Σάββατο, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Το τρέχον τεύχος του JBR / The current issue of JBR

Journal of the Bible and its Reception 4:2 (2017)

  • Nathan MacDonald, "The Bible in America and Britain at War," 175-180 (abstract)
  • Cindy Wesley, "Making the Bible Safe for Democracy: American Methodists and the First World War," 181-192 (abstract)
  • Charlotte Methuen, " 'The Bible is the Word of God.… What does it Tell us About War?'," 193-206 (abstract)
  • Andrew Mein, "Bishops, Baby-Killers and Broken Teeth: Psalm 58 and the Air War," 207-224 (abstract)
  • Ian M. Randall, "'All War is Contrary to the Mind of Christ:' The Bible and the Fellowship of Reconciliation," 225-246 (abstract)
  • Michael Snape, "The Bible and the British and American Armed Forces in Two World Wars," 246-286 (abstract)
  • Eric Michael Reisenauer, "'The Merchants of Tarshish, with all the Young Lions Thereof.' The British Empire, Scripture Prophecy, and the War of Armageddon, 1914–1918," 287-318 (abstract)
  • Alana M. Vincent, "Ecclesiasticus, War Graves, and the Secularization of British Values," 319-329 (abstract)

Θεσσαλονίκη: το παρελθόν της ξαναζωντανεύει / Thessaloniki: the city's past comes to life



Σε ημερίδα που πραγματοποιήθηκε χτες, 23.2.2018, αρχαιολόγοι παρουσίασαν τα ευρήματα που ήρθαν στο φως με αφορμή την κατασκευή του μετρό της πόλης. Διαβάστε το ενδιαφέρον φωτορεπορτάζ με αφορμή τη χτεσινή ημερίδα: 


Εnglish version: 
(Information and photos from www.thestival.gr)
During a conference archaeologists presented the findings from the recent excavations in the city underground construction sites. The artifacts and the buildings that came to light are really impressive and they contribute to the reconstruction of the urban landscape of Thessaloniki from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine times. 

1. Pre-cassandrian settlement - Roman cemetery at the outskirts of the city (Pylaia)

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Part of the pre-cassandrian town (5th-4th c. CE).
In 2012 a pre-cassandrian settlement dated in the 4th c. BCE. was found in the area of Pylaia According to the reports it was a thriving town organized on the basis of the Hippodamian system. Its life ended in 315 BCE when Cassander founded the city of Thessaloniki. 

In the same area archeologists found part of a Roman cemetery (2nd-4th c. CE) and the traces of a settlement of the Roman times at the outskirts of Thessaloniki.

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Aspect of the Roman cemetery in Pylaia
(2nd-4th c. CE)



























2. The eastern cemetery of the city
At the underground station "Syntrivani" in front of the University Campus part of the eastern cemetery of the city was excavated. At same site archaeologists found the remains of a three-aisle cemetery basilica along with traces of an older building decorated with mosaics. Moreover, 3,000 artifacts came to light, various types of graves, coins, jewels as well as numerous vessels. 

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The basilica of eastern cemetery. 

3. The urban landscape

The city was organized on the basis of the Hippodamian system (horizontal and vertical roads). Despite some minor reconstructions this system was preserved in the Roman times as well.

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Houses of the Hellenistic period at the Hagia Sophia underground station.
During the 4th c. CE porticos with shops and big impressive buildings were built along the streets. In the same period a Nymphaeum was constructed north of the decumanus at the junction with the cardo that is now Hagia Sophia Street. 
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Nymphaeum at the Hagia Sophia underground station. 
In the 6th c. a major reconstruction of the centre of the city takes place. The marble paved decumanus was widened and some of the older buildings along this road are replaced by squares at the main crossroads of the city. 
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Part of the decumanus excavated at Venizelou underground station.
This is the case of the two squares found at the Hagia Sophia station.

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Marble paved square. Hagia Sophia underground station, south entrance.
The archaeological findings attest that in Late Antiquity Thessaloniki was still an important city with impressive buildings in the city centre. The construction of the underground stations along Egnatia street that coincides with the route of the Avenue or Middle Street of the Byzantine times brought to light the Byzantine pebble paved main street that replaced the ancient decumanus (width 5.5-6.5 m.). Many new roads were constructed defining the insulae of the city. However, in the urban centre older public buildings were replaced by houses and shops over time. Many of these houses and shops have come to light during the excavations along Egnatia street.
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The two Byzantine squares excavated at the Hagia Sophia underground station.

4. The western cemetery of the city
The underground station in the western part of the city are in fact located outside the western walls of the city. The excavations there brought to light findings that provide information about the area from the 3rd c. BCE till modern times. Two important factors define the structure of this area: via Egnatia (not to be confused with modern Egnatia strees of the city that follows the route of the ancient  decumanus) and the various streams of the area. 
Parts of the ancient road that led out of the Golden Gate of the city and along the western cemetery have been already found in the area of the Monastiriou street.
Part of the western cemetery also came to light during the construction of the Dimokratias underground station and at the New Rail Station of the city. 

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Southern and northern part of the cemetery. Dimokratias underground station.
This cemetery developed along the northern side of the road that led out of the city. It contains various grave types and funerary altars usually in small enclosures where funerary rites and offerings took place. Marble sarcophagi and grave buildings dated from the 2nd to the 4th c. CE came to light. It seems that this cemetery was in use from the Hellenistic times and till the 4th c. CE when churches and Christian martyria are constructed there. In later times and especially in the 6th c. the cemetery is seldom used for burials.

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Votings from graves in the western cemetery.

5. The western exurban area
The construction of the Dimokratias underground station in the area outside the Golden Gate of the ancient city led to the excavation of large state storehouses of wine and oil and of workshops dated in the 5th c. In the 5th c. a church was built on the ruins of the oil storehouse with an adjacent grave construction. By the end of the 6th or beginning of the 7th c. CE the church was destroyed and the area was abandoned (with an exception of a few burials in the 6th c.).

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The remains of the storehouses along the route of the road that led outside the city
and though the Golden Gate. Dimokratias underground station.

Παρασκευή, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Το τρέχον τεύχος του DSD / The current issue of DSD

Dead Sea Discoveries 24:3 (2017)

  • Pieter B. Hartog - Jutta Jokiranta, "The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Hellenistic Context," 339-355 (abstract)
  • Benjamin G. Wright, "Were the Jews of Qumran Hellenistic Jews?," 356-377 (abstract)
  • Dennis Mizzi, "From the Judaean Desert to the Great Sea: Qumran in a Mediterranean Context," 378-406 (abstract)
  • Benedikt Eckhardt, "Temple Ideology and Hellenistic Private Associations," 407-423 (abstract)
  • Hanna Tervanotko, "Reading God’s Will? Function and Status of Oracle Interpreters in Ancient Jewish and Greek Texts," 424-446 (abstract)
  • Mladen Popović, "Reading, Writing, and Memorizing Together: Reading Culture in Ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls in a Mediterranean Context," 447-470 (abstract)

Πέμπτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Θανατική ποινή και Ρωμαίοι / The capital sentece and Romans

Στην ιστοσελίδα The Bible and Interpertation ο Mark D. Smith δημοσιεύει ένα σύντομο κείμενο για τη θανατική ποινή στο ρωμαϊκό κόσμο και ειδικότερα για τον σταυρικό θάνατο: 

Ένα νέο άρθρο στο τρέχον τεύχος του HTS / A new article in the current issue of HTS

Hervomde Teologiese Studies 74:4 (2018)

Pieter M. Venter, "The dissolving of marriages in Ezra 9–10 and Nehemiah 13 revisited"

Το τρέχον τεύχος του RB / The current issue of RB

Revue Biblique 124:4 (2017)

  • Adrian Schenker, "Texte massorétique et grec ancien en 2 S 7,11.16; 1 Ch 17,10.14: À propos d'une étude récente de critique textuelle," 481 - 489 (abstract)
  • Sophie Ramond, "L'expérience du temps éprouvé et le registre sapientiel du Psaume 39," 490 - 506 (abstract)
  • Gad Barnea, "Grammar Serving Theology: 'Εἰς' and the Markan Baptism Narrative," 507 - 528 (abstract)
  • Daniela Scialabba, "La citation de Jn 6,31: À la lumière des traditions vétérotestamentaires sur l'Exode," 529 - 544 (abstract)
  • Ronny Reich, "The Archaeological Manifestation of Jerusalem as the Jewish Temple-City in the Early Roman (= Second Temple) Period," 545 - 567 (abstract)
  • David M. Jacobson, "A New Discovery at Machaerus Shines Light on Herod's Temple," 568 - 583 (abstract)
  • Christophe Rico, "Les noms de la forme en grec: À propos de Ph 2,6," 584 - 592

Στο τρέχον τεύχος του ExpT / In the current issue of ExpT

Expository Times 129:3

  • Paul K. Moser, "Theodicy, Christology, and Divine Hiding: Neutralizing the Problem of Evil," 191-200 (abstract)
  • Robert W. Thurston, "The Thessalonians Debate Revisited," 201-209 (abstract)
  • Paul Foster, "Eyewitnesses Re-Examined," 210-212

Τετάρτη, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Στο τρέχον τεύχος του ETL /In the current issue of ETL

Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 93:4 (2017)

  • Andreas Lindemann, "The Resurrection of Jesus: Reflections on Historical and Theological Questions," 557 - 579 (abstract)
  • Piet Farla, "'Christ Replaces the Law, - but Israel Remains the People of God': The Rhetorical Dispositio of Romans 1,13-11,36," 581 - 632 (abstract)
  • Geert van Oyen, "Lire l'évangile selon Marc au 21e siècle: Méthode et sens:  Rapport du 66e Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (26-28 juillet 2017)," 657 - 669 (abstract)
  • Raúl Villega Marín, "Asceticism and Exegetical Authority in John Cassian's Conference 23," 671 - 684 (abstract)

Tο τρέχον τεύχος του JECH / The current issue of JECH

Journal of Early Christian History 7:2 (2017)

  • Ronald H. van der Bergh, "A Thematic and Chronological Analysis of the Reception of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1–11) in the First Five Centuries CE," 1-16 (abstract)
  • Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, "Prophecy in Origen: Between Scripture and Philosophy," 17-39 (abstract)
  • Bryan Beeckman, "Traces of Proverbs in Patristic Writings: Tracing Back Proverbs’ Greek Rendered Hebrew hapax legomena in the Commentary on the Book of Proverbs Attributed to John Chrysostom," 40-53 (abstract)
  • Christoph Stenschke, "'Enabling Conditions' in the Conflicts of Acts 1–8:3," 54-86 (abstract)

Στο τρέχον τεύχος του ZAC / In the current issue of ZAC

Zeitchrift für antikes Christentum 21:3 (2017)

Pârvan, Alexandra, "Revelation 20:12–15: Augustine on the “book of life,” and the conflicting picture of predestination in De civitate dei 20,14–15," 472-495 (abstract)