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Gems from Sayers’ “Cloud of Witnesses”

I have been doing a lot of traveling in the last few weeks, so my blogging on Targuman.org has mostly been confined to redirects of blog posts for my class. As you might imagine, with an administrative job I find myself reading all sorts of material, just not a lot for pleasure. I decided to change that recently and re-read a great Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, Cloud of Witnesses. As I read […]

“Inventory of Structurally Important Literary Features in the Anonymous and Pseudepigraphic Jewish Literatures of Antiquity”

This is an exciting project that our colleagues at Manchester and Durham have been working on. News from Alex Samely: Dear Colleagues, I have pleasure in announcing the availability of a new terminological framework for the analysis of ancient Jewish literature, the “Inventory of Structurally Important Literary Features in the Anonymous and Pseudepigraphic Jewish Literatures of Antiquity”. This Inventory gathers together all the basic literary options available to ancient Jewish text makers and puts them […]

What’s a little (blood) libel among friends?

By now you have no doubt heard about Sarah Palin’s comments in the wake of the Arizona shootings. A little background is that Ms. Palin’s political action committee website had a map of the use with sniper scope images over certain districts, including Arizona, that they were “targeting” in the election. Many, on both sides of the aisle, have pointed to such militaristic images as fostering the kind of violence that broke forth this past […]