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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Craig A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias, Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon

Imprint: T & T Clark International
Pub. date: 25 Aug 2009
ISBN: 9780567584854
336 Pages, hardcover

Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon constitutes a collection of studies that reflect and contribute to the growing scholarly interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture.

Scholars and textual critics have in recent years rightly recognized the contribution that ancient manuscripts make to our understanding of the development of canon in its broadest and most inclusive sense. The studies included in this volume shed significant light on the most important questions touching the emergence of canon consciousness and written communication in the early centuries of the Christian church. The concern here is not in recovering a theoretical “original text” or early “recognized canon,” but in analysis of and appreciation for texts as they actually circulated and were preserved through time. Some of the essays in this collection explore the interface between canon as theological concept, on the one hand, and canon as reflected in the physical/artifactual evidence, on the other. Other essays explore what the artifacts tell us about life and belief in early communities of faith. Still other studies investigate the visual dimension and artistic expressions of faith, including theology and biblical interpretation communicated through the medium of art and icon in manuscripts. The volume also includes scientific studies concerned with the physical properties of particular manuscripts. These studies will stimulate new discussion in this important area of research and will point students and scholars in new directions for future work.
Table of Contents

Introduction — C. A. Evans and H. D. Zacharias
John P. Flanagan, “Papyrus 967 and the Text of Ezekiel: Parablepsis or an Original Text?”

Gregg Schwendner, “A Fragmentary Psalter from Karanis and its Context”

Thomas Kraus, “‘He that dwelleth in the help of the Highest’: Septuagint Psalm 90 and the Iconographic Program on Byzantine Armbands”

Don Barker, “Another Look at Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1353?”

Scott D. Charlesworth, “Public and Private — Second and Third-Century Gospel Manuscripts”

Pamela Shellberg, “A Johannine Reading of Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 840”

Peter Arzt-Grabner, “‘I was intending to visit you, but . . .’: Clauses Explaining Delayed Visits and their Importance in Papyrus Letters and in Paul”

Annette Bourland Huizenga, “Advice to the Bride: Moral Exhortation for Young Wives in Two Ancient Letters”

Marianne Schleicher, “Transitions between Artifactual and Hermeneutical Use of Scripture”

Larry Hurtado, “Early Christian Manuscripts of Biblical Texts as Artifacts”

Stephen Reed, “Physical and Visual Features of Dead Sea Scrolls Scriptural Texts”

Eduard Iricinschi, “‘A thousand books will be saved’: Manichean Manuscripts and Religious Propaganda in the Roman Empire”

Kirsten Nielsen, “The Danish Hymnbook: Artifact and Text”

David Chalcraft, “Some Biblical Artifacts in Search of a Sociological Theory”

Dorina Miller Parmenter, “The Bible as Icon: Myths of the Divine Origin of Scripture”

Peter M. Head, “Letter Carriers in the Ancient Jewish Epistolary Material”

Juan Hernández, “The Apocalypse in Codex Sinaiticus”

Non vidi. "It's in the mail"

Monday, September 28, 2009

Nuove pubblicazioni del Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento (Lecce)

Nuove pubblicazioni del Centro di Studi Papirologici
dell’Università del Salento (Lecce)

«Studi di Egittologia e di Papirologia» 6, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa-Roma 2009, pp. 121,
con i seguenti contributi:

F. Angiò, Il nuovo Posidippo (2007)
M. Capasso-N. Pellé, Un nuovo papiro dell’archivio di Zenone
H. Essler, Sylloge zu POxy XX 2260
M. Fressura, Revisione di POxy VIII 1099 e POxy L 3553
N. Pellé, Ancóra su PKöln III 126, Apollodoro, Sugli dèi
A. Pompei, Un personaggio raffigurato nella tomba Beg N. 11 di Meroe
E. Puglia, Note bibliologiche e sticometriche III
P. Radiciotti, Ercolano: papiri latini in una biblioteca greca
P. Radiciotti, Scrittura latina per ostraka neopunici. Osservazioni paleografiche per interpretare un fenomeno culturale.

Per acquisti:


Ricerche su Soknopaiou Nesos e altri studi, a c. di M. Capasso, «Papyrologica Lupiensia» 16, Congedo Editore, Galatina (LE) 2007, pp. 308.
 con i seguenti contributi:

M. Capasso, Premessa.
Abdel Latif Hassan Effendi-S.S. Darwish, Experimental Studies on Some Consolidants used for Cellulosic Manuscripts Conservation (Papyrus and Paper).
M. Capasso-N. Pellé, Il restauro della Charta Borgiana (SB I 5124).
M. Capasso-N. Pellé-Abdel Latif Hassan Effendi, Il restauro dei papiri del Museo Egizio del Cairo: Sedicesima e Diciassettesima Campagna (2007-2008) e il restauro dei papiri dell’Università di Ain Shams (Cairo): Prima e Seconda Campagna (2006 e 2008).
M. Capasso, Una nuova edizione dell’Esilio di Favorino.
A. Capone, Dalla corrispondenza Dziatzko-Vitelli: Terenzio, Lucano e la morte del figlio.
P. Musardo, L’attività doganale a Soknopaiou Nesos.
M.C. Scappaticcio, A proposito della Charta Corneliana.

Schede bibliografiche e recensioni:
P. Radiciotti (con S. Ammirati), Palaeographia Papyrologica. VII (2006-2008).
A. Passoni Dell’Acqua, Biblica in Papyris. VI (2005).
M. Capasso, Rassegna su Soknopaiou Nesos. I (2006-2008)
Papiri della Società Italiana: Volume XV (nn. 1453-1574), a cura di (†) Vittorio Bartoletti e di Guido Bastianini, Gabriella Messeri, Franco Montanari, Rosario Pintaudi, Firenze 2008 (E. Puglia)

Libri ricevuti

Per acquisti:
Congedo Editore: congedojunior@libero.it

«Byblos». Bollettino del Museo Papirologico dell’Università del Salento, 1, Pensa Multimedia, Lecce 2009.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Manichaean papyri arrive in Dublin

Thanks to Ioannis Kokkinidis for this.

REVIEW of Richard Alston, Onno van Nijf (ed.), Feeding the Ancient Greek City.

Richard Alston, Onno van Nijf (ed.), Feeding the Ancient Greek City. Groningen-Royal Holloway Studies on the Greek City after the Classical Age 1. Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2008. Pp. x, 207. ISBN 9789042920378. €75.00.

Reviewed by Brian Rutishauser, Fresno City College (brian.rutishauser@fresnocitycollege.edu)

Richard Alston, Introduction 1

Chapter 1. John Bintliff, Considerations on agricultural scale-economies in the Greco-Roman world 17

Chapter 2. R.J. (Bert) van der Spek, Feeding Hellenistic Seleucia on the Tigris and Babylon 33

Chapter 3. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, 'Grain for Athens'. The view from the Black Sea 47

Chapter 4. Andrea U. De Giorgi, Town and country in Roman Antioch 63

Chapter 5. Laurens E. Tacoma, Urbanisation and access to land in Roman Egypt 85

Chapter 6. Paul Erdkamp, Grain funds and market intervention in the Roman World 109

Chapter 7. Kaja Harter-Uibopuu, Hadrian and the Athenian Oil Law 127

Chapter 8. Christina Kokkinia, Grain for Cibyra. Veranius Philagros and the 'great conspiracy' 143

Chapter 9. Arjan Zuiderhoek, Feeding the Citizens. Municipal grain funds and civic benefactors in the Roman East 159

Harry W. Pleket, Epilogue 181

This is the paragraph relevant for Egypt:
Laurens Tacoma shifts the perspective to Roman Egypt and to the question land ownership by urban dwellers. Egypt possessed over 50 urban centers (although not all had city rights), and evidence from papyri has been used by various scholars to make a wide range of population estimates. Tacoma provides a formula for the calculation of levels of urbanization based on such variables as inhabited area and population density, and calculates a rough level of 20 percent for Egypt overall (a high figure, as the author admits). Land registers from Hermopolis give a figure of just over 25 percent of all cultivable land in the Hermopolite nome being in the hands of inhabitants of the town, making it theoretically possible that the urbanites could feed themselves from the produce of their own holdings--yet the actual proportion of urban landowners was smaller than these numbers would suggest, with a substantial number of them classifiable as smallholders. In the Hermopolite registers most lands in urban hands were also within walking distance of the town center. Lease contracts from Oxyrhynchos show a large number of intra-urban leases, which Tacoma takes as an indication of the existence of a large pool of urban laborers who worked holdings but did not own them. Thus, the number of urban dwellers with "direct access" to local food supplies was very low, and this made large urban centers in Egypt more vulnerable to crises than smaller communities

Monday, September 21, 2009

REVIEW of Bagnall, Early Christian Books in Egypt

There is a brief review of R. BAGNALL, Early Christian Books in Egypt by Peter Head at Evangelical Textual Criticism as well.

Notice of review

A brief summary of Richard Janko's review The Classical Review (59.2, 2009, 403-410) of the ed.pr. of the Artemidorus papyrus, and Canfora's critique by Peter Head at Evangelical Textual Criticism, 9/21/09.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


An Onomasticon of Personal Names found in Documentary Texts
from the Theban Oasis in Graeco-Roman Times
Compiled by R.P. Salomons & K.A. Worp

Leids Papyrologisch Instituut

Saturday, September 12, 2009

First Circular: 26e Congrès international de papyrologie (Genève, 16-21 août 2010)

26th International Congress of Papyrology

First circular
The Congress will take place at the University of Geneva from Monday, August 16 to Saturday, August 21, 2010.
All the relevant information will be accessible on the congress website:
Participants will find on the website necessary information about registration, announcing a contribution, transportation and accommodation.
All correspondence will be sent exclusively by email:

Papers (20 minutes) will fall within the following fields: Collections, preservation and conservation; Literary and semi-literary papyri; Religions (pagan and Christian) and magic; Juristic papyrology; Onomastics, prosopography and topography; Language in the papyri; Social, cultural, and economic history; Palaeography; Herculanensia; Papyrology and Egyptology (Demotic, Coptic); Arabic papyrology; Digital technology and tools; Papyrologists in the field.
Short papers (10 minutes) will be dedicated to presentations discussing a single document, especially a new and interesting papyrus: Documentary papyri (Ptolemaic, Roman, Late Antique); Literary or semi-literary papyri.
Participants will also have the opportunity to present posters; detailed information will be given in the 2nd circular.
Participants who wish to announce a paper, a short paper or a poster are required to submit a title and an abstract (800-1000 signs) to the address papyrocongress2010@unige.ch from now until the end of February 2010, along with specification on the form of presentation desired.
All contributions should be in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian.

During the Congress, we plan to organize a visit to two well-known institutions: the Fondation Bodmer and Bibliotheca Bodmeriana (Cologny, www.fondationbodmer.org), and the Fondation Hardt pour l'étude de l'Antiquité classique (Vandoeuvres, www.fondationhardt.ch).
After the Congress, we plan an excursion (subject to charges) from Saturday afternoon till Sunday; detailed information will be given in the 2nd circular.

Registration for the Congress must be made on-line on the Congress website, from September, 21th until the end of May 2010. People interested in the post-Congress excursion must make a pre-registration when they register for the Congress; the organizers will contact them in due course.
The on-line registration page allows payment by credit card; participants who wish to pay their fees using other payment methods are also required to fill in the registration form. Registration fees:
• preferential fee CHF 250 (about 170 EUR, 240 USD) until the end of April 2010
• regular fee CHF 300 (about 200 EUR, 285 USD) until the end of May 2010
Upon motivated request, students may be granted reduced fees.

The 2nd circular will be posted on the website in october-november 2009. It will contain detailed information about housing, access to Geneva and to the Congress buildings, visits and excursions, along with detailed instructions for contributions.

Scientific committee: Lorenz Baumer, Philippe Borgeaud, Antoine Cavigneaux, Philippe Collombert, Charles Genequand, Andreas Kaplony, Damien Nelis, Enrico Norelli, Pierre Sanchez, Paul Schubert.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

REVIEW of Csaba A. La'da (ed.), Greek Documentary Papyri

Csaba A. La'da (ed.), Greek Documentary Papyri from Ptolemaic Egypt. Corpus Papyrorum Raineri (CPR) Bd. 28. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008. 29.5 x 21 cm. XXII, 229 pages. 1 plate insert. Hardcover. RRP Euro [D] 98.00 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 137.00. ISBN 978-3-11-019523-1 Series: Corpus Papyrorum Raineri (CPR) XXVIII

Reviewed by T. V. Evans, Macquarie University (trevor.evans@mq.edu.au)
Word count: 1756 words

Papyrology has transformed our understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world over the past 130 years, and every new scrap of papyrus has the potential to develop our knowledge still further. This 28th volume in the Corpus Papyrorum Raineri (CPR) series should therefore receive a warm welcome. It introduces to modern scholarship 14 previously unpublished Greek documents of the Ptolemaic period. Csaba La'da's careful editions include transliterations, translations, and detailed commentaries. A sleeve-insert at the end of the volume provides 19 fine plates and illustrates every text.

etc. at BMCR

Friday, September 04, 2009


Expected: August 2009
Cover: CD-rom

Blurb from Brill:
Now it’s easier than ever to start from the latest insights at the outset of any study of Greek papyrus documents. With the advent of the CD-ROM edition of the great Berichtigungsliste der Griechisen Papyruskunden aus Ägypten, all the scholarship in the field, meticulously assembled over eighty years, is instantly accessible using a wide range of quick-search criteria. There is no better, faster, more satisfactory way to ensure a solid grounding in the corrections of readings and datings, as well as supplementary information, as this work has appeared in a wide spectrum of publications. This CD-ROM makes all eleven volumes (1922–2002) of the masterwork available in electronic form. It is the ultimate, complete resource for anyone who makes use of papyrological resources. No scholarly library can afford to be without it.

This product consists of the following titles

. Berichtigungsliste der Griechischen Papyrusurkunden aus Ägypten Band I - XI auf CD-ROM - Institutional License (1-3 users)
. Berichtigungsliste der Griechischen Papyrusurkunden aus Ägypten Band I - XI auf CD-ROM - Individual license (single user)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Eberhard, R., H. Kockelmann, S. Pfeiffer and M. Schentuleit (edd.). "...vor dem Papyrus sind alle gleich!":

Eberhard, Raimar, Holger Kockelmann, Stefan Pfeiffer and Maren Schentuleit (edd.). "...vor dem Papyrus sind alle gleich!": papyrologische Beiträge zu Ehren von Bärbel Kramer (P. Kramer). Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete Beiheft 27. Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. ix, 276 p., 14 p. of plates. $137.00. ISBN 9783110206456.

Die Festschrift enthält rund zwei Dutzend Aufsätze zu unterschiedlichsten Themen aus dem Bereich der griechischen, demotischen sowie koptischen Papyrologie und Epigraphik Ägyptens: Landesverwaltung, Wirtschaft, Vertragswesen, antike Literatur, Tempelweihung, rechtliche Stellung der Frau, griechische Wortkunde und christliches Ägypten. Unter den Beiträgen finden sich sowohl neue Veröffentlichungen von Papyri als auch weiterführende Untersuchungen zu bereits publizierten Dokumenten. Umfangreiche Sach-, Wort- und Quellenindizes ermöglichen eine schnelle Recherche in allen Aufsätzen. Das Buch ist vor allem für Papyrologen, Epigraphiker, Althistoriker und Ägyptologen von Interesse.


This festschrift contains some two dozen papers on variegated topics from the field of papyrology and epigraphy in Graeco-Roman Egypt. The studies deal with aspects of regional administration, the economy, contract law, antique literary works, temple consecration, the legal status of women, Greek vocabulary and Christian Egypt. The papers include both new publications of papyri and more in-depth studies of previously published texts. The book is of particular interest to papyrologists, epigraphers, ancient historians and Egyptologists.

Product Details

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Publication date: 2009
Bibliographic info: 276 pages with 14 plates
Language(s): German

Cover: Cloth
ISBN: 3-11-020645-5
ISBN13: 978-3-11-020645-6