Janelle Peters

biblical scholar

upennrels:

From the Pew Global Attitudes Project - “The American-Western European Values Gap” - “…Americans also distinguish themselves from Western Europeans on views about the importance of religion. Half of Americans deem religion very important in their lives; fewer than a quarter in Spain (22%), Germany (21%), Britain (17%) and France (13%) share this view. Moreover, Americans are far more inclined than Western Europeans to say it is necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values… American Christians are more likely than their Western European counterparts to think of themselves first in terms of their religion rather than their nationality…” [Read more]

upennrels:

From Annette Yoshiko Reed’s entry for the 2008 Katz Center Online Exhibit: “This book, from Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript collection, is one of the earliest printed versions of the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions. The Recognitions were written in Greek in fourth-century Syria (possibly in Edessa). Today, the text of the Recognitions is preserved in whole only in Rufinus’ Latin translation of 407 C.E… The 1526 Basel edition, pictured here, was printed by Johannes Sichard….”

upennrels:

From Annette Yoshiko Reed’s entry for the 2008 Katz Center Online Exhibit: “This book, from Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript collection, is one of the earliest printed versions of the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions. The Recognitions were written in Greek in fourth-century Syria (possibly in Edessa). Today, the text of the Recognitions is preserved in whole only in Rufinus’ Latin translation of 407 C.E… The 1526 Basel edition, pictured here, was printed by Johannes Sichard….”

thegetty:

Conservation in progress on an 1,800-year-old silver plate. It’s one of 93 Roman treasures coming back to life through painstaking cleaning, which starts with…water and Q-tips.
Plate with Portrait of Maia and Mercury, 2nd–3rd century A.D. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
More from our conservators on the Berthouville Treasure.

thegetty:

Conservation in progress on an 1,800-year-old silver plate. It’s one of 93 Roman treasures coming back to life through painstaking cleaning, which starts with…water and Q-tips.

Plate with Portrait of Maia and Mercury, 2nd–3rd century A.D. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris

More from our conservators on the Berthouville Treasure.

Inside the World of Turkish Oil Wrestling

Turkish photographer Pari Dukovic photographed the sport of yağlı güreş, or oil wrestling. The sport is at the heart of Kırkpınar, a festival in the Turkish city of Edirne which is soon celebrating its 651st anniversary.

Here is a video recording the uncovering of the ancient Roman mosaic at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at the beginning of the 2012 archaeological season. The mosaic, from the Roman Bath, is an example of one of the most well-preserved monochromatic mosaics from Roman antiquity. For preservation purposes, the mosaic is covered again at the end of each season.

Serpent handlers, like other Christians, have chosen something to emphasize. Over the course of two thousand years, others have chosen the precise nature and identity of Christ, the proper understanding and practice of the Eucharist, the correct way to baptize, the proper way to organize a church, which day of the week to call the Sabbath, and any number of other things as the sine qua non of being a true Christian, and in each case some other Christians have regarded that defining center of faith as ‘adiaphora’ — something indifferent.

Mack Wolford + KateSeth Perry, excerpted from his commentary “Adiaphora and the Dark Extremes of an Eccentric Faith”

How do we respect the depth of a Christian snake handler’s faith — and talk about it without caricaturing or lauding his life?

(via beingblog)

A pretty girl can run as fast as a ‘plain Jane.’ Lipstick, powder and plain old-fashioned femininity are as important to most track stars as their shoes and uniforms. …being an athlete doesn’t make them Amazons or stupid.

—Edward Temple, coach of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team 1960 (Faces of Title IX)