Tree of Knowledge

This image came my way on Facebook. There is more information about the tree on the National Geograohic website. Of course, by calling this post “tree of knowledge” I will be setting some readers on edge because of the allusion to Genesis. But that reaction itself reflects a problematic understanding of the passage. I doubt [Read More...]

Wilhelm Stenhammar Symphony No.2

I love music of the late Romantic era, and Swedish composers in particular. Here is Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No.2 in G minor op.34 from 1911. [Read more...]

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger – Symphony No. 2 in E Flat Major “The Journey on Southerly Winds” (1910)

Another example of the hauntingly beautiful and melodic symphonic music produced in Sweden in the early 20th century. [Read more...]

2013 Conference on Mandaeism

I’d been waiting for an update on a conference which had initially been proposed to be held this summer. Here’s the updated information from the ARAM Society web site: Mandaeism, 25-28 July 2013 (University of Stockholm – Sweden) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Seventh International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, [Read More...]