A group for scholars of or interested in ancient Judaism.
This article argues that the Gospel of Thomas was written in Alexandria, not in Eastern Syria as is the current consensus. The arguments in favor of a Syrian Gospel of Thomas are not as strong as is often assumed, and a stronger case can be made for Alexandria. The Gospel of Thomas has a number of features that suggest it was a product of the…[Read more]
Reuven Chaim (Rudolph) Klein deposited ‘Till Death Do Us Part: The Halachic Prospects of Marriage for Conjoined (Siamese) Twins in the group Ancient Jew Review on Humanities Commons 3 months, 4 weeks ago
This thought experiment considers whether Siamese (Conjoined) are allowed to marry according to Halacha. It considers various aspects of the Biblical bans on incest and offers a very contemporary discussion about the meaning of personhood. This paper uses medical journals, works on medical history, and various responsa to find a precedent and…[Read more]
Preview of Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature (SBL Press, 2019) https://secure.aidcvt.com/sbl/ProdDetails.asp?ID=064211C&PG=1&Type=BL&PCS=SBL
From SBL Press:
In her book, Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature, Meredith J. C. Warren identifies and defines a new genre in ancient texts that she terms…[Read more]
A chapter exploring rivalries among groups in ancient Greek cities of Asia Minor.
Article exploring Jewish or Judean groups in the context of associations at Hierapolis.
Philip Harland deposited Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians: Associations, Judeans, and Cultural Minorities in the group Ancient Jew Review on Humanities Commons 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Book that explores processes of identification within various small group situations in the Greco-Roman world.
Philip Harland deposited Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary. II. North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor. BZNW, 204. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. in the group Ancient Jew Review on Humanities Commons 4 months, 3 weeks ago
PDF of Bosporan section of work only in keeping with the publisher’s policy.
Philip Harland deposited Familial Dimensions of Group Identity (II): ‘Mothers’ and ‘Fathers’ in Associations and Synagogues of the Greek World in the group Ancient Jew Review on Humanities Commons 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Article on parental language within small groups in the Greco-Roman world with special attention to fathers or mothers of the synagogue.
A discussion of the different lists of Canaanite nations.
This article is a detailed review of Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred, ed. Jorunn Økland, J. Cornelis de Vos, and Karen J. Wenell (Bloomsbury, 2016); and The King and the Land: A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World, by Stephen C. Russell (Oxford University Press, 2017).
The paper argues that the pesaḥ is a ritual with no origins in the literature we have, from the earliest recoverable fragment, through the first revision that introduces as many problems as it aims to solve, to subsequent extensions in multiple directions, with no arc, no trajectory, no telos, but recurrent hermeneutic expressive engagement.
This chapter explores the prose traditions in the Writings under the broad division between historiography and storytelling. While 1–2 Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah make use of archival sources and possibly genuine first-person accounts, these materials are arranged and subsumed under an ideological umbrella—much like contemporaneous Greek his…[Read more]
ABSTRACT: How to understand the processes, by which bodies ingest, gestate, generate, excrete, and expel various kinds of substances? This paper treats these questions as sorted through in rabbinic texts. The ways in which we think about how material bodies come into being, and the ways in which we distinguish and explain the emergence, entry, and…[Read more]
Part of a panel discussion in the Use and Influence of the New Testament seminar
Meredith Warren deposited When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?’ (John 7:31): Signs and the Messiah in the Gospel of John in the group Ancient Jew Review on Humanities Commons 11 months, 4 weeks ago
The Gospel of John is not unique in representing Jesus as performing miracles, but the way that John uses signs to point to Jesus’s Christological identity stands out among the canonical gospels. In John, when Jesus is called χριστός—Christ, messiah—it is often in the context of a sign being performed. However, the relationship between Jesus…[Read more]
This essay offers an introduction to select disciplinary developments in the study of history and in historical study of the Hebrew Bible. It focuses first and foremost on “cultural history,” a broad category defined by nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in anthropology and sociology, literary theory and linguistics, and other fie…[Read more]
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