Greetings! I’ve been away for a few days ringing in the new year. In the meantime I’ve got some exciting links for y’all, especially from the December 2013 Biblical Studies carnival. Also check out the Septuagint Soirée.
One great blog I’ve recently discovered is that of Jacob Cerone, a grad student studying the Septuagint. See his post on the literary complexity of Jonah 1:4c, the phrase where “the ship thought it would break up,” linked to on his best of 2013 post.
I had always wondered what the “Nestle/Aland” on Greek New Testaments referred to. Now I know.
A new website with scans of ancient and medieval manuscripts of the Book of Ben Sira. Even if you don’t know Hebrew, these are cool to look at!
Finally, BLT has a post on abusive theologians. How do we make sense of great thinkers who were mean, sexist, petty, or otherwise not so holy?
In my class on the History of Systematic Theology, my classmates and I were shocked to learn from our professor (not from any of our books) that Paul Tillich had extramarital affairs, including sexual contacts with his students which certainly today would be considered sexual harassment at best, abusive at worst. It generated an important discussion about the extent to which we could rely on the intellectual work of a theologian whose life showed such serious failings in his ability to “walk the talk,” on the one hand; and the extent to which all of us are sinners, and thus all theologians are sinners, so why do we expect anything different, on the other.
This is a perfect reflection as I begin my winter quarter study of Jerome’s translation of the Old Testament into the Vulgate. It’s not a secret that Jerome was irascible, short-tempered, satirical, sarcastic, and just plain uncharitable to any who criticized him. Including Augustine. More to come later.