Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics

Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics
Pharos is a platform where classical scholars, and the public more broadly, can learn about and respond to appropriations of Greco-Roman antiquity by hate groups online. Pharos is the ancient Greek word for “lighthouse” and commonly refers to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the first such beacon and the symbol of a city whose location at the crossroads between what we now call Europe and many other cultures made it for centuries the intellectual center of the Greco-Roman world.
  1. Pharos’ first purpose is to document appropriations of Greco-Roman culture by hate groups online. The civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have always been attractive to European nationalist and racist movements, and in more recent years have been adopted by other so-called alt-right groups whose politics are aligned with older-style nationalism. Many people, including professional scholars of antiquity, are not aware that the cultures we study are being enlisted in support of these hateful and regressive ideologies. Posts tagged “Documenting Appropriations” raise awareness of this phenomenon.
  2. Our second purpose is to expose the errors, omissions, and distortions that underpin these groups’ interpretations of ancient material. We should not allow the historically ignorant and politically abhorrent to dominate representations of antiquity online. For each appropriation we document we invite specialists to critique the version of antiquity that these groups construct to support their views. We compile these responses in posts tagged “Scholars Respond.”
  3. Our third purpose is to articulate a politically progressive approach to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity. The material that we study is being employed in the service of oppressive and bigoted ideologies. Our field cannot survive, and our consciences should not abide, the dissemination of such a vision of antiquity to a broad audience. Pharos’ longer articles, tagged “Response Essays,” suggest how the study of antiquity may serve an inclusive and progressive politics. These essays draw on the published work of the many scholars who have articulated politically progressive approaches to our field in specialized publications. We aim to bring that research to a broader audience and situate it as a response to hateful appropriations of antiquity online.
Pharos’ responses and essays are not intended to change the minds of those who use antiquity to support their racist ideologies. They are intended, rather, to ensure that someone who turns to the web to learn about antiquity finds something other than the appropriations we are documenting. We hope, too, that our work will nourish those who love antiquity but are uncomfortable with the traditional association of its study with elitist and oppressive politics. You are not alone.
The strength of Pharos lies in its collaborative nature. Find out how you can support our work and get involved.

Daily Dose of Greek

Daily Dose of Greek
My name is Rob Plummer, and I am a New Testament professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
For years, I’ve had the joy of seeing students become infected with a holy passion to read the New Testament in the original Greek. Unfortunately, many of those eager students go on to apostatize from the language they once loved. This website is my feeble effort to provide ongoing accountability to busy pastors to read Greek daily and progress in their ability.
The site has three main functions:
1) You can learn Greek “from scratch” or review fundamentals with the twenty-five video lectures posted in the “Learn Greek” section.  Lectures are keyed to D. A. Black’s Learn to Read New Testament Greek, 3rd ed.
2) The 2-minute “Daily Dose” video, to which students can subscribe via email. Five days per week, subscribers will be sent a link to 2-minute video in which I talk through a single Greek verse.
3) Under the “Resources” section of the webpage, you will find additional links and resources to aid in learning and using Greek.
Please continue to visit this site.  We will will always try to add resources in order to help you better read the Bible in the original Koine Greek.
And see also AWOL's  list of

The British Museum 3D Models at Sketchfab

The British Museum 3D Models at Sketchfab
The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Open Access Journal: Revue Théologique de Louvain

Revue Théologique de Louvain
eISSN - 1783-8401  
"Founded in 1970, the Revue Théologique de Louvain is open to all areas of theology. The Journal has been under the editorial direction of Professors G. Thils, A. Houssiau, J. Ponthot, P.-M. Bogaert, A. Haquin, J. Scheuer and, since 2009, Professor C. Focant. The Journal, which publishes approximately 650 pages per year, features Articles and Short Notes, Book Reviews and Bibliographic Notices, Chronicles, and the annual International index of doctoral dissertations in Theology and Canon Law.