Monday, June 13, 2022

Online Aramaic Curriculum

I wanted to draw people's attention to the fact that John Ma and Christopher Tulpin put online a useful introduction to Imperial Aramaic as part of their Arshama project.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Nongbri - The Ethics of Publication: Papyrology

Brent Nongbri has published a thought-provoking piece on the The Ethics of Publication in Papyrology. He gives a balanced survey of the arguments of various positions and urges more caution and consideration by papyrologists on whether and how to publish unprovenanced papyri.

Maniaci - Trends in Statistical Codicology

Marilena Maniaci has edited an open access volume entitled Trends in Statistical Codicology, which is a helpful compendium of codicological articles on medieval Greek and Latin manuscripts. The contents include:


Marilena Maniaci

Introduction: Statistical Codicology. Principles, Directions, Perspectives

Forms and typologies

Marilena Maniaci

The Structure of Atlantic Bibles

Chiara Ruzzier

The Miniaturisation of Bible Manuscripts in the 13th Century: A Comparative


Michel Trigalet

Making a Count of Hagiographic Books. Quantitative Aspects of the Production

and Dissemination of Latin Hagiographic Literature (2nd–15th Centuries)

Materials and tools

Marilena Maniaci

Parchment in Byzantine Manuscripts of the 11th and 12th Centuries:

Characteristics and Use

Ezio Ornato

Watermarks Galore. Observations on the Number and Homogeneity of Papers

Used in Manuscripts and Incunabula

Ezio Ornato

An Experiment in Dating Documents through the Analysis of Watermarks: The

Letter ‘P’ in Incunabula of the Low Countries

Manufacturing techniques

Paola Busonero

Quiring in Manuscripts of the Late Middle Ages

Marilena Maniaci

The Art of Not Quartering Skins: Techniques Employed for the Subdivision of

Bifolia in Byzantine Manuscripts

Denis Muzerelle

The Arithmetic Properties of Lineation in Humanistic Manuscripts

Marilena Maniaci

The ‘Non-Unitary’ Greek Codex: Typologies and Terminology

Denis Muzerelle and Ezio Ornato

The Third Dimension of the Book: Codicological Aspects of Multi-


Layout and text formatting

Marilena Maniaci

Canons and ‘Recipes’ for the Layout of the Medieval Book: New Observations

and Verifications

Marilena Maniaci

Divergences between the East and the West in the Construction and

Management of the Written Space: General Principles and Specific


Luciana Devoti

A Medieval Puzzle. The ‘Architecture’ of the Page in Manuscripts and

Incunabula of the Codex Justinianus

Marilena Maniaci

Words within Words : Layout Strategies in Some Glossed Manuscripts of the


Marilena Maniaci

At the End of the Line: Text Continuity and the Division of Words in Byzantine


Scripts and scribes

Frank M. Bischoff

The Rhythm of the Scribe: A Serial Analysis of the Density of Writing in the

Gospels of Henry the Lion

Denis Muzerelle

The Scribe’s Gesture and its ‘Shadow’: An Essay on the ‘Modular Ratio’ of


Lucien Reynhout

Quantitative Codicology and Scientific Paradigms. A Typology of Latin

Formulae in the Colophons of Western Manuscripts

Denis Muzerelle

Concerning the (Re)discovery of French Scriptoria: The Contribution of the

‘Catalogue of Dated Manuscripts’

HT Agade

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Editorial Techniques in the Hebrew Bible

Reinhard Müller and Juha Pakkala have published a new book on editorial techniques in the Hebrew Bible, continuing their agenda of refining literary-critical criteria based on documented examples. Go to the link for bibliographic information and front matter.

Abstract from publisher's website:

Editorial Techniques in the Hebrew Bible: Toward a Refined Literary Criticism presents and applies a model for understanding and reconstructing the diachronic development of the Hebrew Bible through historical criticism (or the historical-critical method). Reinhard Müller and Juha Pakkala refine the methodologies of literary and redaction criticism through a systematic investigation of the evidence of additions, omissions, replacements, and transpositions that are documented by divergent ancient textual traditions. At stake is not only historical criticism but also the Hebrew Bible as a historical source, for historical criticism has been and continues to be the only method to unwind those scribal changes that left no traces in textual variants.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Moore on Aramaic Papyrus Fragments in Berlin

James Moore has just released his open access monograph publishing many new documentary papyrus fragments from Elephantine in the Berlin collection. In addition to the editions themselves, he provides helpful reviews of the literature, paleographic analysis, and indices.