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Codex Washingtonensis and Old Testament Texts on Display at Freer Gallery
The third oldest parchment manuscript of the Gospels, the Codex Washingtonensis (or Washington Codex) will be put on display along with a parchment codex of Deuteronomy and Joshua in the Peacock room of the Freer Gallery from November 16, 2013, to February 16, 2014. The Codex Washingtonensis dates from the fourth to fifth centuries. The Deuteronomy and Joshua texts are substantially complete and date from the same period.
Also on view are painted wooden covers, designed to protect the Gospels and decorated with representations of the four Evangelists. These rare—and rarely shown—manuscripts were last on view in 2006, when they were part of "In the Beginning," a landmark exhibition of Bibles before the year 1000.
Charles Lang Freer purchased the manuscripts in 1906 in Giza, Egypt, and later organized and underwrote significant early biblical scholarship. While researching their cultural context and physical structure, it was discovered that the Codex Washingtonensis contains a passage not found in any other biblical text—a segment at the end of the Gospel of Mark known as the Freer logion which will be viewable during the exhibition.
The Freer Gallery of Art, located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, DC. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25), and admission is free. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, the public may call (202) 633-1000 or visit www.asia.si.edu.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P. - Nov. 11, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Rev. Dr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., who died in Jerusalem on Nov. 11, 2013 at the age of 78.
A CBA member since 1966, Fr. Jerome served on the Editorial Board of Catholic Biblical Quarterly from 1997 to 2004 and wrote several articles for the journal. He was a leading authority on St. Paul, a Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem, and a cousin to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.
Born on 10 April 1935 to Kerry Murphy-O'Connor and Mary McCrohan, Fr. Jerome was the eldest of four children. He attended the Christian Brothers College in Cork, going on to study at the Vincentian-run Castleknock College in Dublin. He entered the Dominican Novitiate in Cork in September 1953, giving up his baptismal name 'James' and to take a new name in religion, 'Jerome', a symbol of his commitment to his faith. Bearing in mind his future career, this was an apt choice, as Jerome is the patron saint of biblical studies.
Fr. Jerome was ordained priest in July 1960. At the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the core of his scholarly life emerged. His first serious study as a lecturer was on the theme of Preaching in St. Paul, which he later developed into a doctoral thesis under the direction of the Dominican biblical scholar, Ceslas Spicq. He received his Doctorate in 1962, and studied in Rome in 1963. He also researched the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of Heidelberg, and New Testament theology at the University of Tübingen. From there he went to the École Biblique in Jerusalem, which was to become his religious, scholarly, and personal home for the next 40 years.
The École Biblique, founded in 1890 by French Dominican scholars, was an internationally renowned centre for Biblical studies and Biblical archaeology. Fr. Jerome was appointed Professor of New Testament there in 1967. Oxford University Press invited him to write an archaeological guide to the Holy Land which was published in 1980. This was translated into several languages with a revised edition in 1986, and has become the standard guide-book. Murphy-O'Connor lectured around the world and made numerous television appearances.Read more: Recently Deceased Members
The CBA is pleased to announce the publication of the two newest volumes in our "CBQ Monograph Series":
No. 50 (2013): Richard J. Dillon, The Hymns of St. Luke: Lyricism and Narrative Strategy in Luke 1—2, $15 (members $12).
No. 49 (2013): Aaron J. Koller, The Semantic Field of Cutting Tools in Ancient Israel, $32 (members $25.60).
To order please see the main page of the CBQMS section of this website.
The following recent announcements of faculty or administrative positions may be of interest to CBA members:
- University of Dallas: Adjunct Online Instructors in OT or NT
- University of San Diego: Chair, Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies
- University of Mary [Bismark, SD]: Professor, Department of Theology (rank & speciality open)
- St. Vincent Seminary [Latrobe, PA]: Pope Benedict XVI Chair for Biblical Theology and Homiletics for Excellence in Preaching
- Open Theology [online journal]: Section Editors
For more info, see this website's section on Job Openings.
NEWS (11/1/2013; revised 11/8/2013):
The CBA Office has undergone a considered search process to find a new assistant to the Executive Secretary. We have hired Lisa Tarker to fill this position.
Lisa comes to CBA after serving as Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) for the past 11 years. Her first day in the CBA office was October 30. We welcome her and look forward to her contributions to the work and mission of the CBA.Read more: CBA Office Staff
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