Pedagogy month continues! Patrick Angiolillo on divination as roleplaying.
Angiolillo: “This activity was designed not only to reinforce concepts learned in class, but also to make tangible some embodied practices of divine-human communication that might roughly align with some of those experienced by ancient Israelite diviners and prophets.”
Andrew Tobolowsky provides a detailed introductory primer to the Hebrew Bible and history of Ancient Israel
Tobolowsky: “I intend to use this piece as an early reading assignment, followed by a quiz on the nine eras of biblical history, but I suspect it may also be useful as a kind of refresher for those who may find themselves in the position of teaching about the Hebrew Bible, despite specializing in a related field.”
Articles and News
Reflections on plague studies, catastrophe genre, and the narration of societal collapse.
Linguistic musings on Lakoff, metaphor, and spatiality in Sumerian.
Images from the restored Temple of Amada in Nubia, preserved below late antique church plaster.
On the funerary stele of Kheredankh the sistrum-player, making mention of Cleopatra and Caesarion.
The Getty Villa and a new exhibition exploring the Villa dei Papiri and its burned papyrus library.
Sarah Bond on the ancient and modern origins of theories of population replacement.
New exhibit at the Penn Library site with the Katz Center fellows on Jews in modern Islamic contexts.
Rachel Poser on the complex politics of archaeology in Jerusalem.
Randomly came across this beautiful 2nd–4th c. piece from the Met (2014.629a–e), a painted linen representation of the crossing of the Red Sea, with inscriptions identifying "the astonished people" (δήμος θαυμάζων) and "the army" (στρατόν), and Miriam at the right. pic.twitter.com/E2Ne68Zudq— Colin Whiting (@CM_Whiting) August 21, 2019
A terrific example of a Talmud MS written without the nested box layout familiar from the Bomberg print: two columns; entire Mishnah, then entire Gemara; few additional commentary and reading aids #materialculture https://t.co/cN8ICOfw2H— Matthew Chalmers (@Matt_J_Chalmers) August 22, 2019