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Unpublished Mandaean Texts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...]

Rudolphus

Via N.S.Gill, I learned that the blog Gaudium Mundo some years ago offered a Latin holiday song for every day of December. First up was Rudolphus: Click through for several different versions of the lyrics. In case you are wondering, no, I do not intend to share all of them! [Read more...]

Abba Again

It is now two weeks since we finally dived into the details of the Lord’s Prayer in my Sunday school class. Moving at our usual fast pace, we covered one word on that occasion: Father. I highlighted the evidence for Jesus have addressed God as abba in Aramaic, and the misconception that abba meant “daddy” [Read More...]

Learn to Roll Your Rs

I have long wanted to be able to make the rolled “r” sound that one finds in Italian, Spanish, Romanian, and many other languages. Until recently I was unsuccessful. But I have made major progress over the past week or so, and I thought I would share what has helped. First, stop thinking of this [Read More...]

Review of Lexical Tools to the Syriac New Testament (Logos Edition)

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review the Logos version of an incredibly helpful Syriac language-learning tool, Lexical Tools to the Syriac New Testament by George Kiraz. I used the print edition of this book when learning Syriac, and found it very helpful. It incorporates learning aids of a sort that [Read More...]

Performing Ancient Texts in the Original Languages

My colleague Chris Bungard is one of the performers (the first you see) in the above video, which was made as part of an NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance. It got me thinking. Has anyone done something similar with Biblical texts, acting out and narrating stories in the original languages? [Read more...]

New Around the Blogosphere

Here are a few things from around the blogosphere, including a couple that would be easy to miss. First, André Gagné has a blog, which those interested in the Nag Hammadi codices and other aspects of ancient religion will want to keep an eye on. Next, The Ancient Bookshelf is another blog to keep an eye [Read More...]


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