Monthly Archives: October 2008

Which Source Is Earlier?

Sources: Jacob Neusner’s Introduction to Rabbinic Literature, and Judith Hauptman’s “Mishnah As a Response to ‘Tosefta,’” which is in Specific Problems in Rabbinic Literature. What influenced what? That seems to be where Neusner and Hauptman disagree. According to Neusner, the … Continue reading

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Pity and Plato

Source: Martha C. Nussbaum, “Philosophy and Literature,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 226. “[Plato’s] Republic x takes an even stronger stance against tragic poetry…Once again, the ethical objection raised … Continue reading

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Halloween 2008

Today is Halloween. To read my Halloween reflections for last year, see Halloween 2007. I’d like to spend tonight watching horror movies, but I checked out some more Joan of Arcadia DVDs, and I want to watch those before they’re … Continue reading

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Barack’s Infomercial

I wrote a post yesterday about Barack Obama’s infomercial, but it got lost. I hate it when that happens! Basically, I said that Obama tried to present himself as a new Ronald Reagan. He didn’t use those exact words, mind … Continue reading

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Harmonizing on Sanctuary

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 251-252. Exodus 20:24 states: “You need make for me only an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your offerings of well-being, your sheep … Continue reading

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Neusner on the Substance of the Mishnah

Source: Jacob Neusner’s Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah, page 282. “The Mishnah’s evidence presents a Judaism which at its foundations and through all of its parts deals with a single fundamental question: What can a man do? The evidence … Continue reading

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Pre-existent Souls?

Source: A.A. Long, “Roman Philosophy,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 210. “Tertullian in his work On the Soul draws heavily on Stoicism, aligning himself against Plato with the Stoics’ … Continue reading

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An Addition in Exodus 22:25-27: Part 2

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 175. Here’s Exodus 22:20-27. I’ve colored in blue the most important verses for this discussion, and in red what Fishbane deems to be a later addition: “20 Whoever … Continue reading

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Unclean Exile

My source today is Jacob Neusner’s Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah. I’m not in the mood to look for the date. Here are a few sentences that intrigued me: “Uncleanness, which above all endangers the cult and must be … Continue reading

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Whom to Imitate: Adults or Kids?

Source: Jacques Brunschwig and David Sedley, “Hellenistic Philosophy,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 161. “Unlike Aristotle, who looked to the mature adult as the best judge of what is … Continue reading

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