Next Event: 14 May, 2004

"Naming the Anonymous: HB/OT and Other Sources for Naming the Mother with Seven Sons of the Maccabean Martyrdoms"
Sigrid Peterson, University of Pennsylvania

"Something about Mary: The Protoevangelium of James and Early Rabbinic Traditions"
Timothy Horner, Villanova University

THE SIXTH (and final) MEETING OF THE 2003-04 YEAR will be held on Thursday, 13 May 2004, from 7-9 pm in the Second Floor Lounge, Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. For some background on the topic ("Parabiblical Prosopography: Personal Names Associated with Parabiblical Literature," which is a continuation of the previous year's topic), see the PSCO web page for Year 40 and especially Bob Kraft's page, Parabiblical Literature (with links to electronic versions of M.R. James' Lost Apocrypha and similar materials with early Christian focus).

Persons wishing to dine with other participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Logan Hall, Second Floor Lounge (southeast of Locust Walk and 36th Street Walk) or go directly to the Food Court in the basement of Houston Hall (just east of Logan, along Spruce Street), where an international variety of food choices is available at reasonable prices.

Suggested Reading

Recommended readings for Sigrid's presentation are:

  1. The introductory material to her dissertation
  2. Gerson D. Cohen, "Hannah and Her Seven Sons in Hebrew Literature," Studies in the Variety of Rabbinic Cultures, JPS Scholar of Distinction Series (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1991) 39-60.
  3. Skimming Moses Hadas's Introduction to 4 Maccabees in his Third and Fourth Books of Maccabees (Dropsie College Edition; Jewish Apocryphal Literature; New York: Ktav, 1953) 87-248, as an introduction to the Nachleben of these texts, particularly the rabbinic forms.

Tim recommends reading/reviewing the Mishnah (Niddah, Qiddushin, and Sotah)!