Scholars serving the public: How do we do it the right way?

Some thoughts on writing as a scholar for the public. This piece by David Leonard in Vitae is spot on: public writing is another form of teaching. I imagine I’m not the only one amongst scholars of religion who have experienced what Leonard mentions and have felt some need to justify the desire to write something that is not a […]

Nicholas de Lange Festschrift: More Greek Jewish Studies

A hearty congrats to editors Jim Aitken and James Carleton Paget, but most especially to Nicholas de Lange, the recipient of this fine, not-overpriced Festschrift. Some may be surprised to see who is at the top of the Table of Contents, but Nicholas de Lange has been Amos Oz’s translator for many years and so […]

Visiting Fellowships in Oxford: Israel in Egypt / Egypt in Israel: An investigation of the land of Egypt as concept and reality for Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period

Now official, this looks to be an exciting programme for 2016, so please consider applying for visiting fellowships! Visiting Fellowships available either one term (minimum 8 weeks) or two terms (6 months), so Jan-March, or April-June, or Jan-June, in accordance with Oxford term times. See info below and contact the organizers whose addresses are listed at […]

Writers Need Tough Friends

If you are one of my close friends, you know how often I complain about how pathetic I feel as a writer. Research, expanding knowledge, and developing new insights are one thing but knowing how to articulate them in a clear — let alone, beautiful — prose is a completely different beast. I’ve always struggled with […]

Rotel-but-Real Cheese Dip

  Rotel-but-Real It’s so easy make Rotel tomatoes there’s no reason to buy them in a can. I’m not going to go all quasi-scientific on you about the dangers of eating out of cans, but it should be common sense that eating as fresh as possible tastes better. This is ridiculously easy, and you make this first […]

There are no individual statements

Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 42 There are no individual statements, there never are. Every statement is the product of a machinic assemblage, in other words, of collective agents of enunciation (take “collective agents” to mean not peoples or societies but multiplicities.) The proper name (nom propre) does not designate an individual: it is on […]

The Septuagint Sessions #10 – Alison Salvesen on Isaiah at the Göttingen Summer School

In this interview with Alison Salvesen of the University of Oxford, we discuss the topic of her Göttingen Septuagint Summer School: Isaiah in Jewish and Christian Tradition. She talks about some of the current issues in the study of the Septuagint Isaiah, how the Septuagint is another interpretive tradition alongside the Hebrew Isaiah but one […]

The Septuagint Sessions #9 – Francis Borchardt on 2 Maccabees 2:13-15

This podcast is part 2 of an interview with Francis Borchardt [Listen to part 1 here]. We discuss the usefulness of 2 Maccabees 2:13-15 in discussions on the formation of the canon, and he offers 5 proofs for why this passage cannot be used as evidence for an emerging canon in the second century BCE. 2 Maccabees 2:13-15 13 ἐξηγοῦντο δὲ […]

The Septuagint Sessions #8 – Francis Borchardt on the Prologue to Sirach and the Tripartite Canon

In this podcast, Francis Borchardt of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong joins us to talk about the Prologue to Sirach and the question of the emerging Hebrew Bible canon. Since the writer of the Prologue — assumed to be Ben Sira’s grandson and the translator of the Greek version of Ben Sira — […]

The Septuagint Sessions #7 [AUDIO VERSION] – Benjamin G. Wright on Translation Theory and the Interlinear Paradigm for Septuagint Studies

[This podcast first appeared in video and can be viewed here.] In this podcast, Professor Benjamin Wright joins us from Lehigh University to talk about translation theory and the Interlinear Paradigm for Septuagint Studies. He is the University Distinguished Professor in Religion Studies, Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity, the co-editor of the New English Translation of the […]