Very pleased to be giving a seminar next month at the University of California, Berkeley, on a Syrian philosopher-bishop of late antiquity, Nemesius of Emesa. More to come --
I am very pleased to hear that my Hurst book on Jesus (out in London, in December '22) will also be an Oxford University Press book (out in New York, in March '23).
"Shrewd, well-written & penetrating analyses of some of the greatest mysteries of Mankind ... gleaned from a profound knowledge of the gospels." -- advance praise for I Judge No One from Andrew Roberts FRSL FRHistS, author of Napoleon the Great & many other bestselling biographies
Good words from the estimable Guy Stroumsa on my new book: "This fresh, insightful understanding of the figure of Jesus succeeds in turning the tables... The work of Giorgio Agamben on Paul is perhaps the closest parallel I can think of."
Religion of the heart, with trysts & quests & pangs of consolation - Geoffrey Hill Geoffrey Hill, 1984
In anticipation of October evenings, Bruckner's gorgeous little autumn nocturne ---
Great to see the Autumn-Winter Hurst Catalogue in print, in DC. I Judge No One is featured on p 16: "How can the narratives of the gospels, & their interpretation through the centuries, explain the highly political death of a deeply spiritual figure?" Out in December.
Very pleased to see that a noted historian of early Christianity (& author of an excellent book on Eusebius of Emesa), R. E. Winn, has called The Innocence of Pontius Pilate "unique and incisive", "necessary reading [on] the influence of the Christian tradition on western society".
It's good to find myself listening to an old disc of Glenn Gould's Brahms. I care less & less for his spare, pointillist play -- but, with Brahms, it's somehow revelatory. The romantic wave becomes light-bearing particles in his hands.