Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts

Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts at Abilene Christian University

Fostering the study of ancient religious documents through research, teaching, and academic mentoring.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine leads a stimulating conversation today with ACU faculty on "Christian Privilege and Christian Fragil...
11/14/2019

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine leads a stimulating conversation today with ACU faculty on "Christian Privilege and Christian Fragility: Jews & Judaism in the Bible."

Congratulations to CSART fellow Christopher R. Hutson on the publication this week of his new commentary on the Pastoral...
11/06/2019
First and Second Timothy and Titus | Baker Publishing Group

Congratulations to CSART fellow Christopher R. Hutson on the publication this week of his new commentary on the Pastoral Epistles in the Paideia series!

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/first-and-second-timothy-and-titus/279230

Drawing from many parts of the broad Christian tradition, this commentary on First and Second Timothy and Titus helps readers gain a stronger understanding of early Christian ministry in the first two centuries. Paideia commentaries show how New Testament texts use ancient narrative and rhetorical s...

Today's CSART student luncheon focused on the importance of paratexts in manuscript studies. The discussion was led by C...
11/04/2019

Today's CSART student luncheon focused on the importance of paratexts in manuscript studies. The discussion was led by Curt Niccum and Jeff Childers.

Latinitium – Online Latin Dictionaries
11/02/2019
Latinitium – Online Latin Dictionaries

Latinitium – Online Latin Dictionaries

Four Latin dictionaries for learning, reading, or translating Latin. English–Latin, Latin–English, and Latin synonym dictionaries.

“The books in libraries and bookstores are organised according to genres. There’s a floor for fiction and another for sc...
10/29/2019
The convergence of genres

“The books in libraries and bookstores are organised according to genres. There’s a floor for fiction and another for science, one for poetry and one for history. This kind of structure helps to locate the book you’re looking for, but only as long the book has already been placed in a generic category, and only as long as you identify these categories correctly.”

The books in libraries and bookstores are organised according to genres. There’s a floor for fiction and another for science, one for poetry and one for history. This kind of structure helps to loc…

The economics of scribes
10/28/2019
The economics of scribes

The economics of scribes

Scribes were professional copyists whose jobs were stolen by the printing press. Scribes are as old as writing itself. Their worth, prestige and use declined as writing and literacy became more wid…

REPOSITORIES AND DIGITIZATION PROJECTS OFFERING HIGH-RES PUBLIC DOMAIN OR LIBERALLY-LICENSED IMAGES FOR DOWNLOAD
10/25/2019
Licensing Status of Digitized Manuscript Repositories

REPOSITORIES AND DIGITIZATION PROJECTS OFFERING HIGH-RES PUBLIC DOMAIN OR LIBERALLY-LICENSED IMAGES FOR DOWNLOAD

(Skip the introductory prose and jump directly to the inventory.) BACKGROUND: In anticipation of creating a book* version of the online paleography course I created for vHMML, I was curious about t…

Many thanks to Brent Nongbri of MF Norwegian School of Theology for a fascinating CSART webinar today on the provocative...
10/17/2019

Many thanks to Brent Nongbri of MF Norwegian School of Theology for a fascinating CSART webinar today on the provocative topic of the paleographic dating of early Christian manuscripts!

CSART's day on "The Psalms in the Church's Worship" was illuminating and uplifting, thanks to the fine work of several P...
09/18/2019

CSART's day on "The Psalms in the Church's Worship" was illuminating and uplifting, thanks to the fine work of several Psalms scholars.

Many fine words, an outstanding Festschrift, and a torque wrench were offered last night in honor of CSART Fellow Wendel...
09/18/2019

Many fine words, an outstanding Festschrift, and a torque wrench were offered last night in honor of CSART Fellow Wendell Willis, outstanding NT professor, scholar, and colleague.

It is exciting to see our friend and eminent Syriac scholar Father Columba Stewart given the honor of presenting the 201...
09/05/2019
2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

It is exciting to see our friend and eminent Syriac scholar Father Columba Stewart given the honor of presenting the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7, in the grand tradition of Ken Burns, Rita Charon, Wendell Berry, Anna Deavere Smith, Martin Scorcese, and so many others. The work Coliumba and others do at HMML Hill Museum & Manuscript Library serves the world in crucial ways. His lecture on the monk's "long view" of cultural heritage is bound to be brilliant.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-jefferson-lecture-in-the-humanities-tickets-65485594175?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

See Father Columba Stewart deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in D.C., on October 7. You can reserve your tickets for the NEH Jefferson Lecture online starting September 4, 2019 at 12pm EST. Father Columba Stewart, American Benedictine monk, scholar of early religions, and executiv...

CSART fellow Jeff Childers presents his research today on Jacob of Serugh's sermon, "On Praise at Table: A Newly Publish...
08/21/2019

CSART fellow Jeff Childers presents his research today on Jacob of Serugh's sermon, "On Praise at Table: A Newly Published Syriac Text" in the International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford.

GST alum Matt Hale delivers a fine paper on Maximus Confessor at the International Patristic Conference, “Virtue, the In...
08/20/2019

GST alum Matt Hale delivers a fine paper on Maximus Confessor at the International Patristic Conference, “Virtue, the Indwelling of the Word, and Incarnate Meaning.”

CSART scholar Ethan Laster just graduated with his MDiv and MA from ACU, after completing his research on the Syriac spi...
08/09/2019
Alumni Spotlight: Ethan Laster - ACU Graduate School of Theology

CSART scholar Ethan Laster just graduated with his MDiv and MA from ACU, after completing his research on the Syriac spiritual master, John the Solitary. Here he talks about his experience and offers sound advice for graduate students in theological studies.

http://blogs.acu.edu/acugst/alumni-spotlight-ethan-laster/

Alumni Spotlight Ethan Laster   Ethan Laster graduated with his M.Div. and M.A. in Ancient and Oriental Christianity from ACU. He won the Isaac Errett award in 2018 and was named by the Stone-Campbell Journal as one of their Promising Scholars. Among his academic achievements he is also well practi...

Garrick V. Allen's review of the recent Edition Critica Maior volume of the Acts of the Apostles — publishing research t...
08/01/2019
NTG Editio Critica Maior: Acts

Garrick V. Allen's review of the recent Edition Critica Maior volume of the Acts of the Apostles — publishing research to which a number of ACU faculty and students have contributed.

https://rbecs.org/2019/07/31/ecm3/?fbclid=IwAR2NHipSzXvh0oy1KvBkYjTPJzJrv0H8CjoJNxGZWr6uyv42kOztN700Sco

2019.7.8 | Holger Strutwolf, Georg Gäbel, Annette Hüffmeier, Gerd Mink, and Klaus Wachtel (eds). Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior. III Die Apostelgeschichte/Acts of the Apostles. 3 pa…

The Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament will fill a giant gap, as no modern edition of the Bible in Coptic exist...
07/10/2019
Coptic Old Testament - CoptOT Public

The Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament will fill a giant gap, as no modern edition of the Bible in Coptic exists. The project aims to provide a complete documentation of the manuscript evidence, digital editions of all OT manuscripts, critical editions of all OT books, corpus-linguistic analyses and translations into English, German and Arabic.

http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com

Coptic Bible Old Testament

GST faculty Ken Cukrowski presents his paper today, "Blind Justice: A Possible Allusion to Euripides’ Cyclops in Luke 18...
07/03/2019

GST faculty Ken Cukrowski presents his paper today, "Blind Justice: A Possible Allusion to Euripides’ Cyclops in Luke 18:2, 4," as part of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Rome.

"In a brave act of collective personal defiance and self-sacrifice, the library staff risked their lives to rescue over ...
07/02/2019
The Love of Books: The Brave Librarians of Sarajevo

"In a brave act of collective personal defiance and self-sacrifice, the library staff risked their lives to rescue over 10,000 precious books and manuscripts while the Bosnian War raged around them."

In the midst of war, library staff in Sarajevo risked their lives to rescue over 10,000 precious books and manuscripts.

The digital Codex Sinaiticus is ten years old!The manuscript itself is much older, but it's been ten years since it was ...
07/02/2019
Codex Sinaiticus Tenth Anniversary Survey

The digital Codex Sinaiticus is ten years old!

The manuscript itself is much older, but it's been ten years since it was released online for the use of scholars, students, and church groups.

To celebrate, Sinaiticus online is inviting people to participate in a short user survey, to relate their experiences of using the website and the impact it has had:

www.tinyurl.com/codex10
www.bit.ly/codex10
https://birminghamcoaal.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6QLNSuIVJDWaMER

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/itsee/news/2019/Sinaiticus-anniversary.aspx

Codex Sinaiticus Tenth Anniversary Survey, run byt the University of Birmingham

CSART fellow Richard Wright presents his paper today, "Negotiating Change: Praying and Prophesying in 1 Corinthians 11:2...
07/02/2019

CSART fellow Richard Wright presents his paper today, "Negotiating Change: Praying and Prophesying in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16," as part of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Rome.

DASH uses ancient Syriac manuscripts to explore how recent advances in the digital analysis of handwriting can help scho...
07/01/2019
Digital Analysis of Syriac Handwriting

DASH uses ancient Syriac manuscripts to explore how recent advances in the digital analysis of handwriting can help scholars better ascertain a manuscript’s provenance, identify manuscripts written by the same scribe, and trace out the chronological development of ancient scripts.

http://dash.stanford.edu

DASH: Digital Analysis of Syriac Handwriting

CSART fellow Christopher R. Hutson's article, "The Zealous Rage against Paul (Acts 13:45) in the Context of Roman Provin...
07/01/2019
Ethics in Contexts: Essays in Honor of Wendell Lee Willis

CSART fellow Christopher R. Hutson's article, "The Zealous Rage against Paul (Acts 13:45) in the Context of Roman Provincial Administration," has just appeared in the fine collection of essays, "Ethics in Contexts."

https://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Contexts-Essays-Wendell-Willis/dp/1532660790/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=ethics+in+contexts&qid=1561393047&s=books&sr=1-2

The essays in this volume are an expression of appreciation of Wendell Lee Willis, who recently retired after a distinguished career as a classroom teacher, colleague, and scholar. Current and former colleagues have written to advance Wendell’s research interests in the various contexts of ...

Former CSART scholar Laura Locke Estes presented a paper last week entitled, "Etiologies in Syriac Christian Accounts of...
06/25/2019

Former CSART scholar Laura Locke Estes presented a paper last week entitled, "Etiologies in Syriac Christian Accounts of the Origins of Islam," as part of the Eighth North American Syriac Symposium at Brown University.

As part of the North American Syriac Symposium at Brown University last week, GST alum Jamey Walters conducted a worksho...
06/24/2019

As part of the North American Syriac Symposium at Brown University last week, GST alum Jamey Walters conducted a workshop on the Digital Syriac Corpus and also presented a paper entitled, “Demonstration 14 and Historiography of Fourth-Century Persian Christianity.”

CSART fellow Jacob Lollar presented a paper as part of the Eighth North American Syriac Symposium at Brown University la...
06/24/2019

CSART fellow Jacob Lollar presented a paper as part of the Eighth North American Syriac Symposium at Brown University last week: “Refugees, Religion, and Reconstructing History: The Effects of Forced Migration on the Development of Syriac Literature in the Fourth Century.”

CSART fellow Kelli Bryant Gibson presented a paper as part of the Eighth North American Syriac Symposium at Brown Univer...
06/23/2019

CSART fellow Kelli Bryant Gibson presented a paper as part of the Eighth North American Syriac Symposium at Brown University last week: "Interreligious Polemic in the Works of John of Dara."

Congratulations to CSART Fellow Richard Wright and GST faculty James W. Thompson on the appearance of a fine collection ...
06/11/2019

Congratulations to CSART Fellow Richard Wright and GST faculty James W. Thompson on the appearance of a fine collection of essays on New Testament and Early Christianity — Ethics in Context: Essays in Honor of Wendell Willis. Available now from Wipf & Stock!

https://wipfandstock.com/ethics-in-contexts.html

Liv Lied presents a thoughtful and timely challenge: what are the ethical pitfalls for “a guild of textual scholars that...
05/23/2019
Textual Scholarship, Ethics, and Someone Else's Manuscripts

Liv Lied presents a thoughtful and timely challenge: what are the ethical pitfalls for “a guild of textual scholars that identify mainly as scholars of immaterial literature”?

Liv Ingeborg Lied’s Contribution to the Textual Objects and Material Philology forum.

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