Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Protecting Torah?; Did God Need a Partner?

1. Jacob Neusner, Invitation to Midrash: The Workings of Rabbinic Bible Interpretation (Atlanta: Scholars, 1998) 231. Neusner lists points lacking emphasis in the rabbinic “Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan ” (fifth-sixth centuries). One of them is “an assertion that one … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Rabbinics, Religion

Katie Couric’s Interview of Glenn Beck

Here is Katie Couric’s interview with Glenn Beck.  It’s a civil and intelligent discussion, and it lasts for 44 minutes. Glenn Beck – CBS News Video I appreciated what he said about the race issue and the right-wing marches.  He … Continue reading

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Day of Atonement 2009

One good Day of Atonement that I remember occurred when I was living in New York. I liked holy days because they were time off from school and homework, and that was the case with the Day of Atonement, even … Continue reading

Posted in Desperate Housewives, Holidays, Life, Movies, Religion, Television

Ghosts, Frog-zilla, Loving the Pushy, William Safire

This will be one of my multiple blogs, where I blog on more than one topic in one post. I’m trying to get things done before the Day of Atonement. I’ll still be blogging on that day, but I want … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Current Events, Deaths, Politics, Rabbinics, Religion

Stopping Me in My Tracks, God in My Life

I studied II Samuel 20 for my weekly quiet time this week. Here are two lessons I got out of it: 1. David replaced Joab with Amasa for the job of commander of the king’s army. The reason was probably … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, II Samuel, Religion, Weekly Quiet Time

Patty Duke Reunion Movie (1999)

So why do I want to see the 1999 reunion movie for the Patty Duke Show? Here are my reasons: 1. I’ve been watching the Patty Duke Show this week to get it off my DVR. I want to see … Continue reading

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A Religion of the Book?

William Scott Green, “Writing with Scripture: The Rabbinic Uses of the Hebrew Bible,” Writing with Scripture: The Authority and Uses of the Hebrew Bible in Formative Judaism, ed. Jacob Neusner (Philadelphia, 1989; Atlanta, 1993) 16. …rabbis reinforced the impression of … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Life, Rabbinics, Religion, School

The Rabbis Wrestle with God

Jacob Neusner, Invitation to Midrash: The Workings of Rabbinic Bible Interpretation (Atlanta: Scholars, 1998) 172, 192. Like a lot of people, I’ve encountered village atheists in my lifetime. What’s interesting is that, today, I found their objections in some rabbinic … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Life, Rabbinics, Religion, School

Caught Up on Brothers and Sisters (Sort Of)

I technically got caught up on Brothers and Sisters today, not in the sense that I watched every single episode of Season 3, but rather in the sense that I saw enough of Season 3 to watch the first episode … Continue reading

Posted in Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dr. Quinn, Television, West Wing, Wonder Years

Cross, Dtr, and II Samuel 7

In this post, I want to highlight the parts of II Samuel 7 that Frank Moore Cross believes are Deuteronomistic, according to his Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic. But I’m not going to highlight every part he deems Deuteronomistic, but … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Papers, Religion