No Wait, I Can Fix This…

Steve Caruso shared an image related to his work on the Mandaean Book of John project – this image illustrating a scribe’s “indecisiveness” about what to write, as it unfolded in an era before erasers: Click through to read more about it, and to see Steve’s color-coded explanation of the letters. It is a good [Read More...]

Spoiler about the Doctor’s Regeneration?

Is this a leaked set of images from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special? No, actually the Doctor at the end is Chris Brady, of the blog Targuman, in his new Facebook profile picture. Steve Caruso made the composite image and shared it on his Aramaic Blog. When I dress up in my regalia for [Read More...]

The Evolution of Language

In a post about five jobs a creationist cannot do, linguistics was included. Since some might be surprised, I thought I’d comment a bit more on that. Creationists deny linguistics, just as they deny evolution and astronomy and geology, because of an approach to Genesis which they think is literal. In this case, the story [Read More...]

AAR Traditions of East Late Antiquity Session

Here is the lineup for the Traditions of East Late Antiquity Exploratory Session that will take place at AAR in November: From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us? Charles Häberl, Rutgers University “On the Creation of Adam”: A Greek/Syriac “Kephalaion” from Titus of Bostra’s Contra Manichaeos Timothy Pettipiece, University of Ottawa [Read More...]

Easter Flash Mob

I’m grateful to Mike Bird for sharing the above video. Christianity is a diverse global phenomenon – indeed, so diverse that Eastern Christians will be celebrating Easter on May 5th this year! And so sharing this song, with words characteristic of the Orthodox branch of Christianity, on the day that Catholics and Protestants celebrate Easter [Read More...]

What Does Transcribing a Manuscript Look Like?

Steve Caruso shared an image to let those who may have wondered see what it looks like. In case it isn’t obvious, this is from his work on the Mandaean Book of John project! [Read more...]

Rick Brannan Apocryphal Gospels for Logos

Rick Brannan’s edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha for Logos offers an important new resource that anyone interested in the early history of Christianity will want to have. There are in fact two “volumes” – the Greek texts themselves in the original language, and an English translation with an introduction to each [Read More...]

ARAM 2013 Conference on the Mandaeans: The Program So Far

Below are the papers that have already been placed on the program of the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans, which will be held in Oxford in July, including my own. I expect that there will be still more before the program is finalized. If you do research that is related to the Mandaeans, and have [Read More...]

Logos 5 for iPad

I’m grateful to the folks at Logos Bible Software for the opportunity to review the latest version of their product, Logos 5. I plan to do several posts on this software, including the desktop version. And so in this one, I will focus only on the corresponding iPad app, which provides convenient access to the [Read More...]

Grants for Cataloging Eastern Christian Manuscripts

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces grants available for cataloging work in its eastern Christian collections in Arabic/Garšūnī, Armenian, Old Church Slavonic, and Syriac. These grants are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Many of these collections are greatly understudied and catalogers thus have prime opportunities for new and further research, as [Read More...]

The Mandaean Good Shepherd

Charles Häberl mentioned on his blog that he has posted his translation of chapters 11 and 12 of the Mandaean Book of John (or as it might also be called, the Doctrine of John or Teaching of John). Here are links to the relevant chapters on our project blog: Chapter 11 Chapter 12 The title he [Read More...]


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