Quote of the Day (Dezső Kosztolányi)

Idegen nyelvet lehet nagyon jól tudni, de jól soha. [Translation: “It is possible to know a foreign language very well, but never well.”] — Dezső Kosztolányi in his 1922 essay “Nyelvtudás” (“Language Knowledge/Learning”) [Read more…]

Reading Philo in Greek

I just recently started meeting with some colleagues and a student in a Greek reading group. I suggested to a colleague in Classics that it might be interesting to read Philo of Alexandria together, and she got very excited about the idea, and some other colleagues in Religion also expressed an interest. And so lately, [Read More…]

#sblaar Mandaean Running

Yesterday morning was the first bit of genuinely free time I have had at the conference, and so I spent some time in the book exhibit and elsewhere, talking with friends. This rest was helpful in preparing for what lay in store that afternoon… First there was a session on mysticism, esotericism, and Gnosticism, in [Read More…]

#SBLAAR Conference Paper Teaser: John-Books and Sabbath-Loosing

I will post a link from my blog to a full version of my conference paper soon, with primary texts and extra sections included that I do not have time to include in the actual presentation. I will post that on the day I actually read the paper, so that the link will be at [Read More…]

Late Texts, Early Traditions continued: Thomases, Johns, and Marks

Here I am continuing some preliminary reflections related to my upcoming conference paper (which I began in an earlier post). My research interests which intersect with the methodological question I raised in my previous post, about the discerning of ancient traditions and of independent traditions in relatively late texts, seem to revolve around Johns and Thomases. [Read More…]

Mandaeans and Other Marsh Arabs

Via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources, I learned of the Marsh Arabs Heritage Project, which looks at the cultural, religious, and social life of the marshlands of Southern Iraq, including the Mandaeans, but also Muslims, Jews, Christians, Yezidis and others. The pdf downloads appear not to have been added yet, but there is in [Read More…]

Winning Ugaritic

Jim West announced on his blog today that I was the winner of his giveaway of the brand new volume An Introduction to Ugaritic by John Huenegard. Since he said that I had the most compelling answer regarding why I deserved the book, it seemed it might be worth sharing what I wrote. I realize [Read More…]

Change of Location for 2013 ARAM Conference on Mandaeism and CFP

I received this today via e-mail from the ARAM Society: ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Sixth International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 08-10 July, 2013. The conference aims to study Mandaeism and its relationship to Near Eastern religions and [Read More…]

Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies

Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies  The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces the establishment of the Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, to be awarded annually for three years beginning with the Academic Year 2013-2014. The fellowship has been established through the generosity of Rebecca Haile and [Read More…]

Jesus’ Wife: Internet Plagiarist?

The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” has not been getting as much attention in the media or on blogs the past few days. Today it seems likely that that will change. As Mark Goodacre pointed out on his blog, Andrew Bernhard has posted an article with a tentative suggestion about the composition of the “Gospel of [Read More…]