Random Churches of Rome 2: Church of the Gesù

One church that I happened to walk past in Rome and so entered was the Church of the Gesù. I didn’t know at the time that it was connected with the founding of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits. What I did recognize immediately was that it contained some great works of art. There was a [Read More…]

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Random Churches of Rome 1: Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater

Some of the most delightful moments in my exploring Rome this summer were unscripted moments when I happened to be passing a church and decided to enter. Sometimes I found incredible works of art. Once I found a performance going on of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, in the Sant’Andrea della Valle church in Piazza Vidoni. Having come in [Read More…]

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Eating in Rome: Il Falchetto

Before traveling to Italy for the first time this summer, I sought recommendations about places to visit and even more so places to eat in Rome. The one specific restaurant that a colleague recommended was Il Falchetto. Its location is such that you probably wouldn’t just happen across it. And that is a good thing, [Read More…]

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Jewish Rome (l’ospitalità è sacra)

I’m going to be sharing photos from my recent travels, and unlike the hasty bulk uploads to Facebook which some of you may have seen, here I will be commenting on and explaining them. Rather than make one post that might take a while to load because of the number of images, I will be [Read More…]

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Rome in a Day, Part 1: An Overarching Arc of Arches and Archaeology

I am in Italy for the first time, and will be heading to Camaldoli today by way of Arezzo to attend the Enoch Seminar on John’s Christology and/as Jewish Messianism. Jim Davila mentioned that the last time he was there the wifi was “primitive,” and so liveblogging the conference may not be possible. Yesterday I [Read More…]

Recreation of Rome in the Era of Constantine

Thanks to the Khan Academy for making the above video, and George Athas for sharing it. This is a recreation of what Rome looked like in the era of Constantine. I hope you enjoy your virtual visit to the ancient world! [Read more…]

The Eight MOOCs of Hanukkah

A timely MOOC was drawn to my attention – Yale University is offering one that relates to the depiction of the Jewish menorah on the Arch of Titus, and so may be worth looking into – or perhaps rebelling against – in this Hanukkah season. Or maybe just plan to take it for one day, and discover [Read More…]

Maps for Teaching Paul

The site “Vox” shared a set of “40 Maps that Explain the Roman Empire.” A number of them are interesting for those who teach Biblical studies. Since I am teaching a class on Paul and the early church this semester, a couple seemed particularly relevant. For instance, this one seems like it might help students in [Read More…]

Tour Ancient Rome

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Phil Harland’s Associations

Phil Harland asked me to share (and AWOL also drew attention to) the book and other online resources about the ancient world that are available via his website. He writes: Book info: Philip A. Harland. Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society.  Second revised edition with links to inscriptions.  Kitchener, Ontario: [Read More…]


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