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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

More opinions on the Coptic Jesus Marriage text

Opinions and analysis keep rolling in, ahead of the ink analysis. The syntactical analysis would square with the odd looking hand of the text, which is worse than my Coptic hand. The Manchester Guardian posted another story yesterday on the basis of the work of Andrew Bernhard at gospels.net. This site actually consolidates quite a lot of information about this, including many prominent people coming out in favor of the forgery hypothesis. I confess, I already grow bored, it’s not an especially important little text, and Karen King’s article will not even appear until January 2013. We live in odd academic times.

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‘Why Nations Fail’ by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson | The New York Review of Books

‘Why Nations Fail’ by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson | The New York Review of Books.

 

The most recent exchange.

What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond | The New York Review of Books

What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond | The New York Review of Books.

 

A fascinating debate about an important topic in history, Why/how do institutions matter? What is the role of geography, and other factors. There is a response by Acemoglu and Robinson and counter response by Diamond in a more recent issue of NRB. I think that Acemoglu and Robinson have had the better of the argument. This reminds me that I have to read their book!

Coptic Jesus marriage text continues to make news

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education appeared 1 October. You can find it here. I agree with those who say why not wait to announce results in the forthcoming article until the spectometry results on the ink were completed. These are set to be published later this month in fact. Too tempting to hold onto the work when fame is involved potentially, I guess, but considerable downside here.

Medieval Japanese Historical material unvailed at Yale Tomorrow, 5 October 2012

Some fairly interesting, and important, medieval japanese documents will be formerly unveiled tomorrow at the Beinecke Library after a couple of years ‘ restoration in Japan. Hoping to get to the ceremony tomorrow. The story is here.

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