Narrative of Joseph of Arimathea (CANT 76): Several Works in Progress

Having completed original critical editions, introductions and translations of several medieval legends about Saint Dismas (CANT 78.2, 78.3, 78.4) and sent them off for publication, I’m now moving on to focus on CANT 76, the Greek Narrative of Joseph of Arimathea (Nar. Ios.). This text should be noted as distinct and largely different in content from CANT 77, a Georgian text by the same name which Bradley Rice has edited, introduced and translated for the Eerdmans More Christian Apocrypha series.

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CANT 78.3, Hospitality and Perfume of the Bandit: Critical Edition in Progress

Always enjoyable to come back to paleography. Today’s task is to finish my critical edition of CANT 78.3, The Hospitality and Perfume of the Bandit, based on a collation of texts found in two manuscripts, Vatican Library Lat. 6300 and British Library Harley 3199. The story is likely 13th or 14th century, one among several medieval variations of the Good Thief’s hospitality to the Holy Family during their sojourn to Egypt.

This story is unique in that it ties the miraculous perfume the Good Thief receives from Jesus’ mother Mary to the alabaster-carried perfume that Mary Magdalene used to anoint the feet of Jesus.

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International SBL Papers

Thanks to the generosity of CST, I am getting the chance to travel to Seoul, Korea, this July to attend the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting. Dennis MacDonald was kind enough to invite me to be on a panel reviewing his new book on the Gospel of John and Euripides. I also submitted a couple of paper proposals which were accepted.

For the Digital Humanities section, I am presenting a paper entitled, “A Digital Rebirth in Christian Apocrypha Studies: NASSCAL and the eClavis.” Abstract:

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