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.

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
05/08/2019
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

WATCH: Author Mark Hamilton lectures on his new book JESUS, KING OF STRANGERS at Abilene Christian University’s Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts.

CSART fellow Jacob Lollar conducted a very helpful webinar with beginning Syriac students this week on transcribing manu...
05/03/2019

CSART fellow Jacob Lollar conducted a very helpful webinar with beginning Syriac students this week on transcribing manuscripts in the Virtual Manuscript Room, in support of the Center's project editing Climacus' Ladder of Divine Ascent. Many thanks to Jake and to Ute Possekel's outstanding students!

CSART fellow Christopher R. Hutson has a new book coming out — a commentary on 1-2 Timothy & Titus in the Paideia seri...
04/23/2019
First and Second Timothy and Titus (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament)

CSART fellow Christopher R. Hutson has a new book coming out — a commentary on 1-2 Timothy & Titus in the Paideia series. Preorder now!

https://www.amazon.com/First-Second-Timothy-Titus-Paideia-ebook/dp/B07PYY73BJ/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=hutson%2C+christopher&qid=1555983442&s=gateway&sr=8-2

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 the texts use ancient narrative and rhetorical strategi...

Thought to be the earliest depiction of Jesus' crucifixion in an illuminated manuscript; eastern art style in the famous...
04/21/2019

Thought to be the earliest depiction of Jesus' crucifixion in an illuminated manuscript; eastern art style in the famous Rabbula Gospels (Syriac).

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, cod. Plut. I, 56 (fol. 13r)

We're delighted to feature Mark Hamilton's summary and a panel discussion responding to his important new book: Jesus, K...
04/19/2019

We're delighted to feature Mark Hamilton's summary and a panel discussion responding to his important new book: Jesus, King of Strangers. What the Bible Really Says about Immigration. Click on the link:

http://blogs.acu.edu/csart/recorded-lectures/

Congratulations to CSART fellow Frederick Aquino on the publication of his article, "Toward a Constructive Account of In...
04/09/2019

Congratulations to CSART fellow Frederick Aquino on the publication of his article, "Toward a Constructive Account of Intellectual Formation in the Restoration Movement" in a new collection of essays on the Stone-Campbell tradition!

https://biblia-arabica.com/can-manuscript-headings-prove-that-there-were-arabic-gospels-before-the-qur%CA%BEan/
04/06/2019
Can manuscript headings prove that there were Arabic Gospels before the Qurʾān? – Biblia Arabica

https://biblia-arabica.com/can-manuscript-headings-prove-that-there-were-arabic-gospels-before-the-qur%CA%BEan/

3 Apr 2019 Can manuscript headings prove that there were Arabic Gospels before the Qurʾān? by Robert Turnbull | posted in: Blog | 0 Were there Arabic translations of the Bible before Islam? In the early 1930s, Anton Baumstark outlined an argument which he believed ‘mathematically proved’ that ...

In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available o...
04/03/2019
1,000 Years of Literary Tradition in Rare Persian-Language Manuscripts Now Online at Library of Congress

In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online for the first time the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection.

https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-19-036/?loclr=ealn

In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online for the first time the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection, which sheds light on scientific, religious, philosophical and literary topics that are highly valued in th...

This week CSART hosted "Work, Life & Women in the Academy," a luncheon for ACU students to discuss the opportunities and...
03/27/2019

This week CSART hosted "Work, Life & Women in the Academy," a luncheon for ACU students to discuss the opportunities and challenges for women in theological education. Many thanks to CSART fellows Kelli Bryant Gibson, Mindi Thompson, Amanda Pittman, and former GST student Laura Locke Estes for their leadership in this important conversation!

In case you were wondering whether we have a handy list of ancient magical, ritual, and divinatory manuscripts, wonder n...
03/26/2019
TM-Magic

In case you were wondering whether we have a handy list of ancient magical, ritual, and divinatory manuscripts, wonder no more! Trismegistos-Magic is the perfect place to begin research on these fascinating materials.

https://www.trismegistos.org/magic/index.php

An online metadata database by F. Naether / M. Depauw Universität zu Köln / Universität Leipzig   TM-Magic is the first thematic database hosted by Trismegistos and tries to fill a gap between projects such as the LDAB, HGV and BCD by collecting metadata of somewhat "dubious" nature: all things ...

Spirit of Abilene
03/24/2019
Spirit of Abilene

Spirit of Abilene

By LORETTA FULTON If you find yourself confused about how Christians should respond to migrants and refugees, it's pretty simple. Just pick up a Bible and read passages from either the Old Testament or the New Testament. That was the crux of the message delivered March 21 by Mark Hamilton, a professor of Old Testament in Abilene Christian University's College of Biblical Studies. [ 283 more words ]
http://spiritofabilene.com/2019/03/24/bible-speaks-clearly-on-migrants/

We had a fantastic discussion last night of CSART fellow Mark Hamilton's new book, Jesus King of Strangers: What the Bib...
03/22/2019

We had a fantastic discussion last night of CSART fellow Mark Hamilton's new book, Jesus King of Strangers: What the Bible Really Says about Immigration!

The Morgan Library and Museum has a fine collection of manuscripts, including ancient papyri. Their website provides det...
03/21/2019
Papyri

The Morgan Library and Museum has a fine collection of manuscripts, including ancient papyri. Their website provides detailed information and quality images of the materials.

https://www.themorgan.org/papyri/list

Spirit of Abilene
03/16/2019
Spirit of Abilene

Spirit of Abilene

By LORETTA FULTON Tired of the political rhetoric on immigration? How about a new take, actually a very old one? “Jesus, King of Strangers: What the Bible Really Says About Immigration” is the title of a new book by Mark Hamilton, professor at Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology. In the book, Hamilton argues that, “Reclaiming the biblical language will free the church from hypernationalism and fear-driven demagoguery.” [ 27 more words ]
http://spiritofabilene.com/2019/03/16/the-bible-and-immigration/

The Leuven Database of Ancient Books attempts to collect the basic information on all ancient literary texts, listing 16...
03/13/2019
Leuven Database of Ancient Books (LDAB)

The Leuven Database of Ancient Books attempts to collect the basic information on all ancient literary texts, listing 16457 items dating from the fourth century B.C. to A.D. 800.

Information about the oldest preserved copies of each text, along with bibliography and a view of the reception of ancient literature, are all at the user's fingertips.

https://www.trismegistos.org/ldab/index.php

DUCTUS provides a wealth of information about papyrus collections in Spain, along with high-quality digital images of ma...
03/11/2019
Dvctvs

DUCTUS provides a wealth of information about papyrus collections in Spain, along with high-quality digital images of many ancient manuscripts.

http://dvctvs.upf.edu

CSART fellow Mark Hamilton gave a stellar Presidential Address at the meeting of the Southwest Commission on Religious S...
03/10/2019

CSART fellow Mark Hamilton gave a stellar Presidential Address at the meeting of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies in Dallas this weekend. It was a strong paper that simulated thoughtful questions.

The Medieval Masterpiece, the Book of Kells, Is Now Digitized & Put Online
03/10/2019
The Medieval Masterpiece, the Book of Kells, Is Now Digitized & Put Online

The Medieval Masterpiece, the Book of Kells, Is Now Digitized & Put Online

If you know nothing else about medieval European illuminated manuscripts, you surely know the Book of Kells. “One of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures” comments Medievalists.net, “it is set apart from other manuscripts of the same period by the quality of its artwork and the sheer number...

TRISMEGISTOS is an interdisciplinary portal of papyrological and epigraphical resources from many parts of the Ancient W...
03/07/2019
Trismegistos

TRISMEGISTOS is an interdisciplinary portal of papyrological and epigraphical resources from many parts of the Ancient World. People interested in ancient texts are finding it a valuable stop on their research trajectories. Click here for orientation to the portal and its use:

https://www.trismegistos.org/guide.php

Trismegistos is a conglomerate of databases, with Texts, Collections, Archives, People, Places, and Authors as main sections. We deal with texts from the ancient western world, dated between roughly 800 BC and AD 800. Our eventual goal is to provide information about all texts for which there is phy...

Marriage Contract | Berlin Papyrus Database
03/04/2019
Marriage Contract | Berlin Papyrus Database

Marriage Contract | Berlin Papyrus Database

“Money or Love?” – Even in ancient times, the act of marriage was one of the most important events in human life. Sometimes the conditions of a marriage were regulated by a marriage contract. A striking example of such a document is the marriage contract between Ammonios, the groom, and Iulia ...

Each month the Berliner Papyrusdatabank showcases on object from its collection. For February -- a second-century marria...
03/04/2019
Marriage Contract | Berlin Papyrus Database

Each month the Berliner Papyrusdatabank showcases on object from its collection. For February -- a second-century marriage contract in Greek on papyrus.

The website hosts high-quality images and rich data on many ancient manuscripts in its collection.

http://berlpap.smb.museum/heiratsvertrag/?lang=en

“Money or Love?” – Even in ancient times, the act of marriage was one of the most important events in human life. Sometimes the conditions of a marriage were regulated by a marriage contract. A striking example of such a document is the marriage contract between Ammonios, the groom, and Iulia ...

CSART fellow John Boyles delivered a smashing public lecture to an eager audience Tuesday - "Fluid Roles and Regulations...
02/21/2019

CSART fellow John Boyles delivered a smashing public lecture to an eager audience Tuesday - "Fluid Roles and Regulations: Insights on Church Organization from the Ancient Mediterranean"

Congratulations to CSART fellow Curt Niccum on the publication of his article, "Hoskier and His (Per)Version of the Ethi...
02/18/2019
The Future of New Testament Textual Scholarship

Congratulations to CSART fellow Curt Niccum on the publication of his article, "Hoskier and His (Per)Version of the Ethiopic" in the newly released book, "The Future of New Testament Textual Scholarship."

https://www.mohrsiebeck.com/en/book/the-future-of-new-testament-textual-scholarship-9783161566622

The Future of New Testament Textual Scholarship, 978-3-16-156662-2, From H. C. Hoskier to the Editio Critica Maior and Beyond Ed. by Garrick V. Allen

Leadership and Organization—How did the early Church do it?Join us for a lecture presented by Dr. John Boyles: Fluid R...
02/12/2019

Leadership and Organization—How did the early Church do it?

Join us for a lecture presented by Dr. John Boyles: Fluid Roles and Regulations: Insights on Church Organization from the Ancient Mediterranean.

TUE, FEB 19 AT 7:30 PM
ACU Biblical Studies building, room 130

The lecture is free and open to the public

CSART fellows Christopher R. Hutson, Mark Hamilton, and Jeff Childers are featured in an important new book just release...
02/12/2019

CSART fellows Christopher R. Hutson, Mark Hamilton, and Jeff Childers are featured in an important new book just released this week: Slavery's Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity (Eerdmans).

02/01/2019
Session 33: Frederick Aquino

CSART Fellow Frederick Aquino presents on the topic of spiritual perception at the gathering of the International Orthodox Theological Association in Iași, Romania this month.

https://youtu.be/ykz-5gYkYVo

Frederick Aquino presents his paper: “Spiritual Perception in Maximus the Confessor” This paper was presented at Session 33: "Spiritual Perception in Eastern...

“A translation can indeed be creative and ‘important,’ but it is the creativity of astute accommodation and damage...
01/22/2019
Can a Translation Be a Masterpiece, Too?

“A translation can indeed be creative and ‘important,’ but it is the creativity of astute accommodation and damage limitation...”

A translation of a text in a foreign language may be accurate and even beautiful in its own right. But there is no substitute for reading a text in its original language, with trained appreciation for its native culture.

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/01/21/can-a-translation-be-a-masterpiece-too/

A translation can indeed be creative and “important,” but it is the creativity of astute accommodation and damage limitation, the “importance” of allowing as much as possible of that original to happen in the translator’s culture. To imagine, however, that Henry James could ever be to the ...

Papyrology and Early Christianity
01/22/2019
Papyrology and Early Christianity

Papyrology and Early Christianity

If you are currently a PhD student and interested in working with Greek papyri, there is a great opportunity at the British Library for a three month placement. Application deadline is February 19, 2019.

ACU Today highlights CSART Fellow Frederick Aquino as a gifted scholar and teacher. http://acu.today/2018/05/01/aquinos-...
01/19/2019
Aquino’s love of teaching stems from love of learning : ACU Today

ACU Today highlights CSART Fellow Frederick Aquino as a gifted scholar and teacher.

http://acu.today/2018/05/01/aquinos-love-of-teaching-stems-from-love-of-learning/?utm_source=myACU+News&utm_campaign=95ba9b7aba-ACU+Today+1%2F19%2F18+%28F%2FS%29_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4ad6e94749-95ba9b7aba-28378481

It’s pronounced “Aqueeno” and comes from the same root as “Aquinas,” as in Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century Dominican friar who heavily influenced Western thought and is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Both names derive from the town of Aquino, Italy.

CSART Fellow Frederick Aquino was invited to present his research on Spiritual Perception last week at the meeting of th...
01/18/2019

CSART Fellow Frederick Aquino was invited to present his research on Spiritual Perception last week at the meeting of the International Orthodox Theological Association in Iași, Romania.

"Empire of Letters" -- in the ancient world (as today?) writing technology shaped the way people thought.
01/08/2019
How writing technology shaped classical thinking

"Empire of Letters" -- in the ancient world (as today?) writing technology shaped the way people thought.

The Roman poet Lucretius' epic work "De rerum natura," or "On the Nature of Things," is the oldest surviving scientific treatise written in Latin. Composed around 55 B.C.E., the text is a lengthy piece of contrarianism. Lucreutius was in the Epicurean school of philosophy: He wanted an account of th...

Papyrology and Early Christianity
12/31/2018
Papyrology and Early Christianity

Papyrology and Early Christianity

On this day, nearly 1,900 years ago, an Egyptian woman named Herakleia purchased a female slave. See the ancient papyrus and the text of the actual contract here:

The 9th-century Book of Kells celebrates the text of Matthew 1:18, "Christi autem generatio sic erat" (Now the generatio...
12/24/2018

The 9th-century Book of Kells celebrates the text of Matthew 1:18, "Christi autem generatio sic erat" (Now the generation of Christ went like this…"), in a festive burst of color. The spectacular Chi-Rho monogram represents Christ. The passage is traditionally read at the culmination of the Advent season.

Trinity College Dublin MS A.I. 58, folio 34r.

https://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

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