At SBL I noticed that Mohr Siebeck was launching a new journal called Religion in the Roman World (3 issues per year). The editorial board looks well qualified. The price of the journal seems quite reasonable too, so kudos to Mohr Siebeck for thinking of professors and libraries with meagre book budgets!
Below is the journal’s opening statement:
Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE) is bold in the sense that it intends to further and document new and integrative perspectives on religion in the Ancient World combining multidisciplinary methodologies. Starting from the notion of “lived religion” it will offer a space to take up recent, but still incipient, research to modify and cross the disciplinary boundaries of History of Religion, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, Ancient History, Jewish History, Rabbinics, New Testament, Early Christianity, Patristics, Coptic Studies, Gnostic and Manichean Studies, Late Antiquity and Oriental Languages. We hope to stimulate the development of new approaches that can encompass the local and global trajectories of the multidimensional pluralistic religions of antiquity.
Each volume will consist of three issues a year, each of approximately 130 pages in length. It will include an editorial, five to seven main articles, and book reviews. All articles and contributions that exceed 8 pages in length will be double-blind peer-reviewed. All articles and contributions will be in English.
The first issues will deal with “Lived Religion: Appropriations of Religion and Meanings in Situations,” “Understanding Objects in Religious Contexts” and with “Practices and Groups,” bringing together studies on textual and archaeological material from all areas of the Mediterranean.
As an English-speaker, I am relieved that “All articles…will be in English,” but this choice does surprise me a bit coming from Mohr Siebeck (and noticeably diverges from the German/English focus of Early Christianity). In any case, I still look forward to how this journal progresses. I believe biblical scholars need to be more in tune with what is going on in classics/history scholarship, and this kind of journal helps to bridge these worlds (as evident from the editorial board).