Toledot Yeshu.
Brief and helpful overview by Meredith Riedel of Syriac sources for Byzantinists.
Annual Reminder: please make sure your department webpage displays your current (and previous is a bonus!) graduate students with email addresses. It makes it easier to invite junior scholars for panels/book reviews/ other academic opportunities.— Krista N. Dalton (@KristaNDalton) July 29, 2019
Thinking out loud about "context" and "comparison" as 2 sides of same coin. Context of object determined by degree of 'proximity' of what WE identify as 'data' in that object. Naturalized webs of comparanda = "proper" context. Context is scholarly product, not historical apriori.— Jae Han (@jae_heehan) August 1, 2019
We love the beautiful gold floral dividers in this book of Psalms from 10th century Egypt. It probably took inspiration from contemporary Islamic Qur'anic decoration. #HebrewProject Or 9879, f.14v. Digitised here: https://t.co/JWbjc4DeOf pic.twitter.com/mPFs3p714R— BL Hebrew Project (@BL_HebrewMSS) July 30, 2019