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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]