Daily Archives: April 6, 2011

Lightstone on Mekhilta; Which Babies?

I have two items for this post: 1.  I read an article by Jack Lightstone, “Form As Meaning in Halakic Midrash”, which appeared in the January 1, 1983 Semeia.  Lightstone discusses the contribution of Rene Bloch, which he considers to … Continue reading

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Inadequate Explanations; Debates on Messianism

I’m continuing my way through John Van Seters’ In Search of History.  Here are two issues: 1.  Van Seters looks at scholarly attempts to explain how ancient Israel developed a historiography in her pre-exilic period, whereas other ancient Near Eastern … Continue reading

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