Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

A VL Classic, first posted in July of 2016 Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Pontius Pilate Project

A week from today, I’ll be starting a new course: an MPhil in New Testament studies. My dissertation project is about Pontius Pilate, specifically his representation in the accounts of … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 6 Comments

Transmission and interpretation: the case of Josephus

In studying anything to do with ancient history, the first thing you learn is that the preservation of texts is a haphazard affair. Sometimes the only reason the corpus of … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction, by Timothy Lim

In an earlier post for VL, I enthused wildly about The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (see my exhortation here). And now I can wholeheartedly recommend a companion volume, … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

As for me, if I stumble, the mercies of God shall be my eternal salvation. If I stagger because of the sin of flesh, my justification shall be by the … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so much in Walden, which could’ve been written by any … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Road To Middlemarch. My Life With George Eliot, by Rebecca Mead.

Like no other novel, Middlemarch divides humanity I find. Only those who have never considered reading it are indifferent. It is enormous, and a challenge. It inspires passionate defence in … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Newman on Kingsley on Newman: Apologia pro vita sua

First of all, an apology. Today’s post was supposed to be a review of Ian Ker’s Newman on Vatican II. Unfortunately, life intervened, so what I can offer today is much … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Light reading in 100 AD

Guest poster Colin Fisher ponders reading choices and national identity in politically interesting times. Like many Scots I was reminded by the stramash over the referendum recently to consider whether … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

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