This Week: Apocalypse now, Pseudo-Matthew, imperial women and Lactantius, Allegro Qumran images online, Syriac teaching – and more!
In this book, I aim to expand beyond the traditional critical-exegetical methods (while these always remain indispensable) to show how Continental philosophy, with its emphasis on disrupting metaphysical and dualistic orders, offers a useful hermeneutical resource that poses new lines of questioning to the biblical texts.
This Week: Manichaeans of Kellis, ancient Roman informatics, Armenian infancy gospels, cuneiform data online, translation and Evagrius – and more!
When would the Manichaeans of Kellis have felt “Manichaeanness” as the most relevant factor to define their behavioral choices?
This Week: Myths of Masada, Josephus’ synagogues, Jewish New Testament, new journals, pseudepigrapha, Coptic research tools – and more!
Jodi Magness discusses the myths of Masada while offering a preview of her recent book, Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth (Princeton University Press, 2019).
This nuance does not help scholars reconstruct detailed synagogue practices, but helps us understand an idea of what synagogues could mean for Jews of the first-century CE.
This Week: Hierophagy, rewriting masculinity, Samaritan Torah, Sinai photo archives, Syriac online, the literacy of Jesus – and more!
In other words, if transformational eating like hierophagy is something that ancient authors took for granted, why is it that eating or tasting other-worldly food has such a profound effect?
Kelly Murphy’s Rewriting Masculinity: Gideon, Men, and Might (OUP 2019)offers a fascinating journey through the multiple and layered maculinities of the biblical character Gideon (Judges 6-8), while providing a methodological model for biblical masculinity studies to emulate.
This Week: Death penalty discourse, the Roman pantheon, angels and demons, the Protoevangelium of James, translating Job – and more!
Dr. Beth Berkowitz writes a retrospective of her first book, Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures (Oxford UP, 2006).
For students of the rabbis, Roman religion is often thought of as a constant. It is a yardstick against which we measure changing conceptions and ideas of the rabbis. But we would do well to remember that the period in which the rabbis, writ large, were active, is one of the headiest periods of religious change and upheaval in the Roman Empire.
This Week; Biblical women Warriors, Masada and its afterlives, Syriac studies, Etruscan, Hippocrates and Arabic, martyrdom – and more!
Caryn Tamber-Rosenau provides an overview of her recent publication, Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature (Gorgias, 2018).
This Week: Apocalypse, demons and roleplaying pedagogy, exiling clerics, Balaam and Deir Alla, the Gerizim inscriptions, Moabite finds – and more!
Sara Ronis describes the pedagogical impact of role playing exorcisms.
Anxiety over the end of time was deeply felt in Late Antiquity. In The Donatist Church in an Apocalyptic Age, Jesse Hoover turns our attention to the role of apocalypse for the Donatists, a currently neglected aspect of their theological and ecclesial vision.
This Week: Divination in the classroom, Israel and its eras, archaeology in Jerusalem, Kheredankh’s funerary stele, plague studies, catastrophe – and more!
Patrick Angiolillo describes his divination role-playing activity: “The students would be asked to develop their own forms of ritual divination, underscoring the concept that prophecy and divination were highly physical, calculated, lived experiences, and concretizing those aspects of the concept in practice.”
Andrew Tobolowsky shares his classroom handout: “A Short Introduction to the Bible and the History of Ancient Israel.”
This Week: Pedagogy and chavruta, early Christian textuality, translation, Talmudic time, messianic grammar – and more!
Krista Dalton describes using chavruta text-study as a habitual part of the religious studies classroom.
The thoroughgoing analysis, broad learning, and original theses evinced in this volume are a lodestar for scholars.
This Week: Star Trek rabbis and #pedagogy, ancient prophecy, German Jewish scholarship, Samaritans, Georgian, Iron Age letters – and more!
Rebecca Kamholz uses Star Trek fan discussions to teach Talmud: “What I finally realized was that there is a genre familiar to us in modern life that closely parallels the form and flow of the Talmud: the internet discussion board.”
With scholarship of the highest caliber, Ancient Prophecy is one of the most complete and authoritative accounts of the prophetic phenomenon in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, says reviewer William Kelly.
This Week: Constantine’s fervour (or not), the Byzantine Mary, late Babylonian ritual, pedagogy, Egypt and exhibition, #openaccess journals – and more!
Stories about the Virgin—who played a vital role in the religious everyday-life of most Byzantine Christians—supplied threads for that web and colored the imaginaire of a whole civilization. The people shaped her as she shaped them.