Aperture speciali delle catacombe di Roma nel mese di dicembre 2016

Sabato 3 dicembre 2016 alle ore 15:30
Catacombe di Generosa (Magliana-Roma)
L'appuntamento è presso l'area archeologica alla fine di via delle Catacombe di Generosa.
La partecipazione alle visite è gratuita e non necessita di prenotazione.
Per ogni ulteriore informazione: 349 7930661.  Sito: http://www.comitatocatacombedigenerosa.it/dblog/

Domenica 04 Dicembre 2016
La Catacomba ebraica di Vigna Randanini (via Appia Pignatelli - Roma)
http://www.sotterraneidiroma.it/ac3-sdr-tours

Domenica 11 dicembre 2016 alle 9,45
Catacombe ebraiche di Vigna Randanini (via Appia Pignatelli - Roma)
Responsabile: Alessandro Locchi
Luogo incontro: Via Appia Antica, 119
Costo: € 6,00
Contatti: GRUPPO ARCHEOLOGICO ROMANO O.n.l.u.s.
Segreteria (lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, venerdì, 16-20) Via Contessa di Bertinoro, 6 00162 Roma
Tel. (+39) 06 63 85 256 Fax (+39) 02 70 04 40 437
www.gruppoarcheologico.it; info@gruppoarcheologico.it.

Domenica 11 dicembre 2016 alle ore 11 e 12
Sepolcro degli Scipioni (Via di Porta S. Sebastiano 9, Roma)
Costo della visita 15.00 €.  Per questa visita la prenotazione deve essere effettuata contattando il 3205560439 per comunicare l'orario scelto.
http://www.romasotterranea.it/visite/1247/949/sepolcro-degli-scipioni--eroi-della-repubblica-romana-apertura-speciale-.html

17 dicembre 2016 alle ore 14:45
Catacombe di Pretestato (via Appia Pignatelli, 11 - Roma)
Costo: Quota per i Soci 20,00 € (comprensivo di prenotazione, apertura riservata e auricolare) Quota per i non Soci 24,00 € (comprensivo di prenotazione, apertura riservata, auricolare e Tessera associativa 2016 valida anche per il 2017)
http://www.miramuseo.com/2016/11/19/catacombe-pretestato-permesso-speciale-della-pontificia-commissione-archeologia-sacra0/

 

Happy New (Liturgical) Year! Advent 2016

Wishing many of our Christian friends and colleagues a joyous and hopeful Advent season in 2016! A quote of Pope Benedict XVI for the occasion: "The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.  It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."  (Seek That Which Is Above,1986)

Special Viewing of New Finds in the Rabat Catacombs (Malta) on Sunday, November 27, 2016

Excavations in course in the vicinity of St. Agatha's School in Rabat on the Island of Malta, not far from the catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha, have brought to light the tombs of adults and children, a number of which are intact.  

Malta's Superintendent has scheduled an Open Day for the public to view these finds on Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

For information, visit this link.

Job Alert: Research Fellowships at the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies (Australian Catholic University)

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is seeking both postdoctoral and early career researchers and more established researchers to contribute to the collaborative research of the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Researchers will pursue their own research and contribute to a major five-year project, ‘Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity’. This international project, led by Prof. Lewis Ayres (ACU/Durham) and four others from ACU, Durham, and Notre Dame, investigates 'modes of knowing' constructed by Greek, Latin, and Syriac Christians c.100-700 CE. A particular focus is the manner in which developing Christian thought was shaped by classical intellectual discourses (such as grammar, philosophy, rhetoric, and medicine), institutions, social practices, and material culture.

This project builds on research across the Centre in areas such as the social and cultural history of early Christianity, the cultural and intellectual transformation of Classical antiquity, strategies of Christian identity formation, and intersections between Christianity and ancient philosophy, rhetoric, medicine, and education.

Within the 'Modes of Knowing' project, we envisage individual projects that will relate early Christian modes of knowing to at least one of: a) contemporary philosophical, medical, and rhetorical discourses; b) social practices of early Christianity and late antiquity (e.g. asceticism, pilgrimage, liturgies); c) imperial and institutional power structures; or d) the material world of early Christianity and late antiquity (e.g. relics, sacred texts). Researchers will also have opportunities to pursue individual and collaborative research beyond the Modes of Knowing project.

We encourage all qualified researchers to apply, and particularly welcome applications from women and minority groups currently underrepresented in ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. For further information, and to apply, please visit link.

Australian Catholic University | Level 4, 250 Victoria Pde, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Visite alle Catacombe di Montestallone a Formello: 20-27 november 2016

(VignaClaraBlog) Domenica 20 e domenica 27 novembre a partire dalle ore 11 sarà di nuovo possibile visitare la Catacomba di Monte Stallone, monumento sepolcrale cristiano, datato intorno al IV-V secolo d.C. e ricavato all’interno di una collina (il cosiddetto Monte Stallone) circa un chilometro a sud del Borgo Storico di Formello. Per informazioni, costi e prenotazioni tel. 06.90194236 – 338.7080280

Catacomba di Monte Stallone
Scoperto negli anni ’60 dalle ricognizioni della British School at Rome, solo dal 2006 l’ipogeo è stato oggetto di studi sistematici, rilievi e restauri curati e finanziati dalla Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, sotto la direzione scientifica del Prof. Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai (Ispettore delle Catacombe del Lazio).

La catacomba è composta da cinque brevi gallerie e da un cubicolo ed è occupata prevalentemente da tombe a loculo. Dai reperti ritrovati e dalla semplicità dei corredi funerari, serviva molto probabilmente una comunità rurale abbastanza numerosa e di condizione modesta. Chiari simboli di significato cristiano non lasciano inoltre dubbi sull’utilizzo della catacomba da parte di una comunità cristiana, il monumento costituisce attualmente l’unica testimonianza della diffusione del cristianesimo a Formello in epoca tardo antica.

Catacomb of Monte Stallone at Formello
Museo dell’Agro Veientano di Formello
Via della Villa, 101 - 00060 Formello
(T) 06.90194240-239
email: museo@comune.formello.rm.it
http://www.comune.formello.rm.it/pagina2921_catacomba-di-monte-stallonehm.html

Site of Flavian Triumphal Arch in Circus Maximus in Rome Opens November 17, 2016

Not even a month after Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of ballista and sling stones from the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE (link), the other side of the coin - on the other side of the Mediterranean - also will be newly exposed, with the archaeological area of the Circus Maximus racetrack in Rome open to the public from November 17, 2016.  On this site, in the hemicycle of the circus, close to the modern traffic intersection of Piazza di Porta Capena, the SPQR dedicated a triumphal arch to the recently deceased Roman emperor Titus in 81 CE in memory of his military campaign against the Jews in Judaea and capture of Jerusalem a little over decade before.  Recent work on the ancient and medieval walls in the circus stands have exposed pieces of the foundation of Titus' triple arch (a second monument, not the one in the Roman Forum), as well as pieces of revetment in white marble that might have been applied to its facade.  While little remains of the arch's decorative features, what is certain is that it displayed a Latin inscription (CIL 6.944), now lost, but recorded in a Medieval text, remembering Titus as pulling off the impossible - conquering Judea and its people, a feat which all the generals and kings before him had not succeeded in doing or had not even tried to attempt: "Senatus populusque Romanus imp(eratori) Tito Ceasari divi Vespasiani f(ilio) Vespasiani Augusto pontif(ici) max(imo), trib(unicia) pot(estate) x, imp(eratori) XVII, [c]o(n)s(uli) VIII, p(atri) p(atriae), principi suo, quod praeceptis patri(is) consiliisq(ue) et auspiciis gentem Iudaeorum domuit et urbem Hierusolymam, omnibus ante se ducibus regibus gentibus aut frustra petitam aut omnino intem(p)tatam, delevit." A virtual reconstruction of the triple arch made by the Università di Roma 3 will be on exhibit in the site.  For more information on the site and visiting hours, contact project coordinator: Zetema Progetto Cultura.

Schedule from November 17-December 11, 2016: Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (final entry at 3 p.m.)
From December 12 on, the site is open weekends.  To visit at other times, call to reserve at 060608 (phone line operated between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.).
Ticket price: 4€

In Good Company: 2016 SBL/AAR Conference with ICS Directors, Advisors, and Members

International Catacomb Society directors, advisors, and current members are presenting at and moderating many sessions of the 2016 SBL/AAR Conference.  Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, this event will be held November 19-22, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. The 2016 conference program is online:  https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx,  Below are individual sessions that feature scholars with current ICS connections.  An impressive lineup not to be missed!

P19-335
National Association of Professors of Hebrew
11/19/2016 - from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 217B (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Reading the New Testament as Second Temple Jewish Literature
Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, Presiding
Eran Shuali, Université de Strasbourg: “God, I thank you that I am not like other people ? robbers, evildoers, adulterers” (Luke 18:11): A Comparison of the Pharisee’s prayer with a Parallel from the Tosefta (30 min)
Jeffrey Paul Garcia, Nyack College: All Your Righteousness: The Gospels’ Witness to the Developing Importance of Charity in Ancient Jewish Halakha (30 min)
Alexandria Frisch, Ursinus College: The Deaths of Judas: A Literary “Harmonization” between the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible and Post-Biblical Literature (30 min)
R. Steven Notley, Nyack College: The Gospel of Luke as a Witness to Jewish Life and Faith in the Second Commonwealth (30 min)
Matthew Goldstone, New York University, Respondent (10 min)
Brian Schultz, Fresno Pacific University, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (10 min)

S19-221
Historical Jesus
11/19/2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Stars at Night 1 (3rd Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Parables and the Historical Jesus: The State of the Question
Recent years have seen a number of published studies and ongoing research projects on Jesus' parables. This session brings together leading parables scholars to discuss the state of the question.
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, Presiding (10 min)
John Crossan, DePaul University, Panelist (15 min)
John Meier, University of Notre Dame, Panelist (15 min)
Klyne Snodgrass, North Park Theological Seminary, Panelist (15 min)
Annette Merz, Protestantse Theologische Universiteit, Panelist (15 min)
R. Steven Notley, Nyack College, Panelist (15 min)
Ruben Zimmermann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Panelist (15 min)
Break (5 min)
Discussion (45 min)

S21-304
Art and Religions of Antiquity
11/21/2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Republic C (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Art and Destruction
Vasiliki Limberis, Temple University, Presiding
Robin M. Jensen, University of Notre Dame: Christian Destruction of Statues of the Gods in Roman North Africa (30 min)
Douglas Boin, Saint Louis University: The Destruction of the Serapeum in Alexandria: Culture Clash or Collator in a Christian Proxy War? (30 min)
Jennifer Udell, Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art: A State of Destruction: Responses to ISIS and the Cultural Heritage Crisis in the Middle East (30 min)
Allison Cuneo, Boston University: Tracking Heritage Loss in the Midst of Armed Conflict: The ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives (30 min)
Arthur Urbano, Providence College (Rhode Island): Dismantling the Philosophers and Fashioning the Saints: The Rhetorical Deconstruction of Intellectual Authority and the Philosophical Heritage of Early Christian Iconography (30 min)

S19-340
Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity
11/19/2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Conference Room 6 (3rd Level) - Marriott Rivercenter (MRC)
Theme: Peter Lampe, From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries (Fortress Press, 2003)
James Harrison, Sydney College of Divinity, Presiding
John Kloppenborg, University of Toronto, Panelist (30 min)
Jutta Dresken-Weiland, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Panelist (30 min)
Mark Reasoner, Marian University (Indianapolis), Panelist (30 min)
Peter Lampe, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Respondent (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

S20-107
Art and Religions of Antiquity
11/20/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Republica C (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Art and Religion of Syria and the Late Roman Empire
Lee Jefferson, Centre College, Presiding
Nicolas Bossu, Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum: The Dry Bones Prophecy (Ezk. 37:1-14) in Jewish Antiquity: Confrontation Between Ancient Literature and the Fresco in the Dura-Europos Synagogue (30 min)
Sean V. Leatherbury, Bowling Green State University: From Wall to Floor: Christian Mosaics of “Biblical” Scenes in Late Antique Syria (30 min)
Sarah Madole, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY): Beyond the Mithraic Mysteries: Rereading the “X” of the Ludovisi Sarcophagus (30 min)
Catherine C. Taylor, Brigham Young University: Allegorical Conflation in the Mosaic of Euteknia, Philosophia, and Dikaiosyne from Shahba, Syria (30 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)

S20-207a
Christian Apocrypha
11/20/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Crockett D (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Apocryphal Acts: New Texts and Approaches
Tony Burke, York University, Presiding
Michael Flexsenhar III, Rhodes College: Creating a Christian World: Martyrdom, Memory, and ‘Caesar’s Household’ in the Apocryphal Acts (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Valentina Calzolari, University of Geneva: The Armenian Acts of Paul and Thecla (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Ivan Miroshnikov, Helsingin Yliopisto - Helsingfors Universitet: Towards a New Edition of the Coptic Acts of Andrew and Philemon (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Break (5 min)
Jonathan Henry, Princeton University: Thomas in Transmission: Some Noteworthy Witnesses to the Acts and Passion of Thomas (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Sung Soo Hong, The University of Texas at Austin: “The Word of the Father Shall Be to Them a Work of Salvation”: Thinking with the Chaste Body of Thecla (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Business Meeting (20 min)

S19-310
Christian Apocrypha
11/19/2016
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 214C (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Helmut Koester: In Memory of His Contributions to the Study of Christian Apocrypha
A panel in memory of Helmut Koester, one of the most influential scholars of the Christian Apocrypha in North America, assessing his ongoing legacy for this field.
Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding (5 min)
Melissa Harl Sellew, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Panelist (15 min)
Christine Thomas, University of California-Santa Barbara, Panelist (15 min)
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Humboldt University of Berlin, Panelist (15 min)
Break (10 min)
Stephen Patterson, Willamette University, Panelist (15 min)
Ann Graham Brock, Iliff School of Theology, Panelist (15 min)
Cavan Concannon, University of Southern California, Panelist (15 min)
Robyn Walsh, University of Miami, Panelist (15 min)
Discussion (30 min)

S21-216
Early Jewish Christian Relations
11/21/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Conference Room 4 (3rd Level) - Marriott Rivercenter (MRC)
Theme: Borders
Ari Finkelstein, University of Cincinnati, Presiding
Jonathan Klawans, Boston University: The Pseudo-Jewishness of Pseudo-Phocylides (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Emanuel Fiano, Fordham University: A Communion of Genius: Ecclesiology and Intellectual Practices as Loci for the Parting of Christianity and Judaism in Late Antiquity (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Deborah Forger, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Jewish-Christian Relations in Fourth Century Roman Syria/Palestine: Could the Oral, rather than Written Remembrance of Jesus’s Words in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies underscore the Author-Editors con (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Shaye J.D, Cohen, Harvard University: The Discourses against the Jews of John Chrysostom and the "Parting of the Ways" (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)

S21-327
Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World; Inventing Christianity: Apostolic Fathers, Apologists, and Martyrs
Joint Session With: Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World, Inventing Christianity: Apostolic Fathers, Apologists, and Martyrs
11/21/2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 304B (3rd Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Early Christian Rome and its Material Culture
David Eastman, Ohio Wesleyan University, Presiding
Nicola Denzey Lewis, Brown University: Inventing Judaism: Rethinking Rome's Jewish Catacombs in light of Early Modern Christianity (30 min)
Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Inner-city Burials in Early Christian Rome and the Funerals of the Roman Forum (30 min)
Felicity Harley-McGowan, Yale University: Horsing Around: The Palatine Crucifixion Graffito and Its Roman Audience (30 min)
David DeVore, Ball State University: An Ambassador for the Divine Logos in a Philosopher’s Garb: Emperors’ Self-Fashioning and Christian Philosophy in Second-Century Rome (30 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)

S21-311
Contextualizing North African Christianity
11/21/2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Travis A (3rd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Exploring the Meaning of Punic Identity in Roman Africa
David Wilhite, Baylor University, Presiding
Matthew McCarty, University of British Columbia: The Continuities and Discontinuities of Punic Cults in Roman Africa (30 min)
Nathan Pilkington, Cornell University: Women in Carthaginian Religion (30 min)
David Riggs, Indiana Wesleyan University: Contending for Divine Favor: the Shared Religious Milieu of Rome and Punic Carthage (30 min)
James Rives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: A Response: Assessing Punic Identity and Its Possible Ramifications for African Christianity (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

S19-236
Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship
11/19/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Alamo B (2nd Level) - Marriott Riverwalk (MRW)
Theme: Alternative Realities: Other Worlds of Method
James Linville, University of Lethbridge, Presiding: Rodrigo de Sousa, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Reading and the Invention of the Text: Lessons from Jorge Luis Borges (30 min)
Judith Stack-Nelson, Hamline University: The Tyranny of Subtexts: Master Metaphors of Interpretive Accessibility in Biblical Studies and the Possibility of Exploring a Surface (30 min)
William "Chip" Gruen, Muhlenberg College: Comparative Textual Criticism and the Problem of Internal Evidence (30 min)
Seth Heringer, Azusa Pacific University: Biblical Studies without Historical Questions – What Then? (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

S21-344
Religious Competition in Late Antiquity
11/21/2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 210B (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)
Gregg Gardner, University of British Columbia, Presiding (5 min)
Callie Callon, Queen's University: The Use of Physiognomy as Rhetorical Strategy in Fourth Century Religious Competition (20 min)
John Mandsager, University of South Carolina - Columbia: The Roman Villa as a Model for Rabbinic Competition for Space in the Judean Hills (20 min)
Lennart Lehmhaus, Freie Universität Berlin: Competing for Bodies of Knowledge: Medical Expertise between Rabbis and Others in Late Antiquity (20 min)
Jordan Rosenblum, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bodies, Space, and Religious Competition in Late Antiquity (10 min)
Karl Shuve, University of Virginia: Episcopal Authority, Jewish Sacramenta, and the Specter of Cyprian: Augustine on Lying (20 min)
Kathleen Gibbons, Washington University: Reconsidering the Cliché of Determinism in Early Christian Heresiology (20 min)
Diane Fruchtman, DePauw University, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S19-245
Religious Competition in Late Antiquity
11/19/2016
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 216 (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Competitive Giving
Ilaria Ramelli, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Presiding (5 min)
Krista Dalton, Columbia University in the City of New York: Teaching for the Tithe: Patronage and Gender in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature (25 min)
Margaret M. Mitchell, University of Chicago: “Don’t Consider My Continual Mention of This Topic a Cause for Censure!” Rhetoric and Economic Reality in John Chrysostom’s Appeals for Almsgiving (25 min)
Gregg Gardner, University of British Columbia: Wealth and Competitive Giving in Rabbinic Judaism (10 min)
David J. Downs, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena): Almsgiving and Competing Soteriologies in Second Century Christianity (25 min)
Paul A. Brazinski, Catholic University of America: Auditing the early medieval Papacy: Gregory the Great's gift giving in his registrum epistolarum (25 min)
Daniel Ullucci, Rhodes College: Asset Allocation Models for Salvation (10 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S22-141
Religious Competition in Late Antiquity
11/22/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 214B (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)
Debra Ballentine, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Presiding (5 min)
Ari Finkelstein, University of Cincinnati: The Manipulation of Jewish Competitive Giving in Emperor Julian’s re-Judaization of Jerusalem and the Making of a Hellenic Empire in the mid-fourth century (20 min)
Sean Daly, Florida State University: Julian in the Middle: Julian's Imperial Reorganization and the Hymn to King Helios (20 min)
Rebecca Falcasantos, Providence College (Rhode Island): Julian and the Revitalization of Imperial Religion (10 min)
Catherine E. Bonesho, University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Polemics of Purim: Mythmaking in Theodosian Code 16:8:18 (20 min)
T. W. Dilbeck, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion: Spiritus Intus: Aen. 6.724ff in Christian and Pagan Sources (20 min)
Hugo Mendez, Yale University: Weaponizing Stephen: Caricature and Competition in the Revelation Sancti Stephani (20 min)
Nathaniel Desrosiers, Stonehill College, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S21-226
Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism
11/21/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Crockett D (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Petri Luomanen, University of Helsinki, Presiding (5 min)
Identity in Late Antique Syria: “Jewish-Christians,” Theurgists, and Prophets
Karen B. Stern, Brooklyn College (CUNY): Communicating with God(s) in Syrian Dura Europos (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Azzan Yadin-Israel, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Sacrifice and Divine Personhood: Rabbinic and Neoplatonic Perspectives (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
Jae Han, University of Pennsylvania: Constructions of Prophecy and Prophethood in Late Antique Syria: Iamblichus' De Mysteriis and the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Timothy B. Sailors, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen: The Portrayal and Religious Significance of the Baptism of Jesus in the Pseudo-Clementine Romance (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
Business Meeting (15 min)

S20-305
Art and Religions of Antiquity
11/20/2016
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 221C (2nd Level - East) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Review Session: Michael Peppard, The World's Oldest Church: Bible, Art and Ritual at Dura Europos, Syria (Yale University Press)
Felicity Harley-McGowan, Yale University, Presiding
Joan Branham, Providence College (Rhode Island), Panelist (25 min)
Stephen Davis, Yale University, Presiding (25 min)
Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, Marquette University, Panelist (25 min)
Paul Bradshaw, University of Notre Dame, Panelist (25 min)
Michael Peppard, Fordham University, Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)

P21-155
The Qur’an and Late Antiquity (IQSA); Religious Competition in Late Antiquity
Joint Session With: The Qur’an and Late Antiquity (IQSA), Religious Competition in Late Antiquity
11/21/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Grand A (3rd Level) - Marriott Rivercenter (MRC)
Theme: Violence and Belief Beyond the Qur'anic Milieu
This is the second of two panels commemorating the work of Thomas Sizgorich; the first was held at the 2016 IQSA Annual Meeting.
Lily Vuong, Central Washington University, Presiding
Ra'anan Boustan, University of California-Los Angeles and Karen Britt, Independent Scholar: Blood on the Floor: Representations of Violence and Communal Self-fashioning in the Synagogue Mosaics at Huqoq (30 min)
Adam Gaiser, Florida State University: Kharijite Militancy from a Late Antique Perspective (20 min)
Nathan S. French, Miami University: ‘Our Monasticism is Jihad’: On Pursuing the Numinous in Borderlands Classical and Jihadi-Salafi (20 min)

Religious Experience in Antiquity
11/20/2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 209 (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: 10 Year Commemorative Session
This session commemorates ten years of the Religious Experience in Antiquity Section at the SBL.
John Levison, Southern Methodist University, Presiding (5 min)
Colleen Shantz, Toronto School of Theology: Curiouser and Curiouser: Developments in Understandings of Embodiment and Contexts in Religious Experience (25 min)
Rodney A. Werline, Barton College: Reflections and Reliance on Ritual Theory and Its Applications to 1 Enoch (25 min)
Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry: Prayers in the Second Temple Period: Looking Back and Looking Forward (25 min)
Frances Flannery, James Madison University: Amulets, Materiality, and Religious Experience: Looking Backward at Religious Experience in the SBL, Looking Forward (25 min)
Discussion (45 min)

S21-203
Archaeology of the Biblical World
11/21/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Republica C (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Archaeology, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity
Byron McCane, Wofford College, Presiding
Dennis Mizzi, University of Malta, Matthew Grey, Brigham Young University and Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The 2015-2016 Excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee (30 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Courtney J. Innes, University of British Columbia: Funerary Textiles Shrouded in Questions: Jewish Burials Shrouds of First-Century Jerusalem (30 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Mark Wilson, Asia Minor Research Center: Paul’s Travel on Roman Roads in Acts: What’s Naismith Got to Do with It? (30 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Jaimie Gunderson, University of Texas at Austin: Jonah’s Lover: The Erotics of the Jonah Typology on Christian Sarcophagi (30 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Business Meeting (10 min)

S21-246
Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World; Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity
Joint Session With: Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity
11/21/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: Travis A (3rd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Speech, Space, and Place in Antiquity
The Speech and Talk and Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity Program Units are hosting a joint session exploring the confluences of speech, space, and gender.
Timothy Milinovich, Dominican University, Presiding (5 min)
Sigrid Kjaer, University of Texas at Austin: Speaking Yet Silent: Eunuchs as Messengers in the Book of Esther (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Dana Robinson, St. Mary's Seminary: Men in the Dining Room, Women in the Kitchen? Gender and Food Preparation in Antiquity (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Susan E. Hylen, Emory University: Mapping the Terrain of Virtuous Speech (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Anna C. Miller, Xavier University: Women in the “Household of God”: Democratic Discourse and the Household Topos in 1 Timothy (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Katherine A. Shaner, Wake Forest University: Women, Slaves, and Disenfranchized Workers: Protest Speech in Mark 11:15–19 (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)

S22-133
Mind, Society, and Religion in the Biblical World; Ritual in the Biblical World
Joint Session With: Mind, Society, and Religion in the Biblical World, Ritual in the Biblical World
11/22/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Conference Room 14 (3rd Level) - Marriott Rivercenter (MRC)
Theme: New Books on Cognitive and Ritual Approaches to the New Testament and Early Christianity
This session will discuss two recent publications on cognitive and ritual approaches to the New Testament and Early Christianity: Risto Uro, Ritual and Christian Beginnings (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Istvan Czachesz, Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Colleen Shantz, Toronto School of Theology, Presiding (5 min)
Richard DeMaris, Valparaiso University, Panelist (20 min)
April DeConick, Rice University, Panelist (20 min)
Daniel Ullucci, Rhodes College, Panelist (20 min)
Risto Uro, University of Helsinki, Respondent (15 min)
Istvan Czachesz, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (55 min)

S20-212a
Hellenistic Judaism
11/20/2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 301B (3rd Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: What can domestic artifacts tell us about ethnic, religious and cultural affiliations?
Sandra Gambetti, College of Staten Island (CUNY), Presiding (5 min)
Andrea Berlin, Boston University: Re-visiting Gamla – and Revising the “Household Judaism” Model (25 min)
Avner Ecker, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Marking Your Household Commodities in Greek: The Transition from Aramaic to Greek on Idumean Ostraka (25 min)
Shulamit Miller, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Life in the Judaean Mansions (25 min)
Barak Monnickendam-Givon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Similar Vessels Different Behaviors: A Multi Communal Perspective of the Southern Levant (25 min)
Karen Stern, Brooklyn College (CUNY), Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)

S20-132
Maria, Mariamne, Miriam: Rediscovering the Marys
11/20/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Bonham B (3rd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Re-imagining the Marys: Mission and Leadership
Mary Ann Beavis, St. Thomas More College, Presiding
Cornelia Horn, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen: The Power of Leadership through Mediation: Mart Mariam in the Syriac and Arabic Apocryphal Tradition (20 min)
Juana Manzo, University of St. Thomas: Mary's Mission according to "Guadalupan Sermons" of the 17th and 18th Centuries (20 min)
Ally Kateusz, University of Missouri - Kansas City: Mary as Patroness of the Catholic Charismatic Revival Movement in Mexico: A Possible Analogy for Better Understanding the Longue Duree of Marian Religion (20 min)
Nadia Marais, Stellenbosch University: Lovelyn, Belhar, and Mary: Exploring the Rhetoric of Confession as Resistance to Injustice (20 min)
Discussion (40 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)

S22-127
John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern
11/22/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Presidio A (3rd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Leslie Baynes, Missouri State University, Presiding
David L. Barr, Wright State University: Dis-guising Jesus: St(r)aying in Character in John’s Apocalypse (25 min)
Daniel I. Morrison, McMaster Divinity College: The Divine King of Resistance: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Revelation 1 (25 min)
Eric C. Smith, Iliff School of Theology: “Indefinite Accumulation in an Immobile Place”: Heterotopia, Heterochrony, and the Apocalypse of John (25 min)
J. David Woodington, University of Notre Dame: A Fitting End: John’s Use of the Lake of Fire in Revelation (25 min)
Paul Middleton, University of Chester: Confronting Violence in the Apocalypse: Reading Revelation through ‘The Brick Testament’ (25 min)
C. Thomas Fraatz, Boston College: Rebooted Scripture: Revelation, Star Wars, and an Intertextual Aesthetics of Scripture (25 min)

S22-118
Early Exegesis of Genesis 1
11/22/2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Bowie C (2nd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)
Volker Drecoll, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Presiding
Ute Possekel, Harvard University: Bardaisan of Edessa and the Genesis Account of Creation (30 min)
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Humboldt University of Berlin: The Unkown Gnostic Text of Deir el-Balaizah (30 min)
John Reeve, Andrews University: Irenaeus on Genesis 1 (30 min)
Ronald E. Heine, Northwest Christian University: Origen on Genesis 1:1-5 (30 min)

- See more at: https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_ProgramBook.aspx?MeetingId=29#sthash.um56Qr1t.dpuf

Huqoq Excavations at 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting (November 16-19, 2016)

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research from November 16-19, 2016, Prof. Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and colleagues will present the results of the 2015-2016 excavation seasons at the site of a Late Ancient synagogue building at Huqoq in eastern Lower Galilee in Israel.  Prof Magness received a 2016-2017 Shohet Scholars grant for the excavation season that followed the one under discussion at the ASOR event.

The 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting will be held in San Antonio, TX from November 16th to 19th at the La Cantera Resort and Spa. The program schedule is on: http://www.asor.org/am/.  

From the ASOR Program: 5C. Archaeology of Israel: The 2011–2016 Excavations at Huqoq
CHAIR: Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Presiding
Matthew Grey (Brigham Young University), Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Shua Kisilevitz (Israel Antiquities Authority) and Dennis Mizzi (University of Malta), “The 2015–2016 Seasons of Excavations at Huqoq”
Since 2011, Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has directed excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in eastern Lower Galilee, assisted by Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The excavations have brought to light parts of the Jewish village of the fifth–sixth centuries and the Ottoman period Muslim village of Yakuk. In this paper, we report on the results of the 2015–2016 excavation seasons, which focused on a monumental, Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue paved with extraordinary mosaics. The mosaics include the first depiction of a non-biblical story, and the first scene from daily life ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. The synagogue was expanded and reused as a public building in the Middle Ages (12th–13th centuries), when the stylobates and pedestals were lifted a half a meter, and the aisles were paved with mosaics. Column drums from the synagogue that were used in the medieval building to support the lifted stylobates still preserve their original painted decoration. This paper provides an overview of these recent discoveries, which shed new light on Galilean Jews and Judaism against the background of the rise and spread of Christianity.

Apertura straordinaria della catacomba di Sant’Alessandro il 12 novembre 2016

Apertura straordinaria catacomba di Sant'Alessandro con visita guidata con storico dell'arte alla Catacomba e Basilica Paleocristiana di Sant'Alessandro sulla via Nomentana.
Special opening of the Catacomb of S. Alessandro including tour of the semi-hypogean basilica.
Sabato 12 novembre 2016, dalle 16.000 - 17.30
Via Nomentana 1294, Roma (dopo l'incrocio della via Cesarina)
Biglietto: € 6,00
RSVP: guide@madeinrome.eu oppure 388 92 73 896
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