Septuagint Studies Soirée

Abram K-J has proposed a new blog carnival with a specific focus: the Septuagint Studies Soirée. Blog about the LXX, then click through and let Abram know that you’ve done so, and your post will most likely get included!     [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…]

When God Spoke Greek

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour focused on T. Michael Law’s book, When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. It is a book about the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures, and why you should be more interested [Read More…]

Ancient Greek Hipster Religion

Via “He Has a Wife You Know”   [Read more…]

Mary Magdalene Resources

Anthony LeDonne mentioned on his blog that he has a new book coming out: The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals. I think the cover, with a woman whose face is obscured, is very clever. Mark Mattison has made an interlinear version of the Gospel of Mary available on the Gospel of Thomas [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 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…]

Alin Suciu’s Thesis Online

Alin Suciu has successfully defended his dissertation – and I wish him heartfelt congratulations! He has kindly made the dissertation available on his blog. It is on the text often referred to as “The Gospel of the Savior” but which Alin emphasizes is not rightly placed in the Gospel genre. Hence the title of his [Read More…]

Win a Slightly Defective Jesus!

OK, so I left the word “pendant” out of the title. Steve Caruso is holding a giveaway on the Aramaic NT site. Click through to enter! [Read more…]

Just Kidding

This cartoon makes a serious point. Deciphering the nuances of ancient communication, in particular things like humor, is challenging.   [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…]