Tag Archives: Mandeans

So What Does Transcribing a Manuscript Look Like?

Working on the Mandaic Book of John.

Well, in truth it’s rather boring if you’re not a linguist. But this tends to make folks like me geek out. 🙂

Gotta admit, though, (and I’m not endorsing Apple, just stating a fact) using a Retina Display makes it so much easier on the eyes. Big improvement. 🙂

Peace,
-Steve

The Satirical Use of Christian Material in the Mandaean Book of John

James McGrath just learned that his paper “The Satirical Use of Christian Material in the Mandaean Book of John,” has been accepted for the Aramaic Studies section at the Society of Biblical Literature 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco!

More on Exploring Our Matrix.

Peace,
-Steve

Israel Science Foundation to Fund New Aramaic Research Project

Crazy how two projects I’m currently working on “converge” in such a way, between the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon and the Mandiac Book of John. 🙂

August 02, 2010 via Biblical Archaeology Review

“The Israel Science Foundation will be funding a three-year research project to transcribe and study the unpublished manuscripts of the Mandaic culture. Mandaean religious texts were written in a dialect of Eastern Aramaic, which is very grammatically similar to Jewish Aramaic of the Babylonian Talmud. Mandaeans are the last surviving Gnostic religious group and can be traced back to the Talmudic period; political problems over the past few decades have threatened the continued existence of this ancient culture.

The Mandiac texts themselves will be kept in Israel, but they will be digitized through the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. This will be the first time the texts will be made accessible to the public. They will eventually be made into a dictionary of the Mandaic language.”

Peace,
-Steve

Iraq’s last Sabeans take sad New Year dip in Tigris

“BAGHDAD — Sheikh Alaa Aziz was saddened by the sight of only a handful of fellow Iraqi Sabeans in simple white cloths dipping in the muddy waters of the Tigris in an ancient purification rite for their New Year. […]

Also known as Mandaeans, the Sabeans traditionally speak a variety of Aramaic, the language of Christ.”

[Read the rest here.]

Peace,
-Steve