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Exhibition of Roman emperor's coins at Israel Museum
NUMISMATICS: Coins of the Realm: Heads (And Tails) of the Roman Empire on Display at Israel Museum. Roman emperors shown as they really looked – while their slogans could be taken from today’s headlines (Nir Hasson, Haaretz). This coin [of the idiosyncratic...

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T. Asher: Don't be evil.
READING ACTS: Testament of Asher . This Testament is particularly interested in the "two ways" ethical framework. Earlier posts in Phil Long's blog series on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha are noted here and links. He has been posting recently on the Gree...

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Burrus on Jewish sarcophagi
ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Dissertation Spotlight | Sean P. Burrus . Sean P. Burrus, Remembering the Righteous: Sarcophagus Sculpture and Jewish Identities in the Roman World (Duke University, 2017). ... In Remembering the Righteous: Sarcophagus Sculpture and Jewi...

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Graduation 2017
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017! This week is full of graduation ceremonies at the University of St Andrews. Many PhD students in the School of Divinity graduated. Well done! So did many undergraduates. Among them are a number of Semitic philologists w...

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Bible Cat revisited
REMNANT OF GIANTS: Biblical Cats Again . With reference to my post On cat domestication yesterday, Deane Galbraith reminds us that he once argued that the lilith-creature in Isaian 34:14 could be a cat. I see that I noted that pos t back in December of 2015...

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Inheritance, terumah, and the transgendered in the Talmud
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET : How a Cucumber Decides Whether a Son Inherits Over a Donkey. With surprising analogous thinking, ancient Talmudic sages tackled very modern questions—by accident or foresight, depending on how liberal y...

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T. Gad
READING ACTS: Testament of Gad . I have noted previous posts in Phil Long's blog series on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha here and links. The series has recently focused on the Greek Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. Cross-file under Old Testament Pseu...

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On cat domestication
ARCHAEOLOGY MAGAZINE: DNA Study Reveals Tale of Cat Domestication . Most house cats alive today descend from cats that can be traced back to Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. I think it is interesting that Israel is on t...

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The Forging Antiquity Project
EVANGELICAL TEXTUAL CRITICISM BLOG: Forging Antiquity Website and Blog (Tommy Wasserman). With information on the Macquarie University/Heidelberg University project. I have already noted the Markers of Authenticity Blog back at the end of 2016. Also, the po...

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T. Naphtali
READING ACTS: Testament of Naphtali (Phil Long). As I have mentioned before , there is a medieval Hebrew version of the Greek Testament of Naphtali which perhaps shares a Jewish Second-Temple-era source with the Greek text. In the second volume of Old Testa...
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