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CORONA Atlas of the Middle East

[Firsts posted in AWOL 3 December 2011, updated 26 February 2014]

CORONA Atlas of the Middle East BETA
CORONA is the codename for the United States’ first photographic spy satellite mission, in operation from 1960-1972. During that time, CORONA satellites took high-resolution images of most of the earth’s surface, with particular emphasis on Soviet bloc countries and other political hotspots in order to monitor military sites and produce maps for the Department of Defense. The more than 800,000 images collected by the CORONA missions remained classified until 1995 when an executive order by President Bill Clinton made them publicly available through the US Geological Survey. Because CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields.

In regions like the Middle East, CORONA imagery is particularly important for archaeology because urban development, agricultural intensification, and reservoir construction over the past several decades have obscured or destroyed countless archaeological sites and other ancient features such as roads and canals. These sites are often clearly visible on CORONA imagery, enabling researchers to map sites that have been lost and to discover many that have never before been documented. However, the unique imaging geometry of the CORONA satellite cameras, which produced long, narrow film strips, makes correcting spatial distortions in the images very challenging and has therefore limited their use by researchers.

Thanks to grants from the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of Arkansas’ Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) has developed methods for efficient orthorectification of CORONA imagery and now provides free public access to our imagery database for non-commercial use. Images can be viewed online and full resolution images can be downloaded in GeoTiff or NITF formats.


This project focuses on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972. During this time, there were sixteen successful CORONA missions, designated 1101-1117 which recovered more than 188000 images. These satellites were equipped with two panoramic cameras, one facing forward and another aft with a 30º angle of separation, producing an approximate ground resolution of 6 feet (1.8m) at nadir as well as offering the capability for stereo-viewing and the extraction of topographic data. Images were originally recorded on black-and-white film, copies of which are curated by the USGS EROS Data Center. The USGS has scanned the images at 7 micron (3600 dpi) resolution. Additional technical details regarding the CORONA program and image characteristics can be read

Cameras on different CORONA missions produced images that vary a great deal in quality, while many images suffer from cloud cover, atmospheric haze or other issues. For imagery which we purchased, we have concentrated on providing the greatest possible regional extent, as opposed to multiple images of the same area, and have also sought to offer stereo coverage wherever possible. Imagery purchased for this project has been supplemented by images purchased for other projects or those shared with us by colleagues, notably the Center for Archaeology of the Middle Eastern Landscape (
CAMEL) and the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

Our work has been largely dedicated to developing methods for orthorectification of CORONA imagery. The technical aspects of this process are described in a forthcoming paper: Jackson Cothren, Jesse Casana, Tuna Kalayci and Adam Barnes, “An efficient method for rigorous orthorectification of CORONA satellite imagery” International Journal of Remote Sensing.

Images from our database reproduced in publications, presentations or online should be credited to: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas/U.S. Geological Survey.

Online Speculum Dianae. Nemi at Nottingham

Speculum Dianae. Nemi at Nottingham
Ever wondered how it felt for a Roman to be in a sanctuary at a time when it was still fully operational? To attend a religious ritual? Or to place an object there, to dedicate it, and to ask the gods for something good to happen to you, or say your thanks for something good you had received?

These were all questions we wanted to provide answers for when we embarked on our project “Speculum Dianae [Latin for: Mirror of Diana]. Nemi at Nottingham”; a project in the shape of a website which uses modern tools, pod casts and digital greeting cards, to generate a virtual temple and bring ancient experiences closer to our own modern perceptions. We, that are: Ann Inscker from the Nottingham Castle Museums and Galleries; and from the University of Nottingham Damian Schofield, Jez Noond, Jack March (School of Computer Science), and myself (Department of Classics)...

...For the Nemi website, we focused our different approaches on the objective to show our audience how people see ‑ in our case the Romans, Lord Savile, and we ourselves as modern interpreters – and how they experience the world which surrounds them. At its core is the attempt to single out segments of this experience of seeing and understanding ancient material, and in this specific case an ancient sanctuary. By working through these segments, you can construct an experience of the sanctuary which re-enacts to a certain degree the one an ancient visitor to the site would have had. At the same time however, you can also experience all the variables, necessities for assumptions and deductions from current practices that form the basis of modern archaeological research.

In doing this, we wanted to move away from an absolute reconstruction, allowing you to experiment with multiple interpretations of the evidence. This is meant to maintain the critical distance to the reconstruction of the site – a distance missing from many modern 3D reconstructions which frequently replace historical uncertainty with impressive computer-generated reconstructions, and critical analysis with a ‘seeing is believing’ attitude which negates what this very process of seeing actually incorporates... [Source of the description of the site]

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Les Presses de l’Institut français du Proche-Orient assurent la diffusion et la valorisation des recherches menées au sein des territoires scientifiques investis par l’Institut dans les sociétés du Proche-Orient (la Syrie, le Liban, la Jordanie, les territoires palestiniens, l’Irak) dans l’ensemble des disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales depuis l’antiquité jusqu’à nos jours.

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Erich Zenger 1939–2010

Moshe Greenberg, 1928–2010

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Barbara Ellen Bowe 1945- 2010

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Professor Abraham Malamat 1922- 2010

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The Centenary of the PBI

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Richness in Rome 2009: Scholarly Exchange of Ideas

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Unavoidable Gender Ambiguities: A Primer for Readers of English Translations from Biblical Hebrew


Society of Biblical Literature Receives NEH Award


Martin Hengel 1926–2009

Geoffrey W. Bromiley 1915-2009

SBL Forum7.4(2009)


A Case for Domestic Abuse in 1 Kings 14? A Look at the Marriage of Jeroboam I

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Jack of All Trades and Master of None: The Case for “Generalist” Scholars in Biblical Scholarship

A New Thing under the Sun: A Doctor of Ministry Degree in Bible Translation


Moshe Weinfeld, 1925–2009

SBL Forum7.3(2009)


The Perils of Prepublication in the Digital Age: Essenes, Latrines, and the Dead Sea Scrolls[1]

Ian Werrett

Biblical Studies in the Context of the Emerging Religion Major

Jane S. Webster

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Greg Garrett

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William John Lyons
SBL Forum7.2(2009)

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Thomas W. Martin

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Valarie Ziegler

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Sara Kipfer

In the Classroom

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Valerie A. Stein
SBL Forum7.1(2009)

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Andrew Davies

Through the Pistol Smoke Dimly: Psalm 23 in Contemporary Film and Song

Karl Jacobson

In the Profession

Job in Conversation with Edward Said: The “Outsider” as Ethical and Pedagogical Dilemma in Biblical Interpretation

Alissa Jones Nelson


Review of Rabbi Harvey Rides Again: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales Let Loose in the Wild West.

Dan Clanton
SBL Forum6.12(2008)


Joseph M. Baumgarten, 1928-2008

Lawrence H Schiffman
SBL Forum6.8(2008)

Annual Meeting Updates

Sexual Freedom: Overcoming Slavery’s Legacy in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Foundational Texts

Bernadette J. Brooten

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Jonathan L. Reed

In the Profession

Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium

Tony Burke

Reclaiming the Comparative Method: Moses and the Buddha as a Case Study

Vanessa R. Sasson

In the Public Sphere

Biblical Interpretation and Christian Domestic Terrorism: The Exegeses of Rev. Michael Bray and Rev. Paul Hill

Dan Clanton

The 2008 Primaries or How the Democrats Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bible in Politics

Michelle Krejci

Letters to the Editor

Vetting the Claims about Heresy Hunting

Darrell L. Bock
SBL Forum6.7(2008)


Rahab through the Ages: A Study of Christian Interpretation of Rahab

William L. Lyons

In the Classroom

Student Creative Projects: Aural and Video Productions as Biblical Exegesis

James D. Findlay
SBL Forum6.6(2008)

In Popular Culture

The Bible-Shaped Mirror: Biblical Women and Contemporary Culture in Recent Film

Donna Bowman

In the Classroom

Reading Job from the Margins: Dialogical Exegesis and Theological Education

Robert Williamson, Jr.

In the Profession

Why I Chose a German Ph.D. Program

Jacob L. Wright

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Shayna Sheinfeld

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An Atheist's Dilemma: Should We Bend the Bible for Justice?

Michelle Krejci

The SBL and the Preservation of Scholarship

Patrick Durusau

Letters to the Editor

Keith's "Applying for Doctoral Work When You're from a Small School"

Cori Williams


Henry Chadwick 1920- 2008

Andrew Louth

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The Codex Sinaiticus Project Ready for the Web

Report on the 2008 International Meeting

Matthew Collins
SBL Forum6.5(2008)


Thabo Mbeki's Bible: The Role of the Religion in the South African Public Realm after Liberation

Gerald West

Giving Up on Life: Jephthah's Daughters

Jane S. Webster

Teaching the Biblical Hebrew Verb

Naama Zahavi-Ely

What Makes the Bible Meaningful/Useful: The Ten Commandments and American Ideals

Scott M. Langston

Towards an Ethic of Liberation for Bible Translation: Marketing

Steven Voth
SBL Forum6.4(2008)

In the Profession

Why the Agitation?: The Status of the “Bibel in gerechter Sprache” in Academia and the Churches

Irmtraud Fischer

In Translation

What is the Bibel in gerechter Sprache? Assumptions, Process, and Goals of a New German Bible Translation

Luzia Sutter Rehmann

The New Inclusive Bible Translation in the Context of (Post)Modern Germany

Marie-Theres Wacker

The Bibel in gerechter Sprache (BigS): The Secular Press, Kirchenherren, and Theology Professors React To a New German Inclusive Bible Translation

Susanne Scholz

Translation or Interpretation: Intense Controversy about the New German Translation of the Bible

Wolfgang Stegemann


Roy F. Melugin 1937-2008

Marvin A. Sweeney

David Noel Freedman 1922-2008

William H. C. Propp
SBL Forum6.2(2008)

Annual Meeting Updates

Why and What Professors of English Say Students Need to Know about the Bible: A Research Report Summary

Marie Goughnour Wachlin

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The Wiki Way: Improving Your Class Notes Using the Internet for Online Student Collaboration

Carl N. Toney

Ancient Languages are Still Around, But Do We Really Know How to Teach Them?

Rahel Halabe

In the Profession

Rebutting Sensational Claims Concerning a Symposium in Jerusalem

James H. Charlesworth

In Translation

Towards an Ethic of Liberation for Bible Translation; Part 1: Ideology

Steven M. Voth

Letters to the Editor

Response to Charlesworth

Jane Schaberg

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The Death Penalty - Engaging the Bible: SBL Lecture Series

SBL Forum6.1(2008)


More on the Gospel Truth

April D. DeConick

The Bible is Like...Or is It?

Eric Daniel Barreto

Letters to the Editor

The Talpiot Tomb Controversy Revisited

The Meyers/Magness Talpiot Tomb Statement: Some Observations

James D. Tabor


Bernhard W. Anderson 1916- 2007

John Strugnell 1930-2007

Daniel J. Harrington

Thomas F. Torrance, 1913-2007

Elmer Colyer

Edwina Maria (Wyn) Wright, 1946–2007

John Huehnergard

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SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative (ICI)

SBL Forum5.9(2007)

Annual Meeting Updates

C.F.D. Moule 1908-2007

Graham Stanton

Thoughts on Choosing a PhD Program

Steven Thompson

In the Profession

Raiders of the Faux Ark:Biblical archeology is too important to leave to crackpots and ideologues. It's time to fight back.

Eric H. Cline

More Ethiopian Manuscripts in North America

Steve Delamarter

Letters to the Editor

Discussion Lists and Bloggers

Considering the Hauser article

Alan J. Hauser

UK vs US Degrees

Charles J. Otte III

Chris Keith

Dieter T. Roth

A Lesson from Studies of Source Criticism: Contradicting Stories and Humble Diversity in Creation Stories (Gen 1-2)

Yung-Suk Kim

Related Interest

Articles of Interest


God Was an Englishman

Henry L. Carrigan, Jr.

Society News

Changes in Publications

Pardon Our Dust

SBL Forum5.8(2007)

In the Media

Sources of the Pentateuch: So Many Theories, So Little Consensus

Alan J. Hauser

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Jesper Tang Nielsen

In the Profession

American versus British Ph.D. Programs: Three Doctoral Students Reflect on Their Decisions

Charles J. Otte III

Chris Keith

Dieter T. Roth

A Prototype for Further Publication Development of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and Other Open-Access Journals

Ehud Ben Zvi

A Life Without Footnotes

Isabelle Kinnard


Letty Mandeville Russell, leading feminist theologian, dies at 77

Related Interest

A Lesson from Studies of Source Criticism:Contradicting Stories and Humble Diversity in Creation Stories (Gen 1-2)

Society News

San Diego Museum of Man Exhibit

SBL Forum5.7(2007)

In Popular Culture

Scriptural Education and Entertainment: Evangelism, Didacticism, and Satire in Graphic Novels (Part 3) [1]

Dan Clanton

In the Arts

Cuneiform Cuisine: Culinary History Reborn at Brown University

Alice L. Slotsky

In the Classroom

The Bible and Art

Dan Clanton Jr.

Lynn R. Huber

In the Profession

Biblical Studies and Careers in Academic Librarianship

W. Gerald Heverly


BibleTech 2008 Call Deadline

University of Manchester Scholarships

Related Interest

Ideas to Shake Up Publishing


Review of the Exhibit "Dead Sea Scrolls," San Diego, CA

Bradley W. Root

Cradle of Christianity: Jewish and Christian Treasures from the Holy Land

Moira Bucciarelli

Society News

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary International Meeting - Vienna 2007

SBL Forum5.6(2007)

In Popular Culture

Did Paul Get Whacked? The Endings of The Sopranos and the Acts of the Apostles

Micah Kiel

In the Profession

Biblical Scholarship in Vienna

Marianne Grohmann

Markus Himmelbauer

Markus Tiwald

Zimri — Briefly, Brightly King: The Strange Story of Israel's Shortest-Reigning King, 1 Kgs 16:8-20

Robin Gallaher Branch

In the Public Sphere

Reading the Book of Psalms in Days of War

John S. Vassar

How A Hurricane Made Me a Better Archaeologist

Michael M. Homan

Letters to the Editor

A Reflection on Brevard Childs

John Ahn

Books for Jewish Studies to China

Terje Stordalen

J.D. Walters's Reply to Avalos

Zeba Crook


BAS Announces Two $10,000 Awards for ASOR Papers

Nabu-sharrussu-ukin Sites


Brevard S. Childs (1923-2007)

Christopher Seitz

Rev. Robert North, S.J. 1916-2007

James Swetnam, S.J.

Michael Patrick O'Connor, 1950-2007

Jo Ann Hackett

John Huehnergard

James F. Ross, 1927 - 2007

Stephen L. Cook


Response to Avalos

J. D. Walters


Scriptural Education and Entertainment: Evangelism, Didacticism, and Satire in Graphic Novels (Part 2)

Dan Clanton

Society News

The Bible and Critical Theory - Special Offer for SBL Members

Winner in the Logos-SBL Technology Paper Awards

SBL Forum5.5(2007)

In Popular Culture

Scriptural Education and Entertainment: Evangelism, Didacticism, and Satire in Graphic Novels (Part 1)

Dan Clanton

In the Classroom

Killing a Dead Language: A Case against Emphasizing Vowel Pointing when Teaching Biblical Hebrew

William P. Griffin

In the Profession

The Wired Scholar: Five Free Tools You May Not Know About

Danny Zacharias

In the Public Sphere

Herod's Tomb Discovered at Herodium

Discovering Babylon: The Opportunities, Challenges and Irresistible Potential of Video Games as an Educational Medium

Alice Petty

Letters to the Editor

In Response to Propp

Comment on "Wired Scholar"

Charles E. Jones

In Response to McMurry

James A. Sanders

In Response to Chancey

Lamar Williamson, Jr.

Teaching the Bible in Public Schools

Peter Feinman

In Response to van Wolde

Zach Kotzé


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Dame Mary Douglas 1921-2007

Society News

SBL Collection of Biblical Studies Syllabi

SBL Endorses Resolution Calling for the Safeguarding of Archaeological Sites in Iraq

Books for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University

SBL Forum5.4(2007)

In the Classroom

Bible Courses in Public Schools: SBL's Response to a Growing Trend

Mark A. Chancey

Worshiping in Ignorance

Stephen Prothero

In the Profession

Scenes From a Conference

Rex Sayers

The Anthropology of Biblical Archaeology

William H. C. Propp

In the Public Sphere

Mike McCurry on Faith and Politics

Mike McCurry

In Translation

Language of Sentiment

Ellen van Wolde


Society Initiatives Featured on Capitol Hill

Joel LeMon


Reginald H. Fuller 1915- 2007

On Location

On Location at the 2007 American Oriental Society Meeting

Jack M. Sasson
SBL Forum5.3(2007)

In Popular Culture

The Wright Stuff?: Scholars Discuss "Mere Christianity" at SBL Annual Meeting 2006

Christopher B. Hays

Biblical Graphic Novels: Adaptation, Interpretation, and "Faithful Transfer"

Terry Ray Clark

In the Classroom

Faith and the Discipline in the Classroom: A Crucial Dialectical Relationship

J. Bradley Chance

In the Profession

Welcome to the Biblical Studies Carnival

Tyler F. Williams

In the Public Sphere

Prosopography and the Talpiyot Yeshua Family Tomb: Pensées of a Palaeographer

Christopher A. Rollston

Two Burials of Jesus of Nazareth and The Talpiot Yeshua Tomb

James D. Tabor

Mary Magdalene is Now Missing: A Corrected Reading of Rahmani Ossuary 701

Stephen J. Pfann

Letters to the Editor

The Tomb of Jesus

François Bovon

Response to Reed

James D. Tabor

Tabor Response to Pfann

James D. Tabor

Response to the "Lost Tomb of Jesus"

Jonathan L. Reed

In Response to Tabor

Jonathan L. Reed

Concerning the Jesus Family Tomb

Steven Fine


Fighting for Iraq's Culture

Society News

The Dead Sea Scrolls

"Through the Museum with the Bible" Workshops

Reduction in SBL Student Dues and Other Changes

SBL Forum5.2(2007)

In Popular Culture

The Grain of Sands: The Personal Exegesis of A. David Lewis

A. David Lewis

Climbing the Dragon's Ladder: Perpetua, Felicitas, Graphic Novels, and the Possibility of Writing Modern Hagiography

Andrea Lorenzo Molinari

The Return of the Chaos Monsters: A Biblical Myth

Gregory Mobley

In the Profession

Teaching the Bible in Babylon: Reflections on Joining the Biblical Studies Diaspora

Michael F. Bird

In the Public Sphere

Has the Tomb of Jesus Been Discovered?

Jodi Magness

The SGD Digital Collection: Previously Unknown and Uncatalogued Ethiopian Manuscripts in North America

Steve Delamarter

Letters to the Editor

Study Bibles

Daniel Foster


Update on the ETANA (Electronic Texts and Ancient Near Eastern Archives) Digital Library Project


J. Alan Groves 1952-2007

Bruce Manning Metzger 1914-2007

William L. Petersen (1950-2006)

Eldon Jay Epp

Bruce Manning Metzger: 1914-2007

Iain Torrance

Paul S. Minear 1906-2007

L. E. Keck

Bruce Manning Metzger

Michael W. Holmes

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2006 SBL Annual Meeting Photo Diary

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SBL Forum5.1(2007)

In Popular Culture

Comics and the Bible: Reinterpretation and Mythic Understanding

Do Superheroes Read Scripture? Finding the Bible in Comic Books

G. Andrew Tooze

OH-MY-GOD —It's So the Teen Bible!

James G. Crossley

In the Classroom

Confessions and Reflections: What Can the Bible Do for the Liberal Arts?

Alan Lenzi

Wikipedia: Unreliable Source, Useful Heuristic Tool

Lawrence Mykytiuk

Letters to the Editor

"Bible Scholar on an Airplane" Letters

Miscellaneous Letters

Letters on the"Wikipedia" Articles

Larin R. Kerr

Tenure Survey and Report

Matthew Collins


The Nativity Story: A Review

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Open Access Monographic Series: International Voices in Biblical Studies

International Voices in Biblical Studies
ISSN: 1949-8411
Welcome to International Voices in Biblical Studies (Online ISSN 1949-8411), a new online, open-access series that facilitates the distribution of scholarship written in numerous regions of the world well beyond their respective spheres. The series editorial board includes scholars from around the world who solicit and receiv manuscripts for peer review prior to acceptance for publication. The works published in this series will generally be in the area of reception history and criticism and will not be limited to any particular biblical text or historical time frame. Whenever possible, the works will be published in English and the primary language of the author.

For a complete list of titles available in this series and a PDF form for establishing a standing order, click here.
ZER RIMONIM Studies in Biblical Literature and Jewish Exegesis
Michael Avioz, 2013
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Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History
Mercedes L. García Bachmann, 2013
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The Old Testament and Christian Spirituality: Theoretical and Practical Essays from a South African Perspective
Christo Lombaard, 2012
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Reading Ezra 9–10 Tu’A-Wise: Rethinking Biblical Interpretation in Oceania
Nasili Vaka’uta, 2011 
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Global Hermeneutics?: Reflections and Consequences
Knut Holter and Louis Jonker, 2010 
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New Open Access Journal: HIPHIL Novum

HIPHIL Novum is a peer-reviewed academic e-journal publishing on global education and research on the Bible. Issues feature papers accepted by Society of Biblical Literature's Program Unit GERT - Global Education and Reseach Technology as well as other papers on next generation biblical research. We want to promote open education for all continents, races, genders, and communities.
HIPHIL Novum publishes papers on research or projecs focusing on the Bible's
History  *  Interpretation  * Pedagogy * Hermeneutics * Interactive Technology *  Linguistics
HIPHIL is Novum - the focus is on new Biblical Studies for a digital and global age. We welcome papers that take a lead in emerging global 21st Century education.
  • Editor: Nicolai Winther-Nielsen and his assistants Randall Tan (New Testamaent), David Kummerow (Hebrew Bible) and Jens Bruun Kofoed (history theory).
  • Board, at upstar: Kirk Lowery, Joshua Berman and Wido van Peursen
  • Peer reviewers: members of the advisory group of Biblicalhumanities.org/ and individual scholars.
HIPHIL Novum publishes
  • Peer-reviewed articles: normally 7500 words, occasionally longer. One other competent researcher must approve the quality of this research before publication.
  • Conference papers: normally 2500 words, acceptance based on public presentation.
  • Reports: News on projects, dissertations or unique studies of global relevance.
  • Reviews: Promotion of books or digital ressources

Vol 1, No 1 (2014): Festschrift on the Occasion of Nicolai Winther-Nielsen's 60th Birthday, October 26, 2013

Table of Contents


Philistia and the Philistines in the Iron Age I: Interaction, Ethnic Dynamics and Boundary Maintenance PDF
Avraham Faust, Justin Lev-Tov 1-24
Israel in the Iron-Smelting Furnace? Towards a New Understanding of the כּוּר הַבַּרְזֶל in Deut 4:20 PDF
Carsten Vang 25-34
The Doctrines of Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: A Logical Analysis PDF
Peter Øhrstrøm 35-43
Is the Bible losing its covers? Conceptualization and use of the Bible on the threshold of the Digital Order PDF
Wido van Peursen 44-58
Diachronic Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Field in Crisis PDF
Joshua Berman
The journal continues HIPHIL (ISSN: 1603-6565) which published 2003-2010.

Cultural Property Training Resource: CENTCOM Historical Advisory Group

The Homer Multitext Project News

Publishing the HMT archive
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The editorial work of the Homer Multitext project is ongoing, and, as good photography of more manuscripts and papyri becomes available, is open-ended. While we have provided openly licensed access to our source images and editorial work in progress since our first digital photography in 2007, we have not previously offered packaged publications of our archive.

That is changing in 2014. The project’s editors have decided on a publishing cycle of roughly three issues a year (since our work tends to be concentrated around an academic calendar of fall term, spring term, and summer work). Published issues of the project archive must satisfy four requirements.

  1. The issue must be clearly identified. Our releases are labelled with a year and issue number: our first issue is 2014.1.
  2. All content published in a given issue must pass a clearly identified review process. Teams of contributing editors work in individual workspaces. (We use github repositories to track the work history of these teams.) When a block of work passes a series of manual review and automated tests, it migrates from “draft” to “provisionally accepted” status and is added to the project’s central archival repository. This is the repository that we are publishing for the first time this week.
  3. All published material must be in appropriate open digital formats. Apart from our binary image data, all the data we create are structured in simple tabular text files or XML files with published schemas.
  4. All published material must be appropriately licensed for scholarly use. All of our work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. (Licenses for some of our image collections additionally include a “non-commercial” clause: in those cases, a license for commercial reuse must be separately negotiated with the copyright holder.)

Access to the Published Digital Archive

The published packages are available for download from http://beta.hpcc.uh.edu/hmt/archival-publications as zip files. An accompanying README explains the contents of each zip file.
We are also distributing our published issues as nexus artifacts (previously mentioned briefly here), a system that allows software to identify and retrieve published versions automatically. Whether manually or automatically downloaded, it now becomes possible for scholars (and their software) to work with citable data sets from the constantly changing archive of the HMT project.

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Open Access Journal: Abstracta Iranica

Abstracta Iranica
Revue de bibliographie sélective et critique pour le monde irano-aryen sur tous les aspects de la culture et de la civilisation iraniennes, des origines à nos jours

A selective and critical bibliographical journal of Iranian studies, also covering Afghanistan and other areas relevant to Iranian culture

چکیده‌های ایرانشناسی یک نشریه کتابشناسی گزیده و انتقادی است از پژوهشهای مربوط به همهً زمینه‌های فرهنگ و تمدن ایرانی‌ از آغاز تا امروز.

Abstracta Iranica est une revue de bibliographie sélective et critique pour le monde irano-aryen ; elle rend compte des travaux concernant tous les aspects de la culture et de la civilisation iraniennes, des origines à nos jours.

Les travaux présentés dans Abstracta Iranica sont sélectionnés parmi les publications de l’année précédente, et présentés par des chercheurs.

Les auteurs et maisons d’édition sont invités à adresser à la Rédaction les ouvrages et tirés-à-part des articles destinés à faire l’objet d’un compte rendu dans la revue.

Newly Open Access Journal: Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz

Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz
ISSN: 0076-2741
 Das Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums  ist eine archäologische Fachzeitschrift, die seit 1954 einmal jährlich erscheint. Mit einer Druckauflage von 900 Exemplaren ist es weltweit verbreitet. Zeitlich reicht das Themenspektrum von der Altsteinzeit bis zum Frühmittelalter; inhaltlich sind eher umfangreiche Beiträge vertreten, die grundsätzliche Forschungen widerspiegeln. Der Jahresbericht zu den Tätigkeiten der MitarbeiterInnen des RGZM ist ein eigener, reich bebilderter Teil des Jahrbuchs.


Vol 57, No 2 (2010)

Open Access Publications of the Collège de France

Open Access Publications of the Collège de France

Publications du Collège de France

Le Collège de France est à la fois le lieu de la recherche la plus audacieuse et celui de son enseignement. Depuis 1530, l’une de ses principales missions est de diffuser la science, la pensée et la recherche nouvelles à mesure qu’elles s’élaborent. Il édite une grande variété de livres, en version imprimée et aussi sous forme électronique depuis 2010 : les Cours et travaux du Collège de France (un « annuaire » qui rend compte, notamment, de l’enseignement annuel de chaque professeur), les leçons inaugurales, des actes de colloques et monographies originales, ainsi qu’une revue, La Lettre du Collège de France.

Open Access Journal: Hebrew Studies

Hebrew Studies
E-ISSN: 2158-1681
Print ISSN: 0146-4094
Hebrew Studies Journal is a journal devoted to Hebrew language and literature. It is an internationally recognized scholarly journal devoted to studies of Hebrew language and literature of all periods.


Newly Open Access Journal: APEIRON: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science

APEIRON: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
ISSN: 0003-6390
Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science is a peer-reviewedacademic journal on ancient philosophy. It covers research in the area of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and science, up to the end of the classical period (roughly the seventh century CE). [Description from Wikipedia]

Volumes 1 (1966) - 40 (2007) are avaiable at JSTOR: Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science

And see also:
AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World

Newly Open Access Journal: Journal of the American Oriental Society

Journal of the American Oriental Society
ISSN: 0003-0279
The regular serial publication of the Society, issued quarterly, is the Journal of the American Oriental Society. The first volume, published in 1843-49, set the tone for all time in the broad scope of subject matter and the solidity of its scholarship. It included studies of Arab music, of Persian cuneiform, and of Buddhism in India, and brought to a wide audience the then novel theories of Pierre E. Du Ponceau, assailing the doctrine of the "ideographic" character of the Chinese script. From that year to the present day, the Journal has brought to the world of scholarship the results of the advanced researches of the most distinguished American Orientalists, specialists in the literatures and civilizations of the Near East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Inner Asia, the Far East and the Islamic World. The pages of the Journal are always open to original and interesting contributions from scholars. To assure competent and impartial appraisal of the scholarly level of the material submitted for publication, the editorial staff is composed of recognized scholars in each of the major areas served by the Society. Membership in the AOS includes an annual subscription to the Journal. [Description from JSTOR]

Volumes 1 (1843) - 133 (2013) are avaiable at JSTOR: Journal of the American Oriental Society

And see also:
AWOL's full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial representation of the Ancient World

Open Access Journal: Translatio: Caderno de Resenhas do GT História da Filosofia Medieval e a Recepção da Filosofia Antiga

Translatio:Caderno de Resenhas do GT História da Filosofia Medieval e a Recepção da Filosofia Antiga
ISSN 2176-8765
A expressão Translatio Studiorum tem sido empregada por historiadores da filosofia medieval para fazer referência aos deslocamentos dos centros de estudos de Atenas a Bagdá, daí a Córdoba, depois a Toledo, Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, Colônia e Praga. Durante as mudanças, a filosofia falou línguas distintas (grego, siríaco árabe, latim), travou contato com diferentes culturas, ganhou novos pensadores, tradutores, comentadores, enriqueceu seu vocabulário e questões, bem como viu perderem-se muitos desses mesmos elementos.

O presente caderno de resenhas tem por objetivo colocar a disposição da comunidade acadêmica resenhas de livros que versem sobre a filosofia medieval em todas as suas tendências e línguas. O caderno é editado pelo Grupo de Trabalho História da Filosofia Medieval e a recepção da Filosofia Antiga, ligado à ANPOF, sob a responsabilidade de seu coordenador e demais membros permanentes. O caderno aceita resenhas de quaisquer outros colaboradores e interessados no período e as publicará após análise por corpo de pareceristas especializados.

Volume 4 (2012) [volume completo] · [volume completo formato Issuu]
• THOM, P. The Logic of the Trinity: Augustine to Ockham (G. B. V. de Paiva) 
• PASNAU, R. Metaphysical Themes: 1274-1671 (M. A. Oliveira da Silva)
• BATES, T. Duns Scotus and the Problem of Universals (V. M. F. R. Bragança)
• BIARD, J. Science et nature. La théorie buridanienne du savoir (R. Miquelanti)
• LIZZINI, O. Fluxus (fayd). Indagine sui fondamenti della metafisica e della fisica di Avicena (M. C. Sousa)
Volume 3 (2011) [volume completo] · [volume completo formato Issuu]
• GOUGUENHEIM, S. Aristote au Mont Saint-Michel : les racines grecques de l’Europe chrétienne (A. Rieger Schmidt) 
• BÜTTGEN, Ph., DE LIBERA, A., RASHED, M., ROSIER-CATACH, I. (dir.). Les Grecs, les Arabes et nous : enquête sur l’islamophobie savante(A. Rieger Schmidt) 
• JACQUES DE VITERBE. L’âme, l’intellect et la volonté (G. B. V. de Paiva) 
• HALL, A. Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus. Natural theology in the High Middle Ages (M. K. Guerrero) 
• AZADPUR, M. Reason unbound: on spiritual practice in Islamic peripatetic philosophy (A. Madalena) 
Volume 2 (2010) [volume completo] · [volume completo formato Issuu]
• BROWN, C. Aquinas and the Ship of Theseus (M. K. Guerrero) 
• VELDE, R. A. te. Aquinas on God (M. A. O. da Silva) 
• IMBACH, R./OLIVA, A. La philosophie de Thomas d’Aquin (L. Lobo) 
• DELMAS, S. Un franciscain à Paris au milieu du XIIIe siècle (G. B. V. de Paiva) 
• FOLGER-FONFARA, S. Das ‚Super’-Transzendentale und die Spaltung der Metaphysik (R. Guerizoli) 
Volume 1 (2009) [volume completo]
• AUGUSTINE. Augustine: Political Writings (L. M. da Silva Filho)
• BERTOLACCI, A. The Reception of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Avicenna’s Kitab al-Sifa(A. Storck)
• BIANCHI, L.Pour une histoire de la “double vérité” (A. Rieger Schmidt)
• DEMANGE, D. Jean Duns Scot. La théorie du savoir (A. Storck)
• CASTEIGT, J. Connaissance et vérité chez Maître Eckhart (R. Guerizoli)
• PERINI-SANTOS, E. La théorie ockhamienne de la connaissance évidente (A. Robert)

Newly Open Access Journal: Antiquity


Ancient Ports – Ports Antiques

 [First posted in AWOL 22 April 2012, updated 2 March 2014]

Ancient Ports – Ports Antiques

A catalogue of Ancient Ports and Harbours

This web site presents work done to collect, identify and locate ancient harbours and ports. It is based on a study of existing documentation. The result is a list of around 3000 ancient ports based on the writings of 66 ancient authors and a few modern authors, incl. the Barrington Atlas.
A few « potential ancient ports » from a nautical point of view, have been added, based on nautical guides/pilots used by modern sailors.

If you are looking for the location of a specific port, use the search engine (top right of this page) that will lead you to the page where this port is mentioned.
If you are uncertain about the spelling, you may enter just the part of the name you are certain of into the search engine.

This work is published in 4 volumes, all available in pdf versions, and most of it is reproduced on this web site:
Volume I gives the list of ports and a bibliography of ancient and modern authors.
Volume II gives the French translations of the texts of the listed ancient authors.

Volume III provides some notes on ancient ships, on ancient measures and astronomy, on Claudius Ptolemy, on ancient structures and on the layout of the Portus of Rome.
Volume IV gives twenty stories about ancient mariners.

You will have to excuse my limited knowledge of the English language.

And see AWOL's

New Open Access Journal: Methodos. Revista de didàctica dels estudis clàssics

Methodos. Revista de didàctica dels estudis clàssics
 La revista digital Methodos va ser fundada i dirigida en la seva primera època per Pedro Luis Cano. En la seva segona època, que s'inicia el 2011, Methodos. Revista de didàctica dels estudis clàssicsés una publicació anual editada per Paideia. Grup de Didàctica de les Llengües i la Cultura Clàssiques de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, que integra professors del Departament de Ciències de l'Antiguitat i l'Edat Mitjana i de l'Equip de Formació i Innovació de Llengües i Cultura Clàssiques. Methodos publica articles sobre didàctica de les llengües i la cultura clàssiques en qualsevol nivell educatiu. La seva vocació és esdevenir un espai de trobada entre l'ensenyament secundari i l'universitari, entre l'estudi del llatí i del grec, entre la didàctica de la llengua i de la cultura clàssica.

Open Access Journal: Cadernos de Língua e Literatura Hebraica

Cadernos de Língua e Literatura Hebraica
ISSN: 2317-8051 

A revista Cadernos de Língua e Literatura Hebraica, destinada à comunidade científica, tem como objetivo incluir todos os elementos que constituem o vasto arco dos estudos acadêmicos judaicos e hebraicos, desde a sua origem, que passa pela Antiguidade no Oriente Médio, até as mais recônditas diásporas judaicas do mundo contemporâneo. São contempladas as áreas de estudos literários e lingüísticos, história, filosofia, sociologia, antropologia, estudos religiosos, estudos do antissemitismo e crítica de arte. Os artigos são submetidos à avaliação de pareceristas nomeados ad hoc, normalmente membros da Comissão Cientifica da revista. São aceitos para consideração artigos originais e também resenhas de livro que digam respeito ao escopo da revista.

n. 10 (2012)



Apresentação PDF
Luis Sérgio Krausz 9-10


O que resta da vida e o contexto histórico: a respeito da identidade judaica e sua expressão na literatura hebraica PDF
Nancy Rozenchan 11-27
A ideologia sionista e o renascimento da língua hebraica em "Missaviv Lanekudá", de Yossef Haim Brenner PDF
Gabriel Steinberg Schvartzman 29-49
Na trilha ou o inferno de David Grossman PDF
Saul Kirschbaum 51-64
Culpa e sátira no divã: duas crônicas jornalisticas de Sayed Kashua PDF
Juliana Portenoy Schlesinger 65-82
Nombres, exilios, encierros. Susana Gertopán y la(s) escritura(s) judía(s) de Paraguay PDF (Español)
Liliana Ruth Feierstein 83-92
Cronos, hipnos e tânatos - a concepção do tempo e a concepção histórica no romance "O Beijo de Esaú", de Meir Shalev PDF
Naama Silverman-Forner 93-111
Georges Perec e a gênese da literatura comparada PDF
Renata Lopes Araujo 113-119
Bashevis Singer: tradição e modernidade PDF
Eziel Belaparte Percino 121-132
Entrevista com Yigal Schwartz PDF
Luis Sergio Krausz 133-139


A eleição de Israel na Torá PDF
Suzana Chwarts 141-151


O "eruv" na Europa, nos Estados Unidos e no Brasil: novas estratégias de demarcação do espaço judaico PDF
Marta Francisca Topel 153-164
A cerimônia da hena: as cores da etnicidade PDF
Wagner Lins 165-193


Israel no Trópico? Mulheres criptojudias e identidades religiosas no Brasil colonial PDF
Angelo Adriano Faria de Assis 195-208


Os padrões nominais do hebraico: o padrão reflexivo PDF
Rafael Dias Minussi 209-227
O alfabeto hebraico: origem divina x humana PDF
Manu Marcus Hubner 229-251


Entre nostalgia e redenção PDF
Luis Sergio Krausz 253-255

Seneca - De beneficiis: Tradizion del primo libro

Seneca - De beneficiis: Tradizion del primo libro
"Seneca - De beneficiis"è un blog dove verrà postata, paragrafo dopo paragrafo, la traduzione italiana del I libro del De beneficiis di Seneca.
A postarla saranno i loro autori, ovvero gli alunni della classe VR del Liceo Scientifico "S. Cannizzaro" di Palermo (a. s. 2013-14), che hanno scelto di affrontare con coraggio e con generosità, nell'anno del loro esame di stato, questa avventura didattica che io, il loro docente di latino, ho proposto.
Per il loro coraggio e la loro generosità li voglio ringraziare tutti, citandoli per nome: Roberto De Fortis, Emanuele Filingeri, Gianmarco Geraci, Alessandro Li Vigni, Giulio Lo Re, Andrea Messina, Alice Orlando, Roberta Pacino, Emilio Pinto, Giuseppe Pipitone, Francesco Pirillo, Federica Restivo, Riccardo Tarantino, Ornella Urzì, Gloria Varrica. 
La traduzione sarà il frutto del loro lavoro collettivo, ed è stata concepita come un dono che la classe ha scelto di fare alla comunità, dal momento che non esistono, in rete, edizioni digitali in italiano di questo trattato di Seneca.