Daily Archives: April 4, 2011

A Spiritual Desperate Housewives Episode

I really enjoyed tonight’s episode of Desperate Housewives, and I say this as a viewer who hasn’t cared much for this particular season.  The reason that I enjoyed it so much was that it was a spiritual episode—about repentance, forgiveness, … Continue reading

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Biblical Halakhah

On pages 135-136 of his chapter on “Halakha” in The Literature of the Sages, Part I, Shmuel Safrai talks about halakhah in the Hebrew Bible.  Here are a couple of examples: 1.  In Exodus 30:11-16, the Israelites are commanded to … Continue reading

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Beginning Van Seters’ In Search of History

I started John Van Seters’ In Search of History. I’ll start this post with Van Seters’ “criteria by which to identify history writing in ancient Israel”, which he enumerates on pages 4-5. The first one is as follows: “History writing … Continue reading

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