English is Crazy

A bit of poetry to start your work week. Via Marc Cortez [Read more...]

Translating Names

Charles Häberl has blogged about an issue that translators regularly face, and which we must deal with as we work towards the final version of our translation of the Mandaean Book of John (or as it might perhaps better be called, The Doctrine of John or The Teaching of John). How are names best translated? When [Read More...]

Targum Neofiti Online

Via Ancient World Online, I learned that the Vatican Library has put Targum Neofiti online! If you are not familiar with them, the Targumim are Aramaic paraphrases of the Bible, which provide important insights into how ancient Jews understood their Scriptures.   [Read more...]

Happy Septuagint Day!

Abram K-J pointed out in his last Septuagint Soiree that today would be Septuagint Day. And so give yourself an LXX helping of Bible to mark the occasion!     [Read more...]

Nag Hammadi at Early Christian Writings

As Peter Kirby mentioned on his blog a few days ago, he has added the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts to his wonderfully useful website, Early Christian Writings. Mike Grondin has now added two lists of those materials to his Gospel of Thomas website: one listing the Nag Hammadi texts alphabetically by name, the other listing [Read More...]

Christopher Rollston on the James Ossuary

Steve Caruso shared the video below featuring Christopher Rollston and Gabriel Barkay talking about the James Ossuary. (If you missed it, see also Steve’s recent Twitter exchange with Jesus.) Of related interest, the Israel Antiquities Authorities has an online archaeological database that is full of useful resources.   [Read more...]

Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More...]

God is Agape

I recently had someone say something about “leaving students agape” on Twitter. It is perhaps a professional hazard that I initially thought that “agape” was a transliterated Greek word (meaning love) rather than the English word meaning with one’s mouth hanging open wide. The resulting meanings are quite different! I am now noticing just how [Read More...]

Creationist Linguistics

From People in White Coats [Read more...]

Unpublished Mandaean Texts

Marek Vinklat has shared a book chapter of his on Academia.edu, “Forgotten Mandaic Magic Texts in the British Museum.” The chapter begins by noting that there are numerous neglected, misidentified, and otherwise unknown Mandaic texts in various museums and libraries, and then goes on to offer a study of one of them.   [Read more...]

Fragments of Extracanonical Greek Gospels Online

What’s New in Papyrology highlighted some new images of Greek manuscripts that have been placed online by the British Library. They include the Egerton Gospel: And this fragment of the Gospel of Thomas in Greek: Also of related interest, a new law in Norway is requiring the digitization of all books. [Read more...]


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