Monthly Archives: June 2005

U2 and Africa

I am a huge fan of the Irish rock band U2. I realize this confession may make me a pop-culture Philistine in some biblio-blogger’s eyes — at least compared to the regular postings on Mozart, Bach, etc. by Jim West, … Continue reading

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War and Qohelet

Is there a time for war? I would argue that the list of 14 antitheses in chapter three of Qohelet are not presented as things that are all good or proper. In fact, the list alternates between what is desirable … Continue reading

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In Memory of Prof. Nahum M. Sarna (1923-2005)

It was with some sadness that I read the news of Nahum Sarna’s death today (23 June 2005) on the Biblical Studies email list. Professor Sarna was former Chair in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Dora … Continue reading

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Jesus in the Spring Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

The Spring 2005 issue of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture has now been posted, and is available online here. Of potential interest to Jesus movie buffs is an article by Tammie Kennedy entitled "(Re)Presenting Mary Magdalene: A Feminist … Continue reading

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Dines, Septuagint Reviewed in RBL

Jim West over at Biblical Theology Blog noted some of the Hebrew Bible books in the latest Review of Biblical Literature, though he missed noting a significant book on the Septuagint: Jennifer Dines, The Septuagint (T & T Clark, 2004). … Continue reading

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Recent Volume on Psalms Scholarship

This massive tome on Psalms scholarship has recently come into my possession: Peter W. Flint and Patrick D. Miller, eds., with the assistance of A. Brunell and R. Roberts, The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception (Vetus Testamentum Supplements 99; … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Professor Hans Peter Ristau

This last Thursday I had the privilege of attending a retirement party for one of colleagues, Prof. Hans Peter Ristau. What was special about this event is that Prof. Ristau was not only my colleague, but also my former undergraduate … Continue reading

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Bravo for Batman Begins

I went to see Batman Begins last night and was suitably impressed, to say the least. The look of the film was stunning and reminded me a bit of Blade Runner. The special effects were awesome but not overwhelming. The … Continue reading

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A Jewish Perspective on Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ

Mark Goodacre notes on his NT Weblog a recent article on Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) that examines the response to the film from a Jewish perspective. The article, “The Passion by Mel Gibson: Enthusiastic Response in … Continue reading

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Snow in Sheol? (or Macs with Intel Inside!)

First, I have to say, I love my new Macintosh. Mac OS X (Tiger) is an elegant operating system and my dual processors are quite impressive on the speed side of things. That being said, I was surprised to hear … Continue reading

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