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About larryhurtado

I'm a scholar in New Testament and Christian Origins, currently Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology in the University of Edinburgh (since 1996), and previously Professor in the Department of Relgiion, University of Manitoba.

Another “New Documents” Volume


(Larry Hurtado):  The latest in the series, “New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity,” produced by the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre in Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) has appeared, Volume 10, edited by S. R. Llewelyn and J. R. Harrison (published by Eerdmans).  Each volume in the series is a valuable collection of notices of publications on inscriptions, papyri and other artefacts that cast any light on early Christianity and/or its historical setting.  As well, there are typically valuable review-essays that gather up information, providing considered syntheses of matters.  Volume 10 includes sections on “Philosophy”, “Magic”, “Cult and Oracle”, “Public Life:  Caesarian Accession”, “Public Life:  Benefaction and Business”, “Household”, “Judaica”, and “Christianity”, some 29 entries in all.  Recommended!


Early Christian Art: Yale Dura Europos Frescoes


(Larry Hurtado): I pass on a notice (from Rod Mullen) that Yale University Art Gallery has completed a renovation and among items on display are frescoes from the Dura Europos baptistry (3rd cent CE). They have also now posted online images of these frescoes: here.

You can search for specific images by using the following numbers:

1932.1200   -Good Shepherd with Adam and Eve
1932.1201a   -Women at the Tomb, left side
1932.1201b   -Women at the Tomb, center
1932.1201c   -Women at the Tomb, right side
1932.1202   -Christ healing the paralytic
1932.1203   -Christ walking on water
1932.1204.1a   -David and Goliath
1932.1204.2   -Woman at the well
Fully updated images will appear by about February next year, and higher resolution images may be obtained from

New Online Journal


(I forward the following notice of a new online review journal that will be of interest to all readers):
The Enoch Seminar, an academic association of specialists in the field of
Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins since 2001, has developed its
website into an online Journal, Enoch Seminar Online (ESO), where
subscribers have complete access to all papers presented at the meetings of
the Enoch Seminar. A new open access feature has now been added, an online
book review service, Reviews of the Enoch Seminar (RES). The primary aim of
RES is to publish timely book reviews of current scholarship on Jews and
Christians in antiquity, with a particular interest in Jewish and Christian
history, literature, and culture between the Babylonian Exile and the
Bar-Kokhba revolt. The advantage of our digital, online format includes the
capacity to streamline reviews quickly from composition to publication,
providing timely access to reviews of some of the latest, cutting-edge
research in the field. The comment feature has the added potential of
transforming the typically static book review into a stimulant for ongoing
intellectual conversation. We warmly invite you to browse our web page at
the link above, peruse the current reviews posted, and to consider
contributing to this exciting new intellectual venture. You may also find
the initial batch of published e-reviews at the following links:

Rebecca Denova on J. Harold Ellens, The Son of Man in the Gospel of John

Isaac Oliver on Albert I. Baumgarten (et al.), eds., Halakhah in Light of

Jonathan Henry on Steven Fraade, Legal Fictions: Studies in Law and
Narrative in the Discursive Worlds of Ancient Jewish Sectarians and Sages

Jason von Ehrenkrook on Catherine Hezser, ed., The Oxford Handbook of
Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Reviews Editor: Jason von Ehrenkrook, University of Pittsburgh
Reviews Associate Editor: Isaac W. Oliver, University of Michigan

Founding Director of Enoch Seminar Online: Gabriele Boccaccini, University
of Michigan

Coming Events to Note


If you click on the “Events” tab, you’ll note several upcoming events to note. I underscore them here in chronological order:
–On 05 October CSCO will link up with a special conference being held in United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio) on “Jesus, Criteria, andt he Demise of Authenticity.” This conference, organized by Anthony LeDonne and Chris Keith, will feature presentations by several major scholars in “historical Jesus” research. On the Friday afternoon (UK time), we’ll attempt a live weblink that (hopefully, if technology fails us not) will allow us here to hear and even contribute to the discussion.
–On 08 October, the first (annual) Kennedy-Wright Lecture will be given by Professor Timothy Barnes (emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Toronto; Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh): “Progress in Scholarship: The Interpretation of Constantine since the Reformation”. The lecture will be given at 4 p.m., Martin Hall, New College.
–Looking much farther ahead, CSCO will host a conference on “Peter in Earliest Christianity”, 4-6 July 2013 here in New College. Check out the notice on the “Events” tab for details. Registration will be limited, so book early (and the price goes up for late booking!). The conference will include invited presentations from major scholars and also other selected papers. For further information, email:

New Volume on Luke-Acts


One of our most recent PhD graduates, Sean Adams, co-edited (with Michael Pahl) a newly-published multi-author volume on the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles on that will be of interest especially to advanced students and other serious readers:  Issues in Luke-Acts:  Selected Essays (Piscataway, NJ:  Gorgias Press, 2012).

The various contributions address pretty much all the major issues in recent/current scholarly discussion about “Luke-Acts”:  Authorship, Unity of Luke-Acts, Text, Sources, Genre, Narrative character, Use of the Old Testament, the Speeches in Acts, Pneumatology, Christoloty in Acts, the Paul of Acts, Patristic reception of Luke & Acts, and Luke-Acts and “Early Catholicism”.

Contributors include several recent and current PhD students:  Dieter Roth (“The Text of Luke and Acts”), Brandon Drowe (“The Sources for Luke and Acts”), Sean Adams (The Genre of Luke and Acts”), and Karl Shuve (“The Patristic Reception of Luke and Acts,” with special reference to Origen and Chrysostom).  Congratulations to Sean, who commences his British Academy Postdoctoral post here in September.