Ancient/Middle East Academic Resources Online

A whole range of interesting materials have popped up on blogs today, and so I thought I’d gather them and share them here. AWOL shared the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project (and also Greek Inscriptions) and the Middle East Research Journals project. AMIR mentioned Michael Hillman’s books and other materials for learning Persian language and culture, available [Read More...]

Who Was Jesus to George Caird in 1977?

Thanks to Mark Goodacre and Matthew Montonini for sharing the above video, featuring New Testament scholar George Caird and also David Flusser being interviewed for the 1977 documentary, “Who Was Jesus?” [Read more...]

Remnants from the Jewish Temple?

An interesting story came to my attention via a Greek archaeology feed aggregator, which with a bit of help led me to a story from the Biblical Archaeology Society. If the results of carbon dating indicated in the article are correct, then cedar beams used in the Al-Aqsa Mosque were there long before its construction. [Read More...]

Easy Exam Question

Bob Cargill tweeted that he likes to give students at least one easy question on the exams he gives. And he showed what that looks like: I dread to think what Bob would do if a student actually picked “B”… [Read more...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Remember when getting all the Dead Sea Scrolls published and available to scholars and the public was a frustrating issue? How times have changed! Now significant numbers of the scrolls are available online, thanks to a partnership between the IAA and Google, as many bloggers and news sites have been reporting. Click here to visit [Read More...]

Free Book: Age of spirituality: Late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century

Via the blog Hieroi Logoi, I learned that the catalog from a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit of Late Antique Christian art in 1970s, with the title Age of spirituality: Late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century, is available as a free pdf download. It can also be read online. The book [Read More...]

The Jordan Codices Exposed

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Will the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife be Buried in the Talpiot Tomb?

David Meadows offered some more nails for the ossuary in which many are confident that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife will be buried, and Sightings has an article entitled “The Swift Rise and Apparent Demise of ‘Jesus’ Wife’.” As we await the test results on the ink on the papyrus fragment that made news headlines [Read More...]

The Sun of God?

Jim Davila mentioned an article (behind a paywall) about the depiction of the Sun, apparently as divine, in mosaics in Israel. There are quite a number of such mosaics, and the most common connect the twelve signs of the zodiac with the twelve patriarchs, and have God as the sun in the middle. Here is [Read More...]

BibleWorks 9 and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Today a wonderful opportunity to continue illustrating more features of BibleWorks 9 has presented itself. With the issuing of Francis Watson’s pdf arguing that the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake, the seemingly unparalleled line 6 stands out amid other lines for which Watson claims to have found possible sources of derivation, even if [Read More...]

Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake?

Let me start with the news that Mark Goodacre shared a pdf of an article written by Francis Watson, arguing that the recently-found Coptic papyrus that has been dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake. He followed that up with a second shorter pdf on the forger’s alleged technique. Some are already pronouncing [Read More...]


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