Jodi Magness previews her new publication on Masada while discussing the myths and afterlives of the site.
Magness: “In the summer months, thousands of youth from abroad form a continuous line climbing the mountain before sunrise by way of the Snake Path.After the sun comes up, many more tourists pack the cable car for a ride to the top.All these visitors share one goal: to stand on the very spot where a small band of Jewish rebels made their last stand against the mighty Roman Empire.”
Book Note: Andrew R. Krause, Synagogues in the Works of Flavius Josephus: Rhetoric, Spatiality, and First-Century Jewish Institutions (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
Scales: “Scholars have sought to use Josephus as a source on these early synagogues, but Krause admonishes researchers to move beyond simply “data-mining” Josephus for facts about the synagogues and attempts to understand how the synagogue functioned as an ideological institution in Judaism post-70 CE.”
Articles and News
Thinking of the New Testament as a Jewish book with the Jewish History Matters podcast.
The British Library launches its Discovering Sacred Texts site.
The first issue of the hot-off-the-press Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.
Byzantine Studies podcasts with Anthony Kaldellis, featuring Ellen Muehlberger, Kristina Sessa, Leonora Neville, and George Demacopoulos (so far).
Minoan archaeology and art, misleading scholarly interpretations, and the link between art and ethnicity.
The second Dead Sea Scrolls digital short tackles questions of pseudepigraphy.
Tomorrow I’m part of a workshop for graduate students about the job market and life after the dissertation. If you could only offer one piece of advice to graduate students, what would it be?— Dr. Catherine E. Bonesho (@catebosh) September 26, 2019
Two fragmentary scenes from the gospel of John are preserved in this fragmentary section of the baptistery dome. Water is the prominent theme : the Samaritan woman at the well & the wedding at Cana https://t.co/XsnOT852P9 #photography #EarlyChristian #LateAntiquity #Naples #Bible— Arthur Urbano (@arturoviaggia) September 24, 2019