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"The Materiality of Magic" edited by Dietrich Boschung and Jan N. Bremmer

Dietrich Boschung and Jan N. Bremmer (eds.). The Materiality of Magic. Morphomata Volume 20. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2015, pp. 443. 

In the last two decades, scholarship about magic has thrived; however, in the midst of everything, there has been little focus on the material aspect of magic. 1,444 more words


Finding Aid Friday: Philadelphia Edition

This weekend I’m heading to Philadelphia to see the Bearded Ladies Cabaret school Kronenbourg 1664 drinkers, drag queen adorers, history aficionados, and free show lovers on the… 474 more words


Samson and Delilah (the Israelite Woman)

In the book of Judges, we encounter the mighty Israelite judge, Samson. He is perhaps best known for his herculean strength. Yet, he is also known for his weakness for women—especially Philistine women. 1,395 more words

Biblical Studies

Philistine Cemetery Found at Ashkelon

Excavators at the site of ancient Ashkelon have uncovered an ancient Philistine cemetery. The burials go back as far as the 11th century BC, and their style all but confirms that the Philistines originated in region of the Aegean. 34 more words

Biblical Studies

The Origin Story of a People

The Book of Genesis, there is a reason why it is the first book of the Bible. The English title is from the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew title… 3,286 more words

Bible Study

The dark heart of summer

Oh what a long time since my last blog, but I’m always a bit lost in the Middle Eastern archaeology off-season. As I’m not digging I only have tangentially archaeological things to ramble on about, but there’s not much change there. 508 more words


Egyptian Mummies

My latest review, Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt, appears on K. Kris Hirst’s archaeology site, again. Named for a famous Agatha Christie mystery, … 38 more words

Ancient Near East