Christopher B. Zeichmann

University of Toronto

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New Publication

Posted by on Sunday, November 29th, 2015

A manuscript I wrote recently saw publication, “Martial and the fiscus Iudaicus Once More” in the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 25 (2015) 111-117.   A Pre-Proof version can be read here and the full published version can be read here.

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SBL presentation

Posted by on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

SBL is right around the corner and I will be presenting at the Redescribing Early Christianity section.  This year the theme is redescribing time and anachronism.  Here is my abstract.   Mark’s Jesus as Post-War Subject in Pre-War Galilee   Abstract: While most scholars agree Mark was composed around the time of the Judaean War, […]

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Martial’s Epigrams 11.94 and the Fiscus Iudaicus

Posted by on Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Martial, Epigrams 11.94 reads: Your overflowing malice, and your detraction everywhere of my books, I pardon: circumcised poet, you are wise! This too, I disregard, that when you carp at my poesy ouplunder them: so, too, circumcised pet, you are wise! What tortures me is this, that you, circumcised poet, although born in the very […]

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Early Publication on Queer Biblical Interpretation

Posted by on Friday, April 24th, 2015

As part of my forthcoming, and long gestating, project on homonormative and heteronormative interpretations of the Healing of the Centurion’s Slave, I endeavoured to collect all references to publications referring to possible sexual subtexts to the passage (Matthew 8:5-13//Luke 7:1-10).  One obscure, but important, publication I got my hands on was Tom Horner’s annotated bibliography […]

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The (Un)Subversive Jesus

Posted by on Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Robert Myles has yet another fantastic blog post, this time examining the entirely conventional rhetoric of subversion in historical Jesus studies. This is good food for thought as I write about the conventionality of scholarly work on the question of taxation in the Gospel of Mark.  If these scholars’ Jesus were really so radical, why […]

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Bad Theology = Gnosticism

Posted by on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

I’ve been busy, so I’ll return to the series on Jews and the Roman army shortly.   I just wanted to publicly reminisce about the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the way to discredit a given theological position was by suggesting it was a form of modern gnosticism.  I think that rhetorical move is […]

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Jews in the Early Roman Army, Part I: Unambiguous Instances in the Diaspora

Posted by on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

I’ve found a number of inter-related issues frustrating when writing my dissertation around the question of who constitutes relevant data for discussion of Palestine and the early Roman Empire.  I’m planning a short series of blog posts around the authenticity politics of Judaism and the Roman army. To start, it is commonly assumed that Jews […]

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