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October 2017

Vol. V, No. 10

Fighting Over the Bible: Jewish Interpretation, Sectarianism and Polemic from Temple to Talmud and Beyond

By Isaac Kalimi

The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament stands as an important sacred text for all branches of the Abrahamic faiths, although these maintain fundamentally different attitudes towards it. Nonetheless, far from unifying Jews, Christians and Muslims, the biblical texts divided them, and have regularly been used as weapons to condemn opponents – insiders and outsiders – rather than as tokens of unification and reconciliation…[READ MORE]

The Antikythera Device – A Working Model of the Cosmos

By Alexander Jones

All cultures create models of the cosmos in words and images; the ancient Greeks were the first to make a mechanical working model of the cosmos.

In the spring of 1900, a group of Greek sponge divers en route to their usual diving grounds off North Africa chanced upon the site of a shipwreck dating from about 60 BCE off the small island of Antikythera…[READ MORE]

Making Amulets Christian: Artefact, Scribes, and Contexts

By Theodore de Bruyn

Much religious activity is customary. People do what they do because others have done it before them. But at the same time people adapt customary activities so that they continue to be meaningful. Indeed, it is the combination of the customary and the personal in religious activity that makes it powerful and relevant to people…[READ MORE]

Revolutionary Biblical Discoveries and the Need for Historical Amnesia

By Philip Jenkins

The Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife… every few years, the media report new finds of ancient texts that supposedly throw revolutionary new light on the Biblical world, and (commonly) on Christian origins. In reality, such finds rarely tell us much that is new or unexplored, and are mainly of use to hardcore specialists…[READ MORE]

The Ancient Near East Today features contributions from diverse academics, a forum featuring debates of current developments from the field, and links to news and resources. The ANE Today covers the entire Near East, and each issue presents discussions ranging from the state of biblical archaeology to archaeology after the Arab Spring.

Take a look at the contents of this e-book!

  • “Making Amulets Christian: Artefact, Scribes, and Contexts”
  • “Fighting Over the Bible: Jewish Interpretation, Sectarianism and Polemic from Temple to Talmud and Beyond”
  • “The Antikythera Device – A Working Model of the Cosmos”
  • “Revolutionary Biblical Discoveries and the Need for Historical Amnesia”
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