Singing Psalm 53 as the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer

This is labeled on YouTube as a sung version of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. But it is elsewhere labeled as Psalm 53 in Syriac, sung in Georgia, for Pope Francis! It is beautiful either way, but this illustrates nicely the problems that arise when people start discussing texts in languages they don’t understand. Not [Read More…]

How Ancient Latin Sounded (And How We Know)

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Learn Ancient Greek with Prof. Leonard Muellner

Ancient World Online shared the above playlist of videos for learning ancient Greek, courtesy of the Center for Hellenic Studies. I haven’t watched them, but I’m sure they’ll be useful to some readers! [Read more…]

The Eye of a Needle

The page The Christian Left shared this image on Facebook, and a couple of comments that were made on it there deserve responses. First, you will sometimes hear that the Eye of the Needle was an actual gate in Jerusalem which a camel could indeed pass through, on its knees and leaving any goods it [Read More…]

Learn Aramaic Online

It is aimed at speakers of German, but I imagine that even if you don’t know German yet (and if not, why not?!), this site focused on teaching the modern spoken Aramaic/Syriac of Eastern Christian communities will still be of interest and useful to you. I’ve added it to the list of Useful Sites that [Read More…]

A Unique Hat

Joel Willits wore a very striking hat yesterday at the Enoch Seminar. Can you read what it says?   [Read more…]

Post-doctoral Cataloging Fellowship at HMML

Post-doctoral Cataloging Fellowship at HMML   The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging beginning as soon as July 1, 2016. The Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation within a larger project to catalog recently digitized Eastern Christian manuscripts. Under the guidance of [Read More…]

A Man Attested By God: Daniel Kirk on the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels

I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Daniel Kirk’s forthcoming book, which he blogged about recently. The book is called A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. I cannot emphasize enough what an important study this is. I am hopeful that it will radically shift the direction of the [Read More…]

Call for Papers on Aramaic Magical Bowls

The American Academy of Religion’s Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity program unit, and the Society of Biblical Literature Aramaic program unit and Religious World in Late Antiquity Section, are co-sponsoring a session on the Aramaic and Mandaic magical bowls. A session is being planned on the Aramaic magic bowls. Given the interdisciplinary sponsorship, we propose [Read More…]

A Bible Typo as Prelude to the Hymn of Jesus

The Acts of John concludes with Jesus leading his disciples in song (with words that Gustav Holst famously set to music). Abram Kielsmier-Jones spotted a typo in an English heading in his Greek New Testament, which may provide the backstory to the incident in the Acts of John: [Read more…]