Monthly Archives: January 2014

16 posts

The Unlikely Missionary eBook now available!

My wife’s novel The Unlikely Missionary is now available as an ebook! It is only $1.99 and available now in the following formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt. It will soon be available on Apple iBooks and Sony stores too, but you can read the epub version in iBooks now, just download directly from Smashwords. You can even download a free sample first if you like. The blurb: Sorority girl finds God and answers call […]

A close reading of Ruth

Boaz – A close reading of Ruth

The selection below was written “on background” one might say. I wanted to articulate what I thought was a close and “simple” reading of how the Book of Ruth presents the character of Boaz. I then went on to critique a few key modern interpreters, but that will have to wait for another post or even a published article. (We shall see.) In the meantime I thought it might be worthwhile to post this “First Reading” and solicit […]

Hebrews 11 is a Midrash of 1 Macc. 2

UPDATED – Excursus below. That is overstating the case and an example of really bibliogeeky link baiting. (Can we have a competition to see who has the geekiest or the worst?) But it does convey the sense of what I think is going on. As I posted earlier, I have submitted this as a proposal to the International SBL for this summer and have already completed a draft of the paper. I do not want […]

When do we forgive?

When do we forgive? Is it only after the one who has sinned against us (offended us) has asked for forgiveness? Or should we forgive them whether they ask for forgiveness or not? This is a discussion I had not long ago with a friend and something I had thought a LOT about when I was in college. (By the way, I just noticed that Eerdmans Bible Dictionary does not have an entry for “forgiveness,” but it does […]

Macs (and Apples) I have owned

As almost anyone with a connection to the internet or any other possible source of media including the telegraph and carrier pigeons knows, today, January 24, 2014, is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Macintosh computer. ReutersMoney did a story on how much people have invested in their Apple products and yours truly was one of those featured. I was fortunate that my parents bought me my first Mac1 and even when I bought […]

Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program

Announcement Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program   The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society offer six-week Fellowships to recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates conducting original research using the collections of the Center’s five partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.  

8th Birthday

The Passage of Time

Time is such an odd thing. It is, in a very real sense, relative and yet it is clearly measurable. I remember how long December 1-25 seemed to last when I was a child and yet today years go by so quickly I can hardly separate one Christmas or birthday from another. This year has gone by surprisingly fast in some moments and painfully slow in others. How we measure time is curious as well. […]