Meredith Warren talks publication of her new book Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature
Warren: “This is why eating and tasting are so fundamental to how hierophagy functions: they transform what was external or alien into what is internal and intimate. Through ingesting otherworldly food, eaters are bound to that realm, or internalize other-worldly knowledge, aspects which are sometimes physically manifested by bodily changes, like Aseneth’s shining face after she consumes the honeycomb.”
Book Note: Kelly J. Murphy, Rewriting Masculinity: Gideon, Men, and Might (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019)
Graybill: “Rewriting Masculinity does not simply show us what it means for a biblical masculinity to be “rewritten” (or, for that matter, “written” or “constructed”); it peels back layers of text to reveal this process in action. It also stands as an example of how to “do masculinity studies” of biblical texts, while also showing how such a practice can — and perhaps must — draw on a wide range of interpretive strategies and approaches, from textual criticism to reception history to literary analysis.”
Articles and News
Digitized Samaritan Torah scroll fragment online at the British Library.
Neat piece on late Chalcolithic gold artifacts found in Bulgaria – some of the oldest in the world.
The Library of Congress photographic archive of Sinai online.
AJS Annual Conference program book now available here.
New imaging methods suggest unusual processing and parchment composition of the Temple Scroll.
Several works associated with Joseph Azzaya added to the Digital Syriac Corpus.
Candida Moss discusses the fraught question of the literacy of Jesus.
The Syriac Institute releases its free Transkribus models, with automatic transcription of Syriac to up to 98% accuracy.
Update: “The Talmud is clearer than Donna Harraway” - my students, budding rabbinicists. You heard it here first, folks #amteaching— Matthew Chalmers (@Matt_J_Chalmers) September 18, 2019
The site of Qasr Libya, in modern-day Libya, contains the remains of two churches and a fort, all dated to the late antique period. It has been speculated that the site was the recipient of imperial benefaction under the emperor Justianian (1/5). More: https://t.co/274LXh2SPs pic.twitter.com/5xv3c3G8fE— Manar al-Athar (@ManarAlAthar) September 16, 2019