OK, he is not a liberal or a minimalist, but he certainly engages in appropriate intellectual discourse. This is the silly season for me, on the road presenting the college to prospective students and donors alike, so I do not get to read blogs or update my own very often. But there are moments like now where I am holed up in the corner of some Panera, in the corner of some town with a […]
As someone who has purchased an iPad and accessories I am eagerly awaiting news (although I know when it will arrive). So when I received the email below I thought perhaps one or more of the accessories had shipped (the Bluetooth keyboard came last week). Fortunately my spider sense was tingling and I double checked the URL of the link: http://noregrets.us/dueling.html Clearly a phishing scam. Apple Story buyers beware!
I have written elsewhere about the iPad and why I think the iPad will work for me. I have placed my order (with a little bit of trepidation, it is the first time I have ordered a 1st Gen product from Apple) and it will arrive a week from Monday. (It would have arrived right on April 3rd but I will be out of town.) And today Amazon has their webpage up and ready for […]
Given that we are in the last days of Lent and almost to Good Friday, this is perhaps providential. My automatic Google notification for “Aramaic” brought up a curious article from Psychology Today, “It’s in the Bible…Isn’t It?” This is not a publication I read so I am unfamiliar with Stephen Mason, Ph.D. who is apparently nationally known for his writing and radio show. Nor do I know about his earlier article from last month where […]
Below is the text of the paper I presented this past week at the Mid-Atlantic Region Society of Biblical Literature and, if WordPress plays nicely, the audio of the presentation. This paper is part of my larger work on Targum Ruth. This summer I will be presenting a paper at IOTS on the character of Boaz in Tg Ruth. But first, we need to consider how Boaz is presented in the biblical text. Centrally Marginalized […]
This morning marks the beginning of the Mid-Atlantic Regional SBL (and AAR) meeting. There are some interesting papers but this morning I need to try and finish my paper for tomorrow. I thought I would share the general premise here. Feel free to critique it and if I have the time I will incorporate your thoughts! Boaz Centrally Marginalized Ruth and Naomi are rightly understood by most commentators as the central figures of the book […]
My brother is an ardent conservative and rarely dips into biblical themes or concerns, but today he had a very interesting post. I will reserve comment and simply suggest that you take a look. His argument: First, the liberal ideal of caring for those around you is not only a good one, it’s Biblical. We are called on by Christ to love our neighbors. And Christ didn’t draw any neighborhood boundaries, either. On the other […]
Willem Smelik, the President of the International Organization for Targumic Studies, has sent round the announcement for registering for the IOSOT, IOSCS, IOMS, IOQS, and IOTS conference. Dear All, I would like to remind you to register before the end of April to benefit from lower fees. For registration, please use the following website: http://www.helsinki.fi/teol/pro/iosot/general/registration.htm For accommodation, see http://www.helsinki.fi/teol/pro/iosot/general/accomodation.htm For hotels in close proximity to the synagogue, as well as information about kosher catering, see the attached […]