A friend of mine who has been working on the project has just informed me that the Cairo Genizah collection held at Oxford’s Bodleian Library is now available online here. The collection, one of the best in the world, comprises roughly 25,000 pages spread across about 4,000 fragments.
HT Steve Caruso. David Taylor is offering a course in Imperial Aramaic at Oxford and is putting PDFs of the associated handouts, assignments, and texts online. Have a look.
I was going through some photos from Oxford and ran across a great one I haven’t shared before. This is the group photo from our end-of-year party with all the students and professors from Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Good times.
I’ve put a PDF of my Oxford master’s thesis, “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus,” online (here). I’d like to revise and publish it in the future, so I’d love to hear whatever feedback y’all have to offer.
I’m very happy to report that I received an award tonight for the best dissertation in Oxford’s Master of Studies in Jewish Studies. My dissertation (thesis, really) was entitled “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus.”
As part of the award I received a copy of A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People with the following affixed inside:
Please excuse my narcissism as I pat myself on the back.
PS – Can you guess where my middle name comes from without googling it? Only one person has ever guessed correctly.
ANSWER: My middle name was taken from the character Orrin Sackett, who appears in a number of Louis L’Amour books from his series on the Sackett family.
My recent professor for Judaism and the Roman Diaspora, Fergus Millar, has been awarded a knighthood for services to scholarship as part of the Queen’s birthday honours list. Sir Professor Millar retired in 2002 but has continued to teach courses for the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and, according to the BBC article, “is credited as being among the most influential ancient historians of the 20th Century.” He also has the best eyebrows in Oxford.
Here’s a picture of participants in Oxford’s Greek Scripture and the Rabbis conference last Friday. We’re standing in front of the fireplace in the Long Gallery at Yarnton Manor, which is original to the late 16th century building and has the original crest from the Spencer family of Princess Diana fame. See who you can spot.
It’s been mentioned over at Evangelical Textual Criticism and I thought I’d echo the plug for the upcoming conference associated with Alison Salvesen’s Greek Scripture and the Rabbis seminar. The conference takes place next Friday from 10 am until around 4 pm. £5 for students and £10 for everyone else, if you want to participate in the lunch. The morning session should be phenomenal.
Today I attended the first ever public seminar of the European Seminar on Advanced Jewish Studies. Martin Goodman and Alison Salvesen convened the session, and Tessa Rajak spoke on the Vorlage of Josephus’ rewritten Bible. Her paper was basically a revision of some doctoral work she had done long ago. She argued that Josephus seems to have used either a primarily Hebrew Vorlage with some secondary Greek readings thrown in, or a primary Greek Vorlage with some secondary Hebrew readings thrown in.
In the discussion portion Emanuel Tov pounced on this dichotomy and asked Tessa to choose one or the other (he advocates a primarily Greek Vorlage). Tessa could point to several verses which demanded a Greek origin, but admitted she could not point to any that demanded a Hebrew source. Good times.