Targum Lamentations: My doctoral thesis

I have decided to make my doctoral thesis “Targum Lamentations’ Reading of the Book of Lamentations” available on the net as a pdf since, to the best of my knowledge, there is only one copy at the Bodleian which is not the most convenient place for many. There are many things I would change (and did in my book) and there are probably a few errors that I never corrected and so on. I must […]

Millions Review

We (the fam) just watched Millions. Wow! Great flick, very thought provoking. The story is outlined in the review above and be sure to read Peter Chattaway’s review here. The movie is a wonderful treatment of the fantastic world of spiritual youth. It is not too terribly iconoclastic nor is it preachy, yet it manages to challenge the way we view money and faith. This movie requires thought, reflection, and discussion. I have been looking […]

Reflecting on Suffering

This evening I was at an event where the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, the Right Reverend Wolf spoke. She recalled her time spent living in homeless shelters as a homeless person (this was during her sabbatical and she readily admits that the fact that she always had a home to go to made a great difference in her experience from those she was with). Bishop Wolf compared her time with the experiences that those […]

A Warm Welcome

Many thanks to Jim Davila for welcoming Targuman to the blogosphere! Jim is biblioblog of the month at Biblioblogs.com. Be sure to read the interview for secret knowledge about Jim. I am proud to say I already knew this tidbit of information from a mutual friend here in New Orleans. Now another nugget of knowledge about Dr. Davila: he was my predecessor at Tulane (albeit with a number of years between us) and is still […]

targum – Google Image Search

Very interesting results! Several manuscript images which are well worth a peep with the ol’ orbs. Most interesting results: A Polish company (I think, my Polish is rusty, ok, nonexistent) that sells tires. Rutger’s student newspaper, The Daily Targum. I have always wondered about the origin of their name. Can anyone enlighten me? Perhaps Dr. Rendsburg would know since he is now the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair. And a German firm for business planning […]

Aramaic Resources

Jim Davila has already blogged here on these Aramaic resources gathered (and first blogged) by Danny Zacharias at Deinde. Danny’s site is a GREAT resource. Be sure to stop by! I would be remiss if I did not also direct you to the Newsletter for Targum and Cognate Studies that can be found here. I am the online editor, but we only have updates periodically. Of particular use to many are the translations of many […]

Hurricane Katrina: So who was God angry with?

If you click on my profile you will see that I live in (near) New Orleans and that I teach at Tulane University. Needless to say we have been through a lot this year. Whenever catastrophes of this magnitude occur someone always seems eager to step forward and say that God sent the storm/earthquake/tsunami/plague to punish us/them for their sins. This is, of course, the simple reading of many biblical passages and the prophets regularly […]

YAB – Yet Another Blog

[In looking over my earliest blog posts now, July 2012, I realize that this post from January 2006 could be misleading. It appears to be the first post on Targuman, but it is not. Somehow when I migrated from Blogger I lost over a year’s worth of blogs (as you can tell since there is one post prior to this one).] I have been running several blogs for a while now, but each related to […]

Second Annual Ralphies

I will take up Ralph’s (Ed’s) challenge: Best NONFICTION BOOK I read this year: This is a hard one for me. I have read many (and portions of more) but which was the best? I think I will have to go with a re-read of Dorothy L. Sayer’s Mind of the Maker. She examines the nature of God from the perspective of an artist; who better to understand the nature of the Creator than another […]