Happy New Year, Mandaeans!

I am grateful to Jim Davila for reminding me that the Mandaean new year has just begun. Iran Front Page has a wonderful selection of photos of a ceremony marking the event. [Read more…]

The Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary

I was delighted to see the following in the latest De Gruyter catalog: I have no idea why it is in the “church history” section of the catalog. But it is good that this project is so close to being wrapped up and completed that the publisher has begun spreading the word about what I am [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Historical References in Mandaean Sources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Häberl has written a blog post (and a follow-up, and then another which brings an eclipse into the picture) about the historical references in a section of the Ginza Rba which ought to be considered a Mandaean Chronicle.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…]

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…]

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…]

Exploring the Matrix and the Mandaeans

The second half of my Talk Gnosis interview is now available as a podcast (and the video is available to subscribers, who will get to see me put on my Fourth Doctor scarf at the end of the discussion, when the conversation turns from the Mandaeans to classic Doctor Who. Click through to have a listen, on [Read More…]