Monthly Archives: May 2009

Pentecost 2009

Today is the Feast of Pentecost. For my reflections last year, see Pentecost 2008. What’s interesting is that a lot of churches are celebrating Pentecost today, not just the Armstrongites. At my Latin mass this morning, the church bulletin was … Continue reading

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Plural Elohim, Plural Verb

A while back, I wrote a post entitled Judges 16:23-24: Plural God, Singular Verb. In it, I cited a verse in which the word “Elohim” appears with a singular verb and refers to a pagan deity, namely, Dagon. I cautioned … Continue reading

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Cosmos from Chaos

G. Reale, A History of Ancient Philosophy: The Schools of the Imperial Age, trans. John R. Catan (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990) 188. Actually many scholars maintain that Philo gave more weight to the narration of [Plato’s] … Continue reading

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Reincarnation

Ruairidh Boid (M.N. Saraf), “Use, Authority and Exegesis of Mikra in the Samaritan Tradition,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 608-609. Whether some … Continue reading

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Philo, Reason, and Revelation

G. Reale, A History of Ancient Philosophy: The Schools of the Imperial Age, trans. John R. Catan (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990) 179. The foundation of the wisdom of which Philo speaks is faith, understood as firm … Continue reading

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How Much Did David Pay?

Rimon Kasher, “The Interpretation of Scripture in Rabbinic Literature,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 581. Thus, the contradiction between 2 Sam 24:24, … Continue reading

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Judge Sotormayor on Church/State Separation

Jay Sekulow of the conservative American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) claims that Judge Sotomayor is strict on the separation of church and state, meaning she would’ve voted against allowing the display of the Ten Commandments on public property … Continue reading

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Today, President Obama is announcing his selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor has a compelling story. According to the AP (see here): Sotomayor is a self-described “Newyorkrican” who grew up in a Bronx housing project … Continue reading

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Two Memorial Day Reflections

Here are two Memorial Day reflections. I’ll just post the quotes, without commenting on them in depth. At the outset, let me say that I agree with the first reflection, whereas I agree and disagree with the second one. 1. … Continue reading

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Relativist Self-Contradiction

G. Reale, A History of Ancient Philosophy: The Schools of the Imperial Age, trans. John R. Catan (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990) 141. Reale quotes Sextus, a Neo-Skeptic who lived in the second century C.E.: So also … Continue reading

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