Monthly Archives: July 2013

Yossi Garfinkel’s case for a palace of David

I have said that I have doubts about the claim that the finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel show that this site was part of the polity of Judah in the 10th century.  I have also said that I may … Continue reading

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Pope says homosexuality is not a sin-again

Pope Francis, according to a news report I heard last night, has suddenly changed the Vatican’s view of homosexuality.  When I heard the report, I knew the reporters had it wrong.  The GetReligion blog makes fun of the press once again. … Continue reading

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Monotheism at Marvel Comics

One way to have a topic to write back and forth about to our oldest granddaughter is to watch some of the same movies.  A few months ago we talked about The Hunger Games. Then she wanted us to watch … Continue reading

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Levine-unconscous anti-Semitism

I finished reading The Misunderstood Jew by Amy-Jill Levine. From childhood, Levine had a charitable and open attitude toward Christianity.  I think I mentioned that as a small child she wanted to become Pope when she grew up.  This, I … Continue reading

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Levine-parallel tracks

Amy-Jill Levine on page 210 of The Misunderstood Jew quotes Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger from a 2000 (before he was Pope) official Vatican document.  He said, “The faith witnessed to by the Jewish Bible (the Old Testament for Christians) is not … Continue reading

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They have found something important-maybe David’s palace

Here is an announcement from Israel’s Antiquities Authority late this week about the archeological dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa. They claim that Yossi Garfinkel has dug up a palace of David.  He has found what looks like an administrative building and … Continue reading

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Levine-the most controversial part

I know someone who read Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew last year.  At least he read some of it.  At some point he had a negative reaction and started telling others not to read the book. Now I have probably … Continue reading

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Ancient inscription found in Jerusalem

Israeli archeologist, Eilat Mazar, has dug up a piece of ceramic in the City-of-David part of Jerusalem.  It has an inscription on it and it is old, from at least the 9th or maybe even the 10th or 11th century … Continue reading

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Levine-seven stereotypes

In a chapter of The Misunderstood Jew on stereotypes of Jews promoted in Christian seminaries and pulpits, Amy-Jill Levine lists seven stereotypes: First, is the idea that the Torah is a legalistic yoke too hard to bear.  This she says … Continue reading

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Levine-names for the Bible

Amy-Jill Levine objects to Christians changing the  name of the Old Testament to the Hebrew Scriptures.  She does this partly because she says not all those scriptures were written in Hebrew. This seems minor to me.  When Protestants speak of the … Continue reading

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