Monthly Archives: November 2011

Epistemology and Funerals

I read a lot of Stephen King’s Needful Things yesterday.  I have two items: 1.  There were a couple of passages on pages 405-406 that stood out to me, a wannabe academic.  Sheriff Alan Pangborn and Henry Payton of the … Continue reading

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Psalm 52

For my weekly quiet time this week, I will blog about Psalm 52 and its interpreters. I have two items: 1.  The superscription states (in the King James Version): “A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told … Continue reading

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Friendship, Mr. Gaunt’s Way, Christian Sub-Cultures, Fine Days

Yesterday, I got a lot of reading done of Stephen King’s Needful Things.  Here are four passages that stood out to me, along with my comments: 1. On page 302, we read the following about Alan: “He reached the corner … Continue reading

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Is I Thessalonians 2:13-16 Pauline?

On page 125 of Jewish and Pauline Studies, W.D. Davies says that I Thessalonians 2:13-16 was authentically Pauline, whereas many scholars have maintained that the passage was added later than Paul.  A. Andrew Das, in Paul and the Jews (which … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Jewish-Christian Relations, Religion

Danforth, Myrtle, and Empathy

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s Needful Things, I’ll write some about Myrtle Keeton. In my post here, I wrote about Danforth Keeton and how he is ordinarily verbally abusive to his wife, Myrtle, but he is nice to … Continue reading

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The Torah in the Eschatological Era

I started W.D. Davies’ Jewish and Pauline Studies.  On page 26, Davies talks about the Torah in the Messianic future and the age beyond the Messianic future.  This post will feature and comment on two of the passages that Davies … Continue reading

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Cumulative Benefits, and Then Some Ramblings

On pages 282-283 of Stephen King’s Needful Things, Leland Gaunt tells Polly Chalmers the following about an azka on a necklace that he is selling to her in order to treat her arthritis: “You shouldn’t take it off, not even … Continue reading

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David Nilsen’s Tips on Coping with the Holidays

In this post, I’ll use as my starting point David Nilsen’s Tips for surviving your next family holiday gathering.  I have four items: 1.  David says: “The perfect eggnog is the key to familial harmony. If you’re a teetotaler and you still … Continue reading

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Completing Das’ Paul and the Jews

I finished A. Andrew Das’ Paul and the Jews.  I have four items: 1.  On page 151, Das states: “After the Damascus Road experience, [Paul] simply realized he had been wrong about the Law as an approach to salvation and … Continue reading

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Longing for Home

For my write-up today on Stephen King’s Needful Things, I will talk about a passage on page 263: “Home, that was the thing to think about.  Home and her beautiful carnival glass lampshade.  Home and the Sunday Super Movie.  Home … Continue reading

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