Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society Meeting 2017

I made a pilgrimage to Medina yesterday – Medina, Ohio, that is, although I actually turned right at the intersection and so went to Akron rather than Medina. Akron is the location of this year’s Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society meeting. Under the auspices of that regional SBL meeting, E. Bruce Brooks’ Alpha Christianity group meets. They [Read More…]

Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity #AARSBL17 Call for Papers

Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Unit Statement of Purpose: This program unit focused on Late Antiquity in the East aims to provide a home for the study of religious traditions that are rooted in Mesopotamia, Persia, and western Asia, particularly those parts that were outside the Roman cultural reach such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Mandaeism. [Read More…]

The Mandaean Book of John: Table of Contents

The entire draft of the English translation of the Mandaean Book of John is still not available online. But I thought I would nevertheless provide a table of contents linking to the chapters that are there, for those who may be interested in perusing them. The Mandaean Book of John 00. Dedication 01. Truth’s Questions [Read More…]

A Paulish Mistake in the Mandaean Book of John?

Charles Häberl has started blogging again recently, about the Mandaean Book of John and related texts, in a series of truly fascinating blog posts. I’d like to highlight a few of them here. The one that got me most excited is the one which makes sense of lines in the Mandaean Book of John which Mark [Read More…]

Historical References in Mandaean Sources

Charles Häberl has written a blog post (and a follow-up, and then another which brings an eclipse into the picture) about the historical references in a section of the Ginza Rba which ought to be considered a Mandaean Chronicle. There is also a lecture he gave, “From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What Can Mandaean Geographies Tell [Read More…]

Meeting Mandaeans at #AARSBL16

I am so grateful to Jorunn Buckley for organizing a meeting between scholars who work on the Mandaean religion, and two representatives of the Mandaean community here in San Antonio. We had fascinating conversations about the challenges their scattered small communities face, and explored practical ways that scholars might be able to support them. [Read more…]

A Life in Mandaean Studies

The Ancient Jew Review has a feature on Jorunn Buckley, who is quite literally the only scholar whose primary area of focus throughout her career has been the Mandaeans. Others of us also work in that area, but as one among numerous others. For Buckley, other areas are the things she has dabbled and branched out [Read More…]

Mandaean Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio

Charles Haberl kindly provided these details in response to my question about a Mandaean-owned restaurant in San Antonio: The restaurant you’re looking for is (appropriately enough) called El Rio. It’s at 1361 S Main St #600, Boerne, TX 78006, United States. It’s a half hour drive from the Convention Center, and so I don’t know whether [Read More…]

A Mandaean Song from San Antonio

It is amazing the things you find when your interests intersect in unusual ways. The American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting is in San Antonio this year, and that also happens to be the city with the largest Mandaean population in the United States. I was told that there is at [Read More…]

John the Baptist (not) in the Apostolic Fathers

Brian Le Port decided to take a look and see what the Apostolic Fathers have to say about John the Baptist. He discovered that it is next to nothing. That is very interesting, don’t you think? Any thoughts on why that might be the case? I have an idea for a book about John the Baptist, [Read More…]