Weekend Roundup, Part 2

Gobekli Tepe and Arslantepe Mound suffered little or no damage in the recent earthquake in southern Turkey. Other sites did not fare as well.

With the death of their leader and the destruction of their synagogue, the Jewish community in Antakya (biblical Antioch), Turkey, may be coming to an end after 2,500 years of continuous presence.

A new exhibition, “Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923,” has been created by the Princeton University Library’s Maps and Geospatial Information Center in collaboration with Richard Talbert, Research Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“A research project headed by Dr. Michael Hölscher of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), has uncovered that the Book of Revelation has some descriptions and phrases similar to ancient curse tablets.”

Aeon: “Some 3,700 years ago, an enslaved girl, a barber, and a king crossed paths in a city by the Euphrates. This is their story.”

“The historiography of cuneiform mathematics has been enormously fruitful in analyzing the surviving texts, such that countless aspects of the outstanding Mesopotamian mathematical techniques are known today.”

“The Database of Religious History, based at the University of British Columbia, is a digital, open access, and queryable repository of quantitative and qualitative information with the goal of covering the breadth of human religious experience.”

New from Princeton University Press: Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws: And Other Classical Myths, Historical Oddities, and Scientific Curiosities, by Adrienne Mayor

Carl Rasmussen explains “slip-strike tectonic movement” in the Jordan Rift and in the recent earthquake in Turkey.

I traveled last month in Turkey with Mark Wilson and Jason Borges. Jason’s new website on Biblical Turkey is worth checking out.

HT: Agade, Arne Halbakken


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