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Monthly Archives: June 2010
I finished Lee Levine’s Judaism and Hellenism and Antiquity this morning. Levine’s final paragraph said that the Jews of antiquity adapted to their Hellenistic surroundings, even as they tried to maintain particularism. Many people believe that Judaism survived on account … Continue reading
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Unclean Lands; Bible and ANE Documents; Rabbis and Images; Robert Byrd
1. I finished my assigned reading of Jacob Lauterbach’s Rabbinic Essays. What stood out to me today was something Lauterbach said on page 255: Indeed, the decree of the two Joses declaring the land of the gentiles unclean (Shab. 15a) … Continue reading
The Language of the Returning Exiles; Following Jesus
1. In Rabbinic Essays, Jacob Lauterbach argues on pages 214-215 that the exiles who returned from Babylon spoke Hebrew, not Aramaic. He appeals to Nehemiah 13:24, in which Nehemiah is upset that some of the Israelite children could not speak … Continue reading
Seneca the Younger: Do As I Say?
Seneca the Younger was a first century C.E. rhetorician. In A New History of Classical Rhetoric, on pages 176-177, G.A. Kennedy states the following about Seneca’s ideal style, and the question of whether or not Seneca himself followed it: Much … Continue reading
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Not So Much “Survival” of the Fittest
I’m still working my way through Jerry Coynes’ Why Evolution Is True. In today’s reading, Coynes tackles a question that (according to him) baffles a lot of creationists: Why did God make male animals that have the ability to attract … Continue reading
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II Kings 11
For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied II Kings 11. II Kings 8:26 informs us that Athaliah was the daughter of Omri, who started the Northern Israelite dynasty that included his son, King Ahab. But she was technically the … Continue reading
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Scripture—Standing Above the Church
In the assigned readings from Jacob Lauterbach’s Rabbinic Essays, I notice the following passage from page 209: In the opinion of these democratic lay teachers…the right to decide religious questions given in Deut. 17.9ff. to the priests was not given … Continue reading
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Lessons from a Spiritual Loser?
Alise has a good post today, Putting my money where my mouth is. She asks near the end of her post: “Do you think you could enjoy a Christian song if you found out that it was written by an atheist?” … Continue reading
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Gnostics; Tensions in Rabbinic Judaism
1. I read Birger Pearson’s “Jewish Elements of Gnosticism and the Development of Gnostic Self-Definition.” According to Pearson, Gnostics “identify themselves ontologically with the highest God and understand themselves as originating ‘from the Primeval Father’ (Hyp. Arch. II.96.19-20).” He further … Continue reading
Many Plants, One Body
1. I read the assigned passage from Israel Bettan’s Studies in Jewish Preaching. On pages 20-21, Bettan refers to a midrash of Leviticus 23:40, which discusses four plants that the Israelites are to use during the Feast of Tabernacles. The … Continue reading