This year’s theme will be the ‘Rewritten Bible’and Sue’s paper is titled, ‘“Why So Much Talk?” Direct Speech as a Literary and Exegetical Device in Rewritten Bible‘. Those of you who heard Sue’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the Exagoge (it can still be viewed here: ‘Rewriting the Exodus‘) earlier this summer will appreciate how examining the way different biblical texts are appropriated and re-worked is helpful in building a clearer picture of the development of the biblical tradition within later historical and cultural landscapes.
A pdf programme of the day can be downloaded here.
The Centre has a number of upcoming events that we are very excited about. More details will be appearing over the coming weeks.
After Easter time we will have cause for a double celebration. Firstly, we will be welcoming back to the fold, Susan Docherty (Head of Theology and Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism here at Newman University). Sue has been working at Trinity College Glasgow since January following her award of the 2016 William Barclay Distinguished Research Fellowship in Biblical Studies. We will then also have a proper chance to formally celebrate her being conferred as professor when she gives her Inaugural Professorial Lecture in May. Continue reading →
When thinking about the world in which the Hebrew biblical texts were created we often look toward the great ‘superpowers’ that were amassed to the north of Israel; the empires of Assyria, Babylonia, Persia and then more latterly Greek and Roman. Quite often, we can overlook the enormous influence of the ‘superpower’ to the south; Egypt.
Israel was sandwiched between the power bases of two competing empires. It was precariously sited on a narrow and mountainous land bridge (with the Mediterranean sea to the west and arid deserts to the east) which were the main routes for trade and the mobilisation of the military. This meant that control of the Levant (the area in which Canaan/Israel was part) provided an important strategic and economic advantage. The histories of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah are played out against this tense backdrop.
Consequently, anyone wanting a clearer understanding of the historical, social and political context of the Bible would benefit from the huge amount of archaeological and textual research of Egypt. Ancient Egypt Magazine is a particularly accessible and helpful resource. It is published bimonthly and is written by academics and postgraduate students for a general-interest market.
I was perusing the latest issue and two items in their ‘News’ section struck me as being of interest some readers of this blog. Continue reading →
This is rather fun – The Nano Bible, the world’s tiniest Bible, is now on view at the Israel Museum. However, it can also tell us some interesting things about the use of the Bible past and present.
Measuring roughly the size of a grain of sugar, using powerful microscopes 1,200,000 Hebrew letters were engraved upon a piece of silicon coated with gold less than 100 atoms thick. It is being hailed as the world’s smallest Bible. The creators of the Nano Bible, Technion, In order to read the text, it is necessary to use a microscope capable of 10,000 times magnification or higher. Continue reading →
Talking to Voice of Israel’s Eve Harrow, Sue explains how the significance of this often overlooked collection of Jewish texts is so important to our understanding of Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity.
Peter Kirby (known to thousands through his Early Christian and Early Jewish Writings sites) has just posted a very interesting blog: The Myth of Nag Hammadi’s Carbon Dating.
Peter’s post is interesting for the subject matter in itself, but also in the way it highlights how ‘urban myths’ can become part of the accepted wisdom of a particular community. Unfortunately academics are no less prone to this than any other group.
Drawing upon evidence from a number of fora and blogs, Peter presents a powerful case study describing how the belief that the Nag Hammadi documents have been examined with C-14 radiometric dating has, for a number of people, become accepted ‘fact.’
Newman University is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for Masters Degree Studentships in 2015 and will be awarding thirteen £10,000 Studentships for new Masters Degree students.
The studentships will be run on a competitive basis to enhance recruitment of suitably qualified students to Newman’s taught postgraduate degrees. The studentships are aimed at student groups under represented on Masters degrees. Continue reading →
It has just been announced that Newman University is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for three fully-funded home/EU, full-time PhD studentships.The application deadline is 27 February, for an October 2015 start.Continue reading →