Martin Goodman, "The politics of Judaea in the 50s CE: the use of the New Testament," 225-236
In an article in JJS LXVIII:2 (Autumn 2017), Peter Tomson took issue with my arguments against the traditional view that the politics of Judaea witnessed an increase in tension between Jews and Gentiles in the 50s CE. In responding to Tomson, this study examines in particular the New Testament texts he cites in support of the traditional view and enquires more generally into the value of the New Testament as evidence for Judaean politics in this period, with a close investigation, in particular, into the significance of Galatians 6:12 and the depiction of Agrippa II in the Acts of the Apostles.
Emmanuel Mastey, "Some unique lexica in the Jerusalem Talmud," 237-255
The article discusses a few Hebrew words and meanings unique to the Jerusalem Talmud: (1) A newly discovered version – הגנגמ – is suggested to have been derived from a Greek word meaning ‘to mumble’. (2) The verb תפטפטמ in connection with sunrise is examined in light of a possible Syriac cognate; another solution, based on a rare Hebrew verb, is also presented. (3) The word םיִנַיבֵּ as found in a specific context is explained on the basis of a parallel Tosefta as signifying an architectural item. Two of the findings are supported particularly by their attestations in manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah (T-S NS 329.343 and Antonin 324). As is often the case, the Genizah manuscripts record the text of the Jerusalem Talmud more authentically than other manuscripts.