Provenance provenance provenance

Ariel Sabar has a new article out in the Atlantic digging into the provenance of the papyrus known as the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife or the Jesus Wife fragment.  Sabar makes a strong case that the fragment’s owner is Walter Fritz, a Florida man with knowledge of Coptic and multiple potential motivations for this endeavor. […] Read More

Whose heritage are we remixing?

This past spring, I purchased a small 3d printer with the goal of experimenting with it to understand 3d fabrication a bit better before taking the Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication class at DHSI.  I also am really interested in the release of 3d models of museum objects, both before and in the aftermath of […] Read More

Mary Had an Arduino Kit…

My first day in Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication (yesterday) at DHSI involved playing around with an Arduino kit — basically a little computer board you can add lots of components to to make some cool electronic stuff.  Our instructors, Tiffany Chan, Katherine Goertz, Danielle Morgan, and Jentery Sayers, are in the Maker Lab here at the […] Read More

The Melanias of Late Antique Christianity

This fall, I will have the privilege of seeing a book I co-edited with the amazing Catherine M. Chin appear in print.  Melania:  Early Christianity through the Life of One Family contains articles by an incredible set of scholars all addressing the life, context, and legacy of Melania the Elder and Melania the Younger.  We are […] Read More

The Power of the “Woman Card”

Friday I traveled to my homestate of Arizona and back to celebrate the life of a woman close to me and to my family, Judge Sarah Dickenson Grant.  Sarah was my mother’s best friend, and her daughters were roughly my and my sister’s ages.  We girls grew up together, and our mothers fretted and crowed over […] Read More

Coptic and Syriac on the early WWW

I’m working now on an article about early Coptic and Syriac on the web.  Websites from the 1990s and very early 2000s.  I’m interested in how these sites functioned as digital cultural heritage sites and also how they contributed to technological advances in what we now term “digital humanities.”  I’m inspired in part by issues […] Read More

RBL, SBL, and the future of digital scholarship

I had a long phone conversation Wednesday morning with John Kutsko, executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature, about my letter regarding the decision to make the Review of Biblical Literature a resource available only to SBL members.  John emailed me to set up a time to talk, and my understanding is that he has […] Read More

SBL, RBL, and thanks

I sent my letter in to the RBL and SBL last night. Thank you so much to everyone who read it and shared it. I am especially grateful to folks like Rebecca Lesses, Chuck Jones, Fred Tappenden and others who added information, suggestions, and corrections. I know from Twitter and Facebook that many more people […] Read More