Rabbinics


Jesus, the mamzer, and Ruth

I am reading Peter Schäfer’s creative reconstruction of the background for Jesus in the Talmud and a thought occurred to me that I do not see how I missed before (and a connection Schäfer does not seem to make). The Talmud addresses Jesus’ lineage (b Shab 104b), asserting that he is a bastard, a mamzer in the […]


Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash: English and German (6 vols.) – Logos Bible Software 1

I received an email from Logos Bible Software asking me to share the news that they are working on an English translation of Strack and Billerbeck’s Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. This will certainly be a great addition to English language resources once available. Logos Bible Software is pleased to announce the first-ever […]


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, […]


Warning! Under 30? Read somewhere else!

I like this bit. Marginalia A 15th century Byzantine manuscript with many kabbalistic items. In the margins of Azriel of Gerona’s commentary to Sefer Yetsirah, someone wrote: גוזר אני עליך שלא תלמוד בו עד היותך בן ל’ שניםI forbid you to study this until you are 30 years old. Maybe he had someone specific in […]


Rabbinic Studies Blogs 1

I posted last week asking if anyone knew of good blogs covering rabbinic studies and literature. Jay Barnes posted with a reference to Balashon, but said that he too was having a tough time finding very many such blogs. I have found one other that I have added to my blogroll (personal one, not on […]