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Everyone Could Use Some Forgiveness…

… and you can pick it up this week in Cabell Hall:

David McNaughton lecture


If You’re Interested in the History and Development of the Bible…

… then you must visit a site that recently appeared on my radar: It includes downloadable digital editions of a number of valuable works, including:

  • The Complutensian Polyglot (1522; the first printed edition of the Greek New Testament [1514], although its publication was delayed for several years pending the completion of the entire Bible)
  1. Volume I: OT
  2. Volume II: NT
  • Hermann von Soden, Die Schriften des Neuen Testaments (1911-1913; the most important treatment of the Greek New Testament since those of Tischendorf, Tregelles, and Westcott and Hort)
  1. Volume I (1911; originally published in two volumes)
  2. Volume II (1913; originally published in two volumes)

And there’s more where those came from.  Have a look.


Another Uncial Codex Online

Several members of the Textual Criticism Group have noted that the Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht has published a complete set of images of Codex Boreelianus (text-critical symbol: F; Gregory-Aland number: 09), an Greek uncial codex of the gospels dating to the ninth century.  This manuscript should not be confused with Codex Augiensis, a Greek-Latin diglot containing the Pauline epistles (whose text-critical symbol is also F).

Visit Codex Boreelianus’ digital home here.



Archaic Mark: Have We Solved the Mystery at Last?

Thanks to Wieland Willker for calling everyone’s attention to an upcoming conference at which Joseph Barabe, Abigail Quandt, and Margaret Mitchell will announce the results of extensive studies of the Gospel of Mark:

Chicago’s Archaic Mark (ms 2427):
A Report on the Results of Chemical, Codicological and Textual Analysis

Presented by the Early Christian Studies Workshop and the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago

Joseph Barabe,
The McCrone Group, Westmont, IL
Abigail Quandt,
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Margaret M. Mitchell,
The University of Chicago Divinity School

Monday October 26 from 6-8 pm
Special Collections Research Center
Joseph Regenstein Library 1100 E. 57th Street

At this special session of the Workshop, jointly sponsored by the Library’s Special Collections Research Center, the final results of a multi-year commitment by the University to solve a decades-long enigma — is this miniature codex a genuine Byzantine manuscript preserving a very early text-type of the Gospel of Mark or a modern forgery? — will be announced. The manuscript itself will be available for viewing, and Barabe, Quandt and Mitchell will document their findings and their implications in advance of their forthcoming article in the journal Novum Testamentum. All interested parties are welcome to attend. A light reception will follow. (Please note special evening time.)


RBL Highlights: 10/22/09

Even more highlights from the Review of Biblical Literature!

Roland Boer
Last Stop before Antarctica: The Bible and Postcolonialism in Australia
Reviewed by F. Rachel Magdalene

T. E. Clontz and J. Clontz, eds.
The Comprehensive New Testament
Reviewed by Alastair Haines

Garan Eidevall
Prophecy and Propaganda: Images of Enemies in the Book of Isaiah
Reviewed by Maire Byrne

Joseph A. Fitzmyer
The One Who Is to Come
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton

Carol Hupping, ed.
The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide
Reviewed by Gilbert Lozano

Richard James Fischer
Historical Genesis: From Adam to Abraham
Reviewed by Paul L. Chen

Linda B. Hall
Mary, Mother and Warrior: The Virgin in Spain and the Americas
Reviewed by Violeta Rocha

Michael Kaler
Flora Tells a Story: The Apocalypse of Paul and Its Context
Reviewed by Tobias Nicklas

Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Swapping Housewives: Rachel and Jacob and Leah
Reviewed by Randall L. McKinion

Uwe-Karsten Plisch
The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary
Reviewed by Christopher Tuckett

Hagith Sivan
Palestine in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Steven Fine

Guy G. Stroumsa
The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Tom Thatcher and Stephen D. Moore, eds.
Anatomies of Narrative Criticism: The Past, Present, and Futures of the Fourth Gospel as Literature
Reviewed by Craig Koester


Egypt Wants the Rosetta Stone Back…

… along with other notable artifacts currently held by foreign museums.  Personally, I doubt that it’s gonna happen.  CNN reports here.


Not So Sacred Vows

A message from Kevin Hart:

Andrew Cherlin, the Benjamin Griswold Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, will give a lecture entitled, “Not So Sacred Vows: Religion and Marriage in America,” on October 21, 2009 at 4 p.m. in the Dome  Room of the Rotunda. As one of the nation’s leading family scholars, Cherlin’s work is regularly featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. Professor Cherlin’s lecture will draw from his recent book, The Marriage-Go-Round (Knopf, 2009), which explores the causes and consequences of family instability in the United States.

Professor Cherlin will specifically explore the contributions that religion makes to contemporary married life in the United States, as well as the ways in which the influence of religion on marriage is undercut by individualism in the pews and the broader society. The lecture is sponsored by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, and is co-sponsored by the departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, as well as the Center for Children, Families, and the Law and the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville. The lecture is open to the public.


RBL Highlights: 10/21/09

Highlights from the most recent edition of the Review of Biblical Literature:

Brevard Childs
The Church’s Guide for Reading Paul: The Canonical Shaping of the Pauline Corpus
Reviewed by Paul E. Trainor

Desta Heliso
Pistis and the Righteous One: A Study of Romans 1:17 against the Background of Scripture and Second Temple Jewish Literature
Reviewed by Lars Kierspel

Nicola Laneri, ed.
Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean
Reviewed by Aren Maeir

Pekka Lindqvist
Sin at Sinai: Early Judaism Encounters Exodus 32
Reviewed by James N. Rhodes

Martin Mosse
The Three Gospels: New Testament History Introduced by the Synoptic Problem
Reviewed by Pheme Perkins

Charles Puskas
The Conclusion of Luke-Acts: The Significance of Acts 28:16-31
Reviewed by Deborah Thompson Prince

Huub van de Sandt and Jürgen Zangenberg, eds.
Matthew, James, and Didache: Three Related Documents in Their Jewish and Christian Settings
Reviewed by William Varner

Andrew Sloane
At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics
Reviewed by Andrew Davies

Robert Stein
Reviewed by Joel F. Williams

Alan Thompson
One Lord, One People: The Unity of the Church in Acts in Its Literary Setting
Reviewed by Bobby Kelly


Faith in a Secular Age

For those in the DC area:



New from SBL: Circumcision, etc.

Lots of interesting stuff:

Solomon’s Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs
Scott B. Noegel and Gary A. Rendsburg

This monograph includes four lengthy studies on the Song of Songs, which together identify the northern dialect of the poetry, focus on the literary devices of alliteration and variation, and propose that the composition is akin to medieval Arabic hija’ and tašbib (or invective) poetic genres, aimed at critiquing the king and his court. The authors conclude that the poem was written during the period of the two monarchies, probably circa 900 B.C.E., somewhere in northern Israel, with the goal of censuring King Solomon and his descendants on the throne in Jerusalem.

Paper $34.95 • 284 pages • ISBN 9781589834224 • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 1 • Hardback edition

Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition
David A. Bernat

Sign of the Covenant is the first and only full-length scholarly study of circumcision in the Hebrew Bible. Making use of a “close-reading” approach to ritually oriented texts, it offers new and important insights into the biblical idea of covenant and into core aspects of the Torah’s views on God, ritual, and Israelite destiny. Circumcision has been a key symbol for Jews throughout history, a practice debated among the first Christians, and a ritual found among peoples the world over. Sign of the Covenant will be a key reference work for anyone looking at circumcision in any culture, and particularly for students of the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity.

Paper $24.95 • 176 pages • ISBN 9781589834095 • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 3 • Hardback edition

Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters
John M. Dillon and Wolfgang Polleichtner

“…philology that is exemplary in its thoroughness and precision.”—Wayne J. Hankey, Carnegie Professor and Chairman, Department of Classics with Religious Studies, Dalhousie University and Kings College

Iamblichus is the only Platonist philosopher whose philosophical letters have survived from the ancient world. These nineteen letters, which are translated into English here for the first time, address such topics as providence, fate, concord, marriage, bringing up children, ingratitude, music, and the cardinal virtues, with some letters addressed to students and others to prominent members of Syrian society and the imperial administration. The letters reflect the concerns of popular moral philosophy and illustrate the more public aspects of Iamblichus’s philosophy. This volume provides a useful complement to Iamblichus: On the Mysteries and Iamblichus: On the Pythagorean Way of Life, both published by the Society of Biblical Literature, and will be of interest to students of late antiquity, of Neoplatonic philosophy, and of early Christianity.

Paper $24.95 • 148 pages • ISBN 9781589831612 • Writings from the Greco-Roman World 19 • Hardback edition

Studia Philonica Annual XXI, 2009
David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, editors

The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly journal devoted to furthering the study of Hellenistic Judaism, and in particular the writings and thought of the Hellenistic-Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 B.C.E. to circa 50 C.E.). Articles in this issue are David T. Runia, The Theme of Flight and Exile in the Allegorical Thought-World of Philo of Alexandria; Scott D. Mackie, Seeing God in Philo of Alexandria: The Logos, the Powers, or the Existent One?; Tzvi Novick, Perspective, Paideia, and Accommodation in Philo; Gregory E. Sterling, How Do You Introduce Philo of Alexandria? The Cambridge Companion to Philo.

Hardcover $27.95 • 172 pages • ISBN 9781589834439

January 2021


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