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Monthly Archives: October 2008
Last Great Day Leftovers
In My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith, Benyamin Cohen reminded me of a Jewish interpretation of the Last Great Day, which I had long forgotten. The Last Great Day is … Continue reading
Sensitive Holy Spirit
In II Hermas 5, the divine messenger tells Hermas that the Holy Spirit won’t dwell in a person who’s bitter and angry. The Holy Spirit is sensitive and gentle, after all, so he can’t inhabit the same place as a … Continue reading
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Shepherd of Hermas on Divorce
Divorce is a pretty thorny issue for Christians, to say the least. I see that on my Christian dating site, which has a lot of divorced members. I wonder how they justify seeking another mate, when the New Testament has … Continue reading
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An Addition in Exodus 22:25-27: Part 1
Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 174. Exodus 22:25-27 states: “25 If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall … Continue reading
Uninspired Canonical Books?
Source: Sid Z. Leiman, The Canonization of Hebrew Scripture: The Talmudic and Midrashic Evidence (Hamden: Archon, 1976). The rabbis distinguished between books of the Bible that defile the hands and those that do not. Many argue that they were disputing … Continue reading
Source: John M. Cooper, “Aristotle,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 141-142. “Aristotle’s conception of god as the absolutely first cause and principle greatly influenced the development of Jewish, Christian, … Continue reading
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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
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
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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