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Review on Beyond Sacred Violence

August 5, 2011

With all the chaos that summer teaching brings, I failed to note (or even notice!) that my review of Kathryn McClymond’s Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice has been published in the Summer issue of The Journal of Religion. Her methodology is the basis for my SBL 2011 paper Sacrificial Typology and Nazarite’s Burning Hair, which I will be presenting in the Ritual in the Biblical World section on 11/19 at 1pm.

Heap of Hittite Helps

July 30, 2011

A great Hittite resource—complete with access to Luwian Hieroglyph fonts! (Sorry for the German)

Hethitologie Portal Mainz

Ein Projekt der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (Kommission für den Alten Orient) und der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Lehrstuhl f. Altorientalistik) in Kooperation mit zahlreichen in- und ausländischen Partnern.




Day of Archaeology 2011

July 29, 2011

Today is the “Day of Archaeology 2011.” Four hundred archaeologists are blogging their research over at the blog of the same name. While the Levant and Anatolia are severely under-represented, I’d still encourage you to check it out.

A Misunderstanding of Genre…

July 10, 2011

One of my favourite adages is “A misunderstanding of genre leads to a misunderstanding of the text.” This can be seen in the following strip from Doonesbury:

A few years back I picked up the Society of Biblical Literature’s Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (edited by Mark Ronance). One of the teaching strategies suggested was to have students explain the seven days of creation while you (the prof) systematically sketch them on the board.

Obviously, the result of such an exercise is a cosmology vastly different from our own—a flat earth surrounded by water, held back by a dome upon which the sun, moon and stars are pinned. It’s only at this point that most of them are willing to entertain that what Genesis is doing is not science. I wonder if the sentiments portrayed in the comic above are part of the reason this acknowledgement is so difficult.

The Problems with Descriptive Linguistics

July 3, 2011

Comic courtesy of SMBC

The Latest Biblical Studies Carnival

July 2, 2011

Chris Brady (Targuman) has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Personally, I was off the grid for most of the month and find it more useful than ever to have this little summary of the month’s activity. The comic are a nice touch.

I hope to be updating this cite more in the upcoming month as I return to the academic and research routine. Lots of thoughts on Ugaritic to throw out there (hopefully).

iPad Research

May 26, 2011

On the heels of yesterday’s post on eBooks, I should mention Chris Brady’s excellent post on iPad use in research. I’ll quote the take away, but I encourage you to read the whole post:

I am an administrator as well as an academic, but the former takes precedence over the latter and includes a LOT of travel. This year, thanks to the iPad and Sente, I have been able to read dozens of articles, annotate them, and collaborate with my research assistant. The result is that as I move into the summer when I will finally be able to actually do some writing and real research, I have a running start. For me, that makes all the difference in the work.