Daily Archives: November 21, 2008

Stoic Martyrs

Source: John Sellars, Stoicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) 108-109. “If I am doing my best to be a rational being who is free and independent of others, then I will sometimes have to make choices that may appear … Continue reading

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Greco-Roman Monotheism, Biblical Intolerance

Source: George W.E. Nickelsburg, “Stories of Biblical and Early Post-Biblical Times,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 77-79. “There is little that is particularly Jewish in these answers. For the most part, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Comps, Greco-Roman, Joan of Arcadia, Life, Religion, School, Television

Graetz and Tobit

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 430. “Hadrian and Rufus’s cruel measures were directed not against the survivors alone, but also against the dead. The heaps of dead [Jewish] bodies … Continue reading

Posted in Comps, Religion, School, Tobit, Wisdom of Solomon

The Stoic God

Source: John Sellars, Stoicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) 91-104. Ordinarily, I give specific quotes when I write these kinds of posts, but there is so much good stuff in my reading today that I can’t do that. So … Continue reading

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Satan: Prosecutor or Embodiment of Evil?

Source: George W.E. Nickelsburg, “Stories of Biblical and Early Post-Biblical Times,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 53. “As Isaiah is being tortured, Bechir-ra, acting as the mouthpiece of Satan, attempts to … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Comps, Job, Life, Religion, School