Monthly Archives: December 2008

Esther Contra Torah, Christianity’s Net Effects, Individual Communalism

1. Roger T. Beckwith, “Formation of the Hebrew Bible,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 67. “The grounds upon which Esther was disputed … Continue reading

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Canon Mavericks, Economic Sex Ethic, Eruv

1. Roger T. Beckwith, “Formation of the Hebrew Bible,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 59. “What, then, is meant by a closed … Continue reading

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Jesus the Literate, Slavery, Had Adam and Eve Done It Right

1. M. Bar-Ilan, “Writing in Ancient Israel. Part Two: Scribes and Books in the Late Second Commonwealth and Rabbinic Period,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder … Continue reading

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Victor French and Ned Beatty on the Waltons

I saw an episode of the Waltons today with Victor French–Isaiah Edwards on Little House on the Prairie, and Mark Gordon on Highway to Heaven. He didn’t have a beard! He didn’t even have a heavy mustache, which he generally … Continue reading

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God’s Quiz, More on the Afterlife, a Present Kingdom

1. Aaron Demsky, “Writing in Ancient Israel. Part One: The Biblical Period,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 13. “In fact, it has … Continue reading

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Christian Theater Major Needs Advice

A while back, I wrote a post entitled Christian Actors, in which I discussed Christian actors and the roles that they played. “Is it all right for a Christian actor to play a role in which he has sex outside … Continue reading

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Right to Left, Death, Intention

1. Aaron Demsky, “Writing in Ancient Israel. Part One: The Biblical Period,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 3. “The most significant development … Continue reading

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Martyrdom, Jesus’ Appearance, Regenerating Torah

1. Source: Isaiah Gafni, “Historical Background,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 8. “Thus, claimed [Emil] Schurer, if the hellenization of the Jewish people ultimately failed, it was due to the over-zealous … Continue reading

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Unequally Yoked on Eli Stone

Many evangelicals believe that Christians shouldn’t date or marry non-Christians. They call this being “unequally yoked.” Touched by an Angel did an episode on this topic, which starred Wynonna Judd. Wynonna was a God-believer, and she was about to marry … Continue reading

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Antiochus, Transubstantiation, Edenic Sabbath

1. Source: Isaiah Gafni, “Historical Background,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 7-8. “The change in Seleucid policy may be attributed at least in part to external events. Following the defeat of … Continue reading

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