Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Good Side to Harold Lauder

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition, I’ll revise somewhat my impression of Harold Lauder.  In my post here, I said that my impression of Harold as he appears in the book was … Continue reading

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Egyptian and Greek Influence on Jewish Religion

I finished The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume Three: The Early Roman Period.  I particularly liked J. Gwyn Griffiths’ essay, “The legacy of Egypt in Judaism”.  Griffiths asks: Why should we assume that Jews absorbed such ideas as post-mortem judgment … Continue reading

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Authority

On page 325 of Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition, Fran thinks the following: “If the system of authority had temporarily broken down, they would just have to find the scattered others and re-form it.  It didn’t … Continue reading

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Temple Grandin

I watched Temple Grandin last night.  Temple Grandin is an autistic lady who has made significant contributions to the field of animal husbandry.  There are many things that I can say about this movie, which deservedly got a number of … Continue reading

Posted in Asperger's, Autism, Movies

The Am Ha-Aretz, Sinners, and the Prodigal Son

I went to my church’s Bible study last night.  We’re going through Tim Keller’s The Prodigal God, which is about Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son.  (Tim Keller doesn’t like that title for the parable, for it concerns two sons … Continue reading

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Gentiles and the Torah

In my reading today of The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 3: The Early Roman Period, I found information that related to Jewish attitudes towards Gentile observance of the Torah, which is an interest of mine. First of all, on … Continue reading

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Common Sense

My reading through Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition will most likely be slow this week, since I find that I am getting tired easily after my wisdom teeth operation.  Last night, I proceeded through Chapter 35, … Continue reading

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Complex Essenes, Complex Dead Sea Scrolls

In my reading today of The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume Three: The Early Roman Period, I read about the Dead Sea Scrolls.  I’ll highlight two passages in today’s reading. The first passage is on page 814, in Jonathan Campbell’s … Continue reading

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Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Operation

Over the next few days, I’ll be recovering from having had three of my wisdom teeth pulled, so, if I don’t get to your comments during that time, it’s not because I’m being stuck up.  I’ll probably still be writing … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Past and the Present

I have two items for today’s write-up of Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition: 1.  In Chapter 34, we’re introduced to Donald Merwin Elbert, also known as the “Trashcan Man”.  The Trashcan Man is a pyromaniac, and … Continue reading

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