Monthly Archives: August 2009

Edward Kennedy

This will be a different post from what I’ve written before. Basically, I’ll be writing a bunch of words and phrases that I associate with the late Senator Edward Kennedy. And, when I feel like it, I’ll throw in some … Continue reading

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I Kings 8’s Allusion to II Samuel 7, Part II

I Kings 8’s Allusion to II Samuel 7, Part II

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Multiple Meanings and Control

H.L. Strack and Gunter Stemberger, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash: Second Edition, trans. and ed. Markus Bockmuehl (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996) 238-239. The rabbis are also convinced of the ambiguity of Scripture: ‘A Scripture passage has several meanings’ (Sanh 34a). … Continue reading

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I Kings 8’s Allusion to II Samuel 7

I Kings 8’s Allusion to II Samuel 7 I had problems pasting the Hebrew here, but it’s better on my blogger blog.

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An Ogre God?

H.L. Strack and Gunter Stemberger, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash: Second Edition, trans. and ed. Markus Bockmuehl (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996) 176. In Shab 2.6 we read that women die in childbirth…because of three transgressions. The three transgressions that the … Continue reading

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Media Selectivity

The AP has a news story, “Did the Harsh Interrogation Methods Actually Work?” (see here).  Remember the CIA documents that demonstrate the success of the enhanced interrogation techniques, according to Cheney?  The AP read the documents more closely and concluded … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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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