Daily Archives: August 24, 2009

The Unconditional Covenant in I-II Kings

II Samuel 7 presents God’s covenant with David as unconditional: David’s dynasty will last forever, and, if his sons sin, God will discipline them, but he won’t remove his love from them, as he did with King Saul. But I … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Papers, Religion

Messy Law Code, or Teaching Manual, or Whatever

H.L. Strack and Gunter Stemberger, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash: Second Edition, trans. and ed. Markus Bockmuehl (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996) 138. Given today’s knowledge, it is no longer possible unequivocally to determine whether M [(the Mishnah)] was originally conceived … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Comps, Rabbinics, Religion

So Much for “Traditional” Authorship!

H.L. Strack and Gunter Stemberger, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash: Second Edition, trans. and ed. Markus Bockmuehl (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996) 63. ‘The Men of the Great Synagogue‘…in Abot 1.1-2 connect the time of the prophets with the Pharisaic movement, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Life, Rabbinics, Religion, School

The Heroine of Kanawha County

Polycarp had a post a few days ago, This Day in History: W.Va. textbook protest marked pivotal moment. The post is about the anti-textbook protests in Kanawha County, West Virginia in the 1970’s. Apparently, there was a reunion of the … Continue reading

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