Sunday, November 22, 2015

Papyri at the SBL (Atlanta)

Christian Apocrypha; Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
Joint Session With: Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds, Christian Apocrypha
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: International 4 (International Level) - Marriott
Theme: Papyrus Fragments of Apocryphal Writings: How Were They Used?
Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Presiding (5 min)

Geoff S. Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Preliminary Report on the “Willoughby Papyrus” of the Gospel of John and an Unidentified Christian Text (25 min)

Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University
The Textual History of the Greek Book of the Watchers: Contextual Clues from Translation and the Value of Variant Readings (25 min)

Ross P. Ponder, University of Texas at Austin
A New Transcription of P. Oxy. 5072: Observations from a Recent Autopsy Analysis (25 min)

Thomas A. Wayment, Brigham Young University
The Interaction between Apocrypha and Canon: A Case Study of Oxyrhynchus (25 min)

AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University, Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)

Provenance in an eBay World: Does the Provenance of Ancient Artifacts Matter?
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 303 (Level 3) - Hilton
Theme: Hosted by the Student Advisory Board
From Gospel of John papyrus fragments appearing on eBay to debates surrounding the origins of modern fragments (e.g., the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, or the new Sappho fragments), the provenance of antiquities has emerged as a challenging issue for scholars and students who work with material culture. This session aims to illuminate some of the stakes around the debate for graduate students. The panel will examine issues of working on materials kept in public and private collections, and highlight the individuals and institutions who are working to create policies and practices that address the issue of provenance. As of now, SBL has no formal policy on the provenance of antiquities, but is actively formulating one. It is the hope of the panel that graduate students will find this panel to be a networking opportunity and source of support for their future academic work.

Ross P. Ponder, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding
Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Panelist
Brice C. Jones, Concordia University - Université Concordia, Panelist
Robert Kraft, University of Pennsylvania, Panelist
Christine M. Thomas, University of California-Santa Barbara, Panelist
Sofia Torallas Tovar, University of Chicago, Panelist

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
1:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: Inman (Atlanta Conference Level) - Hyatt

Theme: Miscellanea Papyrologica
Lincoln Blumell, Brigham Young University, Presiding

Michael Theophilos, Australian Catholic University
Marginalia in New Testament Greek Papyri: Implications for Scribal Practice and Textual Transmission (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University
Demography, Onomastics, and the Christian Population of Oxyrhynchus in the Third and Fourth Centuries (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Hans Foerster, Universität Wien
The Semantic Web of sêmeion and Papyrology (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Break (5 min)

Wally V. Cirafesi, McMaster University
Rethinking P.Hev/Se 13 and P.Yadin 18 and the Social and Legal Contexts of Mark 10:12 (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Matthias H. O. Schulz, Universität Wien
Where Past and Present Meet: Papyri and Parchments Illuminating Coptic-Orthodox Liturgical Traditions (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: International 10 (International Level) - Marriott
Theme: The Hellenistic Context of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Hindy Najman, University of Oxford, Presiding
Benedikt Eckhardt, Universität Bremen
The “Semitic thiasos”: Reconsidering a Model (30 min)

Kimberley Czajkowski, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Literacy and Law in the Documentary Finds from the Judaean Desert (30 min)

Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa
Jerusalem and Alexandria: Greek Text Criticism and Judean Biblical Texts (30 min)

Armin Lange, Universität Wien
The Textual Standardization of the Hebrew Bible and Alexandrian Scholarship (30 min)

Pieter B. Hartog, KU Leuven
Pesher and Hypomnema: The Dead Sea Scrolls Commentaries in Their Hellenistic-Roman Context (30 min)

Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies; Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
Joint Session With: Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies, Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: International A (International Level) - Marriott
Theme: Papyrology and Digital Humanities
Caroline T. Schroeder, University of the Pacific, Presiding
Stephen J. Davis, Yale University
Manuscripts, Monks, and Mufattishin: Digital Access and Concerns of Cultural Heritage in the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (30 min)

Roger T. Macfarlane, Brigham Young University
Damaged Papyri Rendered Accessible Through MultiSpectral Imaging: An Update and Prospectus (30 min)

Rodney Ast, University of Heidelberg
A Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (30 min)

Claire Clivaz, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Does Any Fragment Count? Considering the Digital Culture from a Papyrological Point of View (30 min)

Laurie E. Pearce, University of California-Berkeley
Digital Tools Supporting Prosopographical Research in Texts and Manuscripts (30 min)
Book History and Biblical Literatures
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: M102 (Marquis Level) - Marriott
Theme: Paratexts
Eva Mroczek, University of California-Davis, Presiding

Liv I. Lied, Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet
Do Paratexts Matter? Transmission, Re-Identification, and New Philology (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Francis Borchardt, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong
The Prologue to Sirach and the "Book" of Sirach in a Chain of Text Traditions (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Eric Scherbenske, Independent Scholar
“In Other Copies”: Transmitting and Negotiating Textual Variation on the Margins (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Gregory Fewster, University of Toronto
From Paul's Letter Collection to the Euthalian Apparatus: An Archival Perspective on Pauline Paratexts (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University
Text and Paratext in Documentary Papyri from Roman Egypt (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Discussion (25 min)

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
4:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Room: International 9 (International Level) - Marriott
Theme: Biblical and Early Christian Manuscripts
Peter Arzt-Grabner, Universität Salzburg, Presiding

Lincoln H. Blumell, Brigham Young University
A New New Testament Papyrus in the J. Rendel Harris Collection (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Brent Nongbri, Macquarie University
A Lost Leaf of P.Bodmer XIII and the Construction of the Bodmer "Composite" or "Miscellaneous" Codex (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Peter Malik, University of Cambridge
A Fresh Look at P.Beatty III (P47): Towards an Integrative Study of an Early Christian Codex (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Break (5 min)

Charles E. Hill, Reformed Theological Seminary
Textual Division in Early Gospel Manuscripts Part II: Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with Some Further

Reflections on the Numbering System in Vaticanus (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Don Barker, Macquarie University
P.Oxy. 7.1007 Christian or Jewish? (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Call for Papers: Digital Approaches and the Ancient World

Digital Approaches and the Ancient World
A themed issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies

Gabriel Bodard (University of London)
Yanne Broux (KU Leuven)
Ségolène Tarte (University of Oxford)

Call for papers:
We invite colleagues all around the world and at all stages of their careers to submit papers on the topic of “Digital Approaches and the Ancient World” to a themed issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. The topic is to be construed as widely as possible, to include not only the history, archaeology, language, literature and thought of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean world, but also of antiquity more widely, potentially including, for example, South and East Asian, Sub-Saharan African or Pre-Columbian American history. Digital approaches may also vary widely, to include methodologies from the digital humanities and information studies, quantitative methods from the hard sciences, or other innovative and transdisciplinary themes.

Papers will be fully peer reviewed and selected for inclusion based not only on their research quality and significance, but especially on their ability to engage profoundly both with classics/history academic readers, and scholars from digital or informatic disciplines. We are keen to see papers that clearly lay out their disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches, and present and interpret the full range of scholarly and practical outcomes of their research.

We encourage the use of and direct reference to open online datasets in your papers. BICS is not currently an open access publication, but self-archiving of pre-press papers is permitted, and the editors believe in the transparency and accountability that comes with basing scientific work on open data.

To submit an article to this themed issue, please send your full paper of 4,000–8,000 words in Microsoft Word doc, docx or rtf format, to <>, along with a 150 word abstract, by January 31, 2016. You do not need to follow BICS style for the initial submission, but please note that the final version of accepted articles will need to be formatted to adhere to our style guide (

If you have any questions about this issue, please feel free to contact any of the editors informally.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Autobiographies of scholars of the greater Ancient Near East

I have initiated a new blog focusing on my Autobiography project:

The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography

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For the working bibliography See now Here