When you tell your daughters that you collect images of Jonah and they send you one from a Basilica

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Pretty cool kids... It's always been my conjecture that the Dura Europos Baptistry had images of Jonah present as a representation of the 3-day Resurrection event in a Jewish/Chritian context. There were depictions of Adam and Eve in the Baptistry area (along with Jesus as the Good Shepherd as well as other common representations from … Continue reading When you tell your daughters that you collect images of Jonah and they send you one from a Basilica

Show and Tell: Handling Art at the Wurtele Center

My time with the incredible finds from Dura Europos at the Yale University Art Gallery are some of my fondest memories... Walking alongside the shelves, one can step from intricate African sculptures to ancient Greek vases to Chinese porcelain to a collection of Picasso ceramics. Opposite the entrance and behind glass display cases are a … Continue reading Show and Tell: Handling Art at the Wurtele Center

Destroying Dura Europos

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A Greek settlement on the Euphrates not far from Syria's border with Iraq, Dura-Europos later became one of Rome's easternmost outposts. It housed the world's oldest known Christian church, a beautifully decorated synagogue, and many other temples and Roman-era buildings. Satellite imagery shows a cratered landscape inside the city's mud-brick walls, evidence of widespread destruction by … Continue reading Destroying Dura Europos

Dura Europos Looting and Devastation Update

Tragic. "There is a complete and massive change to this site," Wolfinbarger says, comparing the pre-war images to those collected in 2014 of the renowned archaeological treasure. British soldiers discovered Dura Europus in the 1920s. They hit on the wall of the ancient city while digging a trench during World War I. Excavation revealed a … Continue reading Dura Europos Looting and Devastation Update

Dura Europos as a “Moonscape of Craters”

More sadness regarding ISIS and looting at Dura Europos in Syria... “I am fearful that there will be mass looting as in Syria,” said Katharyn Hanson, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Heritage Centre and a specialist in Mesopotamian archaeology, who is visiting Erbil. She says that Nineveh, Nimrud and other cities of … Continue reading Dura Europos as a “Moonscape of Craters”

Why We Should Care About Archaeological Destruction

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This is terrible... The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed, according to the Associated Press. The destructions are part of a campaign by Islamic State, who have destroyed a number of … Continue reading Why We Should Care About Archaeological Destruction

Yale’s Religious Treasures

My masters degree in religion is from Yale, and it's great to see the religious treasures there highlighted. However, I can't believe the Dura Europos baptistry (from the earliest house church we've recovered and one of the first depictions of Jesus we have) didn't make the list (the Mithraeum did, though... which is also spectacular). … Continue reading Yale’s Religious Treasures

Links and the Persistance of Memories

Doc Searls riffing off of Dave Winer's post about the history of podcasts here… Doc Searls Weblog · Why durable links matter: "We can find these historic details because links have at least a provisional permanence to them. They are, literally, paths to locations. Thanks to those, we can document the history we make, and learn from … Continue reading Links and the Persistance of Memories

Of Pig Bones and Pillars: Why Josiah Matters

As much as I'm drawn to Dura Europos, the interesting convergence of narrative interpretation, post-colonial criticism and historical authenticities surrounding the study of 7th and 6th century Judah as played out in the Deuteronomistic "History" of Joshua thru II Kings (and Jeremiah and parts of Hosea, Genesis, etc) is too fascinating to avoid. I really … Continue reading Of Pig Bones and Pillars: Why Josiah Matters

Long Term v. Short Term

thomaswhitley: Welcome guest blogger, Sam Harrelson. I recently shared this article with him about a scholarly journal that is going to begin requiring its authors to post a summary of their research to the online encyclopdia, Wikipedia, an interesting idea, indeed. I then shared with him this response by Jim West, who vehemently disagrees with … Continue reading Long Term v. Short Term