Daily Archives: October 27, 2008

Psalm 78 and Manna

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 327. “A reflex of [the Exodus 16 manna] tradition is incorporated into a historiographical psalm, Psalm 78, amidst a catena of instances where Israel disregarded the manifest goodness … Continue reading

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The Cosmos’ Cycles, According to Plato

Source: Christopher Rowe, “Plato,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 111. Christopher Rowe refers to Plato’s Statesman, in which the character Socrates discusses a view on the cosmos’ cycles. In … Continue reading

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Second Degree Impure Food

Source: Sid Z. Leiman, The Canonization of Hebrew Scripture: The Talmudic and Midrashic Evidence (Hamden: Archon, 1976) 103-104. According to the rabbis, a person who touches an impure object gains second degree impurity with respect to his hands. One removes … Continue reading

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Judaism and the Prosperity Gospel

In My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith, Benyamin Cohen says the following about the prosperity Gospel: “Although Judaism has similar notions about prosperity–our prayers often ask for sustenance–it is, by … Continue reading

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A Transformative Word

I’m reading an excellent book right now, Benyamin Cohen’s My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith. It’s about an orthodox Jew who grows tired of Judaism and decides to sample the … Continue reading

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On my Christian dating site, someone posted an article that critiqued atheists, particularly Christopher Hitchens and Bill Maher. It cited surveys that showed religious people are healthier and happier than those who are non-religious. In the course of the discussion, … Continue reading

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