Monthly Archives: November 2008

The JFK Assassination

Today is the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. Some of my readers were alive when it happened. I’m not exactly sure what to say about Kennedy. There are books that claim he was corrupt, yet there are many who herald … Continue reading

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Judah’s Lecture Notes

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 460-461. “The style of Judah’s Mishna is concise, well-rounded, and intelligent, and is thereby well adapted to impress itself firmly on the memory. He … Continue reading

Posted in Comps, Rabbinics, Religion, School

II Clement, Gentiles, and Idolatry

II Clement 1:7 states, “We were defective in our understandings; worshipping stones and wood; gold, and silver, and brass, the work of men’s hands…” (Translation from The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden.) In my … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Daily Quiet Time, II Clement, Life, Religion, School

Clement, Dispensationalism, and Salvation

For my daily quiet time, I’ve been reading early Christian writings, such as Shepherd of Hermas, Barnabas, and I-II Clement. Their Christianity seems to differ from dispensationalism, particularly the brand I encounter when I read Bullinger and Scofield. According to … Continue reading

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Help!

In the comments section of my post, “Asperger’s and Religion”, “Grandma Jay” asked for my advice on an issue she’s encountered, and I requested her permission to write a special post on it. This is something I need your help … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Comps, Greco-Roman, I Maccabees, II Maccabees, III Maccabees, IV Maccabees, Religion | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Comps, Greco-Roman, Life, Religion, School

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