Retrospective from Beth Berkowitz on her Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures
Berkowitz: “My research began with the simple observation that if the Rabbis had opposed execution they would not have produced an elaborate ritual for performing one. Even if the Rabbis never carried out the procedure outlined in Mishnah Sanhedrin or imagined that they would, they must have created the halting, haunting ceremony that begins at the courthouse and ends with the criminal’s burial with some set of interests in mind. Those interests became my own as I set about reading this ancient ritual script.”
Book Note: Jörg Rüpke, Pantheon: A New History of Roman Religion (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)
Gvaryahu: “The visual effect of the ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome, with its famous oculus skylight on the dust jacket, cut out to reveal a sky-blue cover, complete with birds flying across the subtitle, is striking. It matches Rüpke’s intellectual ambition quite nicely: to peer through structures and remains, to see out into the modes in which the Romans communicated with their not completely plausible actors — some of which, not incidentally, I am sure, were birds.”
Articles and News
Lily Vuong talks Protoevangelium of James on the Bible and Beyond podcast.
Entry on the Homily on the Dormition of the Virgin added to e-Clavis.
Digitization continues at the British Library Hebrew Project: a commentary on the Pentateuch by Joseph Karo.
The 2018-2019 Frankel Institute Annual on Sephardic identities is now online.
Andrew Jacobs’ translation of Amphilochius of Iconium’s Against False Asceticism.
Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Shorts Ep.1 tackles Aramaic biographies of angels and demons.
Full open access to edited volume analysing cultural responses to the Persian Wars.
Reflections on the trickiness of translating the book of Job.
no big deal just probably THE OLDEST COMPLETE TORAH SCROLL IN THE WORLD https://t.co/587JomuC6A— Yitz Landes (@yitzlandes) September 8, 2019
A new Twitter account to follow! For the latest events around the study of the New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School see @ECSW_UChicago! #NewTestament #EarlyChristianity #lateantiquity @UChiDivinity— Erin Galgay Walsh (@ErinCGW) September 10, 2019
Let’s reconsider this whole material culture thing, shall we? (Coming in June) pic.twitter.com/JlR2lrR52H— Maia Kotrosits (@maiakotro) September 12, 2019