Mandaean Resources Online

Brian Mubaraki, whose photos of a Mandi in Australia and of Mandaean handicrafts I shared earlier in the summer, has provided me with a number of Mandaean digital resources, in order that I might provide an online home for them. Mandaean Diwans Diwan Alma Rishaia Zuta Diwan Dmuth Kushta Diwan Haran Gauaitha Diwan Malkutha laitha [Read More...]

You Know What I Did This Summer

Classes start at Butler University this week. I find it useful to look back over the summer’s activities, not only because blog readers may be interested, but also because I find it encouraging to look back and realize that something was accomplished! I taught my course on the Bible online to two sections of students [Read More...]

Josephus, Jesus, and John

Ken Olson recently had a guest post on the Jesus Blog, about the Testimonium Flavianum. Olson’s chapter on this subject, “A Eusebian Reading of the Testimonium Flavianum,” is online on Academia.edu. Jim Davila and Richard Carrier also discuss this topic. Olson’s argument is summed up as follows: “The most likely hypothesis is that Eusebius either composed the [Read More...]

John the “Baptist”

“John the Baptist” is the way one particular John is known to history. But there are two ways that phrase could be understood. One, which is probably the most common, views John as having developed a distinctive ritual immersion, and that creation of his led to him being nicknamed “John the immerser.” A problem with [Read More...]

Durch Dein Wort ward jegliches Ding!

The proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of Mandaic and Samaritan Studies, held in Berlin in 2008, has appeared in print, published by Harrassowitz Verlag. The title is »Durch Dein Wort ward jegliches Ding!« You can read the table of contents online in pdf format. A prepublication draft of Charles Häberl’s chapter on a Mandaean folktale can [Read More...]

Freedom of Expression and Religion

Butler University’s Seminar on Religion and World Civilization public lecture series for the coming year is on the topic “Freedom of Expression and Religion.” If you click through, you will see that there are four interesting topics lined up: “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith: Understanding the First Amendment and Its Global Implications”; “Islam and Free Expression”; “Mr. Putin [Read More...]

Garden of Eden to become Iraqi National Park

“Garden of Eden to become Iraqi National Park.” That’s the headline in New Scientist. The article is about the preservation of a part of the southern marshlands of Iraq, the region where the Ma’dan Marsh Arabs have historically lived, and a traditional homeland of the Mandaeans. Local lore also claims it was the site of the Garden of [Read More...]

Earliest Depiction of Mandaeans Seen in the West

Matthew Morgenstern shared this on Facebook: [Read more...]

Mandaeism in Antiquity and the Antiquity of Mandaeism

Charles Häberl has shared an entry he wrote for Religion Compass, “Mandaeism in Antiquity and the Antiquity of Mandaeism,” on Academia.edu. If you are interested in the Mandaeans, then not only this new upload, but many other things he has shared, will be of interest to you.   [Read more...]

Discovering the Mandaeans

On the Bowdoin College website, there is a podcast featuring Jorunn Buckley. Here’s the description: Assistant Professor of Religion Jorunn Buckley, the world’s leading scholar on the Mandaeans – an endangered Middle Eastern religious sect – talks about how she became involved in human rights work on their behalf. Click here to download it and [Read More...]

Society for Mandaean Studies

At the recent ARAM conference on the Mandaeans, a topic which some of us had discussed previously was brought up, namely the creation of a Society for Mandaean Studies. Matthew Morgenstern has responded by setting up a Facebook page to get the process underway to formally bring such an organization into existence. If you are [Read More...]


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