Daily Archives: November 10, 2008

Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 4

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 194. Fishbane states the following about Numbers 15’s interpretation of Leviticus 4: “Clearly [in Numbers 15] YHWH is not the speaker, for he is referred to in the … Continue reading

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Those Rebellious Shammaites

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 108. “These despotic acts of Herod were not calculated to make him beloved by his people. He was perfectly aware of their ill-will towards … Continue reading

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Canon and Ben Sira

Source: M. Gilbert, “Wisdom Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 300. On Ben Sira: “In the first century C.E. the book continued to circulate, as at Masada and Qumran. But nothing … Continue reading

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I Just Heard…

I just listened to the now famous Rahm Emanuel on Face the Nation. From what people have said about him, I expected a tiger! After all, Josh Lyman on the West Wing was supposedly based on this guy. But I … Continue reading

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