new journal: Metatron

courtesy of Agade:

Forthcoming Open Access Journal:

Metatron: Revealing Ancient Knowledge

An initiative ofBible and Religions of the Ancient Near East
Collective (BRANE), hosted by Renewed Philology at Yale.

Metatron is a journal of modern philology and the ancient imagination
offering new vistas on the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and
Near East. Named after the mediating angel of Jewish mysticism, it is
designed to open cutting-edge research to a broad intellectual

As an open-access journal, Metatron is designed to be:

Conversational but Focused: each volume presents a dialogue between
scholars on a current topic. Contributors of diverse backgrounds and
career stages approach the question from multiple perspectives.

Rigorous but Readable: Rather than mystifying readers with bursts of
recondite theory or vast footnotes, Metatron focuses on short pieces
designed to provoke thought and evoke dialogue. These are combined
with companion case studies that share an important text, image, or
site and work through it to illuminate new aspects.

Our scope covers ancient Western Asia and the Near East from the dawn
of writing through late Antiquity and from philology and poetics to
history and material culture. As an open-access publication, Metatron
presents high quality works-in-progress designed to provoke creative
discussion. An initial stage of double-blind peer review preserves the
rigor of traditional publication, but an equally vital element of
review is the discussions that make up the journal itself. The result
preserves the scholarly values of traditional publication but focuses
not on fully polished works but contributions that raise questions
worth having a dialogue on.

Volume 1: Ancient Hebrew Literature Beyond “The Bible”
Issue 1 (Winter 2020): Towards a New Map of Second Temple Literature:
Revelation, Rewriting, and Genre Before the Bible.

Issue 2 (Spring 2021) What is Scripture? Are canonical texts
inevitable, or can our relationship with sacred writing form multiple

Submission Guidelines:
We invite two types of contributions: themes and case studies, to be
sent to

Big questions or themes for a Metatron volume, with at least two or
three proposed participants or interlocutors. Proposals should be
500-1000 words covering I. Why the topic is important II. How this
volume will advance on it in a new way III. How the discussion will be
organized, including at least two abstracts and participant names and
IV. How the dialogue meets the BRANE principles of inclusion, rigor,
the promotion of new scholars and scholarship, and public service.

Case studies. These are closer to conventional journal articles but
should I. Be connected to a topic under discussion at BRANE II. linger
on the source material a little longer to introduce readers to what
the text or thing under discussion is and open new perspectives on why
it is meaningful and III. Keep footnotes short. Submissions can be
from 5-30 pages double-spaced 12-point font, following SBL format, and
anonymized, in both .docx and .pdf forms.

Articles should be in English, though we welcome non-Anglophone
submissions and are happy to discuss translating contributions in
French, German, and other languages.

Helen Dixon
Jae Han
Gina Konstantopoulos
Jacqueline Vayntrub