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James Davila: More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Project News

Professor James Davila, of the University of St Andrews, shared some recent news today, on his PaleoJudaica blog, regarding the monumental More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Project that he is directing, together with Professor Emeritus Richard Bauckham, and with Dr. Alexander Panayotov as co-editor.  In his words: I am very happy to announce that the first […]

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Dead Sea Scrolls News

Some recent news regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls via Jim Davila’s PaleoJudaica.com: BOOK REVIEW from the H-JUDAIC list: John Joseph Collins. Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2010. xii + 266 pp. Illustrations. $25.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8028-2887-3. Reviewed by Alex Jassen (University of […]

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“How Beautiful Upon the Mountains”: Some Thoughts on OT Lesson 39

Isaiah 50-53 In 1979, a biblical scholar named John Eaton published a work entitled Festal Drama in Deutero-Isaiah. Eaton, following the work of Ivan Engnell and others, saw in the “Servant Songs” and other themes of chapters 40-55, 60-62 of Isaiah allusions to the themes of the Ancient Israelite New Year Festival (which I’ve so […]

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Major Trends in Hekhalot Literature Research

MAJOR TRENDS IN HEKHALOT LITERATURE RESEARCH are summed up in an article by Shlomo Brody in Text and Texture: “The Aleinu Prayer and the Pardes Story: Major Trends in Hekhalot Literature Research” (Via James Davila at PaleoJudaica.com)

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On the Origins of the Alphabet

Another great post from Jim Davila at PaleoJudaica.com: ON THE ORIGINS OF THE ALPHABET: An interesting debate was started up in the March/April issue of BAR by Orly Goldwasser on whether the alphabet was invented in elite scribal circles or (her position) in a working-class environment. Anson Rainey and now Christopher Rollston have replied, taking the contrary view. […]

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2,000-Year-Old Cupid Found in Jerusalem Excavations

AN ANCIENT CUPID CAMEO has been excavated in Jerusalem: Israel archeologists uncover 2,000-year-old cupid in City of David dig Israel Antiquities Authority says added inlaid semi-precious stone is of the ‘Eros in mourning,’ one of a group of visual motifs linked with mourning practices. By Haaretz Service Tags: Israel news archeology Jerusalem Israeli archeologists unveiled a 2,000 […]

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BAR Article on How Errors Crept into the Bible

The following article is from Biblical Archaeology Review and was brought to my attention by Professor Jim Davila’s post at PaleoJudaica.com. The article addresses the significant issue of errors that have been found in the biblical text and how this affects the versions we read today.  The study is based on comparisons between the biblical texts found among the Dead […]

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Book Review: Canon and Canonicity. The Formation and Use of Scripture

Via PaleoJudaica.com BOOK REVIEW (BMCR): Einar Thomassen (ed.), Canon and Canonicity. The Formation and Use of Scripture. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010. Pp. 232. ISBN 9788763530279. $48.00.  Reviewed by David J. DeVore, University of California, Berkeley Table of Contents As editor Thomassen’s preface states (p. 7), the volume under review is the fruit of “Highways and […]

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