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HarperCollins eBook Promotion

Most of my readers have already seen this announcement, but it is worth sharing widely. I have purchased several of these myself. They are available in almost all eBook formats: iBookstore, Kindle, Google, Nook, and Kobo. To celebrate the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual conference in HarperOne’s hometown of San Francisco—we’ve put together a special eBook promotion. So, load up on your reading for the plane! Even if you can’t attend the conference, you […]

Catharsis – Taking my daughter to the libe

Taken at Pattee/Paterno Library After the US Women’s World Cup loss, what better catharsis than to descend into the stacks of the library with my daughter? I needed to pick up some more Ruth references and she is researching Romans and Greeks (and their conflicts, marriage, and death traditions). Feel free to suggest bibliography for her!  

New Book: Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant by Jeremy Schipper

I am very pleased to announce a new book by friend and colleague Jeremy Schipper. Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant is coming being published by OUP and is even reasonably priced! (Just $27.95.) I am sure I will be picking up a copy at SBL. Description Although disability imagery is ubiquitous in the Hebrew Bible, characters with disabilities are not. The presence of the former does not guarantee the presence of the later. While interpreters […]

Podcast: Mooseltoe, a Christmas children’s book

I posted this the last few years and thought it worth sharing again. It is a fun story, even for those dads lacking in facial hair. I share parts of a fun Christmas story for kids. Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini, Henry Cole (Illustrator). Oops! I just realized I said, “Welcome to a special podcast from Targuman.COM.” This is, of course. 🙂 Merry Christmas! Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)  

Culture Making by Andy Crouch

Cathleen Falsani, the “God Girl” of The Dude Abides, offers a review of a new book by Andy Crouch, Culture Making. Andy was, in addition to everything else about him that Falsani says below, was a classmate of mine (or I of his) at Cornell. I haven’t read the book yet (only so much time!) but I am eager to do so. Andy Crouch, a savvy culture watcher and commentator who runs the Christian Vision […]

New Biography of Maimonides

The New York Sun has a review of Joel Kramer’s Maimonides. Oddly the review is mostly a summary of Maimonides’ life with only the last two paragraphs offering any sort of critique of the book. This is more than just a biography of one of history’s greatest thinkers. It is also a rich cultural, religious, and intellectual history of Jews, Arabs, and Christians in the Middle Ages, as well as an accessible, if ultimately inadequate, […]

Read to your kids and keep an eye on them too…

If you have ever come across a comic you do not understand you need to visit “Comics I Don’t Understand” by Bill Bickel. He also runs a blog called Crimeweek. This week his two worlds combined. I will not re-post all of it (respect copyright, etc.) but I have the beginning and the conclusion, with which I concur wholeheartedly. By all means visit his site(s). “I put this on your kid…” August 5th, 2008 Last […]

“The Lost History of Christianity” Reviewed

My colleague, parishioner, and prolific author Philip Jenkins has a new book out that has just been given a brief review by Publishers Weekly. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Philip Jenkins. HarperOne, $26.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-147280-0 Revisionist history is always great fun, and never more so than when it is persuasively and cogently argued. Jenkins, the Penn State history professor whose […]

Children’s Stories – The Chronicles of Prydain

As I mentioned a week or so ago, John Hobbins has organized a group of us to comment on children’s books that were influential on or immensely enjoyed by us. It is hard for me to decide. It might surprise some that although I knew the Chronicles of Narnia quite well I don’t remember reading them as a child. I recently read them to my daughter but I cannot capture what they were like for […]

Keeping track of your all your books, digitally

My brother put up this post the other day after I was showing him the power of Delicious Library. This is a fantastic app where you simply put your ISBN bar code of a book in front of your Mac’s camera and it reads it, searches Amazon, and reads out to you the title of the book (or game or video, you can even add “tools,” “clothes,” etc.) and adds it to your library shelf. […]