Monthly Archives: August 2010

Abusch on Biblical Pre-History; Daisy and the Imam; James Kilpatrick

1.  I’m reading Bringing the Hidden to Light: Studies in Honor of Stephen A. Geller.  Stephen Geller teaches at Jewish Theological Seminary, which is one of my alma maters.  I heard some of these studies when I was there.  Others, … Continue reading

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Veiled Rabbinic Attacks on Christian Doctrines

This is my final post on Burton Visotzky’s Golden Bells and Pomegranates.    On pages 165-167, Visotzky (if I’m reading him correctly) interprets Leviticus Rabbah 14:5 as a veiled attack on the Christian doctrines of original sin, the virgin birth, the … Continue reading

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Ghosts and Deception

I finished Burton Visotzky’s Golden Bells and Pomegranates just now.   On pages 141-142, Visotzky talks about a story in Leviticus Rabbah 24:3, which concerns a local spirit who lived in a well.  This spirit didn’t bother the people in the … Continue reading

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“You Are a Writer!”

One of my favorite scenes in the movie, Julie and Julia, is when Julie gets a phone call asking her to write a cookbook.  “I’m going to be a writer!”, she tells her husband.  “You are a writer”, her husband … Continue reading

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Articles about Beth Moore

I want to post a few links right now, so I can revisit them for a future post, or two, or three: Christianity Today’s article on Beth Moore. Response to CT article by Beth Moore’s daughter, Melissa. Both of these … Continue reading

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Insecurity and Self-Acceptance

Latin mass was interesting this morning, for the tone of the bulletin seemed to contradict the tone of the homily. The bulletin had passages like these: Don’t be so sure that you know who is and who isn’t, who will … Continue reading

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My Blog is 3!

Today is my blog’s third birthday. Throughout the week, I’ve been looking forward to writing this post, thinking about things to write.  (Yes, I’m that narcissistic!  Or, at least, I’m that obsessed with my blog!)  Now that it’s my blog’s … Continue reading

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Let Us; Neshamah

I’m continuing my way through Henri Blocher’s In the Beginning.  Here are two items that caught my eye: 1.  In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let us create man in our image”.  Why does God refer to himself in the first … Continue reading

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II Kings 19

For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied II Kings 19.  King Sennacherib of Assyria is seeking to conquer Jerusalem, and Hezekiah prays to the LORD.  In answer to Hezekiah’s prayer, God (through an angel) kills off the Assyrian … Continue reading

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Oh Brother…

I’m tired right now, so I’m not going to write about Leviticus Rabbah at the moment.  Rather, I’m going to create an “Oh Brother” post! In an online forum, I’ve been discussing the so-called “Ground Zero mosque”.  Here are some … Continue reading

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