Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Sanctity of Life, and Stephen King’s IT

I have two items from Stephen King’s IT, both of which relate to the sanctity of life. 1.  Patrick Hockstetter was a part of Henry Bowers’ gang of bullies.  He was a psychopath, but his teachers were not overly concerned … Continue reading

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Conversion, Intermarriage, and Matrilineal Descent (with Some Interesting Asides)

For my write-up today of Shaye Cohen’s The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties, I will blog about Chapters 7-9.  What I will do is talk about what I consider to be the essence of the chapter, and then I … Continue reading

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Coping with Rejection, and Stephen King’s IT

In Chapter 11 of Stephen King’s IT, “Walking Tours”, some members of the Losers’ Club are walking about their childhood home of Derry, Maine.  Eddie Kasprak does so and reminisces about his childhood.  As he walks through what was a … Continue reading

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Cohen on Gentiles and Judaism

I’m continuing my way through Shaye Cohen’s The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties.  In this post, I’ll talk some things that I got out of Chapters 4-5. In Chapter 4, “From Ethnos to Ethno-Religion”, Cohen addresses a question.  In … Continue reading

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Emotion and Detachment, and Stephen King’s IT

On pages 694-700 of Stephen King’s IT, Henry Bowers’ gang of bullies is engaging in a rock-fight with the Losers’ Club (Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Mike Hanlon, Richie Tozer, Eddie Kasprak, and Stan Uris), the heroes of the … Continue reading

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Beginning Cohen’s Beginnings of Jewishness

I started Shaye Cohen’s The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties.  The book is about what in antiquity marked a person as a Jew.  Cohen offers documentation that Gentiles did not identify Jews as Jews on the basis of their … Continue reading

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Sternberg on the Dinah Story

I finished Meir Sternberg’s Poetics of Biblical Narrative.  In this post, I will highlight two passages, both of which are about the story of Dinah in Genesis 34. On page 472, Sternberg argues that the text identifies with Simeon and … Continue reading

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Confidence-Builders, and Stephen King’s IT

In this post, I will muse and ramble about confidence-builders, as I draw from Stephen King’s IT. On a page for Free Believers (which I define as believers in Christ who have issues with the Institutional Church and the way … Continue reading

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My Blog Is 4!

Today is my blog’s fourth birthday! This year, I mostly blogged through my academic reading for my comprehensive examinations.  And my blogging helped me immensely on my comps, for going through my blogs about the books that I read planted … Continue reading

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Why Does Gideon Misquote?

For my write-up today of Meir Sternberg’s Poetics of Biblical Narrative, I will quote something that Sternberg says on page 420, then I will elaborate on the biblical passage to which Sternberg is referring. “For a more intricate example of … Continue reading

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