Pedagogy month begins with Rebecca Kamholz, teaching rabbinic using Star Trek.
Kamholz: “But in the end, for me the goal of teaching about Talmud, especially to beginners, is not for them to go on to become rabbinicists, or even to ever read the Talmud again. It is for them to encounter a difficult, fascinating text, and to try to place themselves in its world, to understand and connect with the people who created it. And Star Trek is one way of letting them in on that connection right away: they know people like this. If they try, they can know some more.”
Book Note: Martti Nissinen, Ancient Prophecy: Near Eastern, Biblical, and Greek Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Kelly: “Prophecy does not exist as a natural phenomenon; rather, it is socially and historically contingent, both for the communities in which prophets functioned and for those which seek to define, reconstruct and understand it.”
Articles and News
List of open access monographs in ancient history and related fields at Sarah Bond’s blog.
Gareth Wearn over at Papyrus Stories discusses an Iron Age ostracon petition from Israel.
Great introduction to the three alphabets used for writing Georgian.
Freshly digitized Samaritan Pentateuch from 1362: Cotton MS Claudius B VIII.
Images of the small late antique theatre at Kom-el Dikka, Alexandria.
New Jewish Quarterly Review issue deals with Wissenschaft des Judentums, German Jewish scholarship, and its legacy.
August 7, 143 CE: After 25 yrs of service, Pannonian soldier Ancharius Secundus is granted a bronze diploma of military completion #OTD near the area of Matrica (Hungary). He names his non-legitimate wife Victorina & daughter Niger––who no longer received citizenship (RMD IV 266) pic.twitter.com/GN8kqvP14E— Dr. Sarah Bond (@SarahEBond) August 7, 2019
I want to see a syllabi-swapping workshop @SBLsite. I love sharing materials that have worked for me and learning from others.— Krista N. Dalton (@KristaNDalton) August 5, 2019
Bring out your reading lists! We are compiling an open archive of comprehensive exam reading lists in Intellectual History (broadly defined!). To support grad students looking forward to comps, please share yours at firstname.lastname@example.org https://t.co/ldDcZkI1ep— J. History of Ideas (@JHIdeas) August 7, 2019