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Once more I want to recommend the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, especially for anyone with an interest in ancient history and literature, the Bible, or early Christianity.  The review articles and books reviewed are mainly in English, German, French, and Italian (more or less in that order).   I look forward reading, for example, Ramsay MacMullen’s, The Second Church. Popular Christianity A.D. 200-400 (review).

Here is an excerpt from a review posted today:

Markus Handy, Projektmitarbeiter an der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, hat die überarbeitete Fassung seiner im Jahr 2006 erschienenen Dissertation mit dem Titel “Die Severer und das Heer” in der wissenschaftlichen Reihe Studien zur Alten Geschichte Bd. 10 vorgelegt.

Als Einführung in die Themenstellung erläutert Handy die Methodik und die einzelnen Themenschwerpunkte, wobei er in einem kurzen Abriss im Rahmen der Literaturdiskussion die literarischen, epigraphischen und numismatischen Quellen vorstellt und auf die Problematik der Authentizität und Objektivität der literarischen Quellen des dritten und vierten Jahrhunderts verweist.

Die Untersuchung ist übersichtlich gegliedert in 4 Kapitel jeweils nach den Themata “Der Kaiser als Soldat”, “Das Heer als Machtfaktor”, “Heerespolitik” sowie “Die Severer und das Heer im Spiegel der Münzen”. Hierbei werden chronologisch die Kaiser der severischen Dynastie, nämlich der Dynastiegründer Septimius Severus (193-211), Caracalla (211-217), Macrinus (217-218), Elagabal (218-222) und Severus Alexander (222-235), mit dessen gewaltsamem Tode das Geschlecht sein Ende findet, entsprechend der biographischen und prosopographischen Hintergründe ihres militärischen Wirkens analysiert und interpretiert.  (Review by Jochen Lückoff of Markus Handy, Die Severer und das Heer ).

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Students of the New Testament and early Christianity may find the Bryn Mawr Classical Review helpful. Somehow a while back I subscribed to receive the reviews (free) via email. I get four or five some days, and don’t always have time to read them all. In a general sense everything about classical Greek and Latin literature and language has some bearing on understanding the NT, but many of the books reviewed relate directly to early Christianity or Judaism.

Most of the books reviewed are in English, as are most of the reviews. However, one occasionally finds some German, French, or Italian included. Yesterday’s reviews included one written in English by a German reviewing a German-published edition of Coptic texts.

The list of “Books Received” in February, lists several with *asterisks (meaning they are are available for review) that would be of interest to the study of Urchristentum.

(By the way, looking at the sentence above “Somehow a while back . . .”–I remembered the rule for composing in German —TMP–Time, Manner, Place. So, had I written in German it should have begun, “A while back” and then, “somehow.”)

I also stumbled onto a great site for the study of Beowulf that includes a German translation in a parallel column next to the Old English, here.

If you really are interested in Beowulf (a little shameless self-promotion here), I wrote a post on my other blog including several good links (Faith Matters).

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