Another of our recent PhD graduates, John R. Markley, has had his thesis published in a respected monograph series: John R. Markley, Peter–Apocalyptic Seer (WUNT 2.348; Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. Congratulations, John!
The focus of the book is on the question of whether/how the portrayal of Peter in the Gospel of Matthew was shaped by the apocalyptic genre. Markley argues affirmatively, proposed that in Matthew the figure of Peter is presented as more than a disciple and positive or negative example, but also as an exclusive recipient of revelation of Jesus’ significance.
My colleague, Paul Foster, acted as primary supervisor for the thesis (and has a good reputation for guiding PhD students to success in their work).
The CSCO team is pleased to announce that the Kennedy-Wright Opening lecture will be give this year by Professor Judith Lieu, Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge on Monday 7th October at 4 pm in the Martin Hall, New College. Prof Lieu will speak on ‘Marcion and the Corruption of the Gospel.’ The event will be followed by a wine reception. As always, all are welcome!
Dr. Ken Dark, who gave us some informative sessions earlier this year, has now made headlines with his proposal that he may have identified the site of Dalmanutha, mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. The story in Huffington Post appears here.
I’m delighted to be able now to release news of a truly important project completed: The completion of the digital photographing of the remarkable cache of ancient papyri housed in the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin). These papyri include portions of biblical manuscripts that are among the earliest extant, both OT and NT writings, and many other extra-canonical texts as well.
I approached the CBL earlier this year about this, and the CBL Director, Dr. Fionnuala Croke, enthusiastically agreed to take the project forward. On my recommendation, it was given to Dr. Daniel Wallace and his team in the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (Dallas, Texas). You can read his press-release on the CSNTSM here.
Perusing the current Mohr Siebeck catalogue, I’ve just noticed that our own Dr. Margaret Williams has a new book out (she’s too modest to have mentioned it): Jews in a Graeco-Roman Environment (Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013; ISBN 978-3-16-151901-7).
This is mainly a collection of essay-length studies previously published in a variety of journals and multi-author works, most of them based on epigraphical evidence and dealing with the Jewish Diaspora in the Graeco-Roman period. The essays include discussions of the Jewish community in Rome (history, burial practices, organisation), other Jewish settlements in the Roman world (including Aphrodisias, Corycus and Venusia), Jewish naming practices (including use of alternate names, the formation of fesetal names, and the increasing preference in Late Antiquity for Hebrew names).
In a framing introductory essay, Dr. Williams engages the reception of these studies among scholars, and she notes any changes in the evidence arising from re-editing of inscriptions.
We’re pleased to have Dr. Williams as a member of CSCO, and I congratulate her on this new publication of a body of her scholarly work.