Monthly Archives: February 2011

“Last Words”

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read Chapter 17, “Last Words.” This is the final chapter of the book. I have two points.  First of all, Booker T. Washington talks about “several severe race riots which had occurred … Continue reading

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Concluding Sperling

I finished S. David Sperling’s The Original Torah.  In this post, I’ll talk about Sperling’s views on Aaron and Moses. 1.  I’ve been waiting for a long time to read Sperling’s views on Aaron.  They pretty much go as follows: … Continue reading

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Fear and Encouragement

I really enjoyed the service at the Presbyterian church this morning, for it related to issues that I especially went through this week: worry, and how to handle criticism. I thought that the pastor presented constructive ways of looking at … Continue reading

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“Europe”

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read Chapter 16, “Europe.” In this chapter, Booker T. Washington talks about his pride in his children, his sadness at not being able to spend a lot of time with them, his … Continue reading

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Not Much on Segregation?

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read Chapter 15, “The Secret of Success in Public Speaking.” This chapter covered a lot of topics.  It’s like “Everything you wanted to know about Booker T. Washington” (my words): his hobbies, … Continue reading

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Psalm 13

For my weekly quiet time today, we’ll look at Psalm 13 and its interpreters.  In Psalm 13, the vexed Psalmist asks God how long God will forget him. 1.  In v 3, the Psalmist asks God to brighten his eyes, … Continue reading

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Booker T. Washington’s Approach in a Nut-Shell

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read Chapter 14, “The Atlanta Exposition Address.” In my opinion, this is the most important chapter in the book (although I say this with the realization that I still have three chapters … Continue reading

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Beginning Sperling

I started S. David Sperling’s The Original Torah.  Sperling’s argument is that many stories in the Torah are political allegories—they stand for a political situation on which they are commenting.  This isn’t too different from Richard Elliott Friedman’s Who Wrote … Continue reading

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Numbers 16: Three Approaches

In my write-up today of Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative, I want to talk about Alter’s approach to Numbers 16, which is about the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.  Before I get into Alter’s literary treatment of … Continue reading

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“Two Thousand Miles for a Five Minute Speech”

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read Chapter 13, “Two Thousand Miles for a Five Minute Speech.” In this chapter, we see some of the usual themes that appear throughout the book, in some way, shape, or form: … Continue reading

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