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Reeves and Reed, Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
REMNANT OF GIANTS: Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages . Deane Galbraith notes a forthcoming book: John C. Reeves and Annette Yoshiko Reed, eds., Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Sources From Judaism, Christianity, and Islam , Volume I. Oxford: ...

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Isbell on Paul & Judaism
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION: Paul & Judaism . By Charles David Isbell, Louisiana State University, July 2017. Further, if Paul had been a Sadducee from the beginning, his subsequent laxity with respect to rules and rituals that were precious to Pharisees m...

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Paul and the Stegosaurus
ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Pauline Paleontology (Matthew Thiessen). A few concluding words about dinosaurs, fossil remains, and Paul’s letters. Apparently my research interests have broadened from the study of Paul and circumcision to paleontology and dinosaurs. N...

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Ancient wine press excavated at Ramat Negev
ARCHAEOLOGY: 1,600 years ago, soldiers may have quaffed wine from this desert press. A large Byzantine-era wine press uncovered in the Negev region is only the second of its kind to be found (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel). During digs near the Ramat...

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Daf Yomi: starting tractate Sanhedrin
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET : Reading Torah Against the Grain. Daf Yomi: Do Talmudic rabbis seek justification for givens by retrofitting biblical text to their needs? The case of the Sanhedrin courts. The new tractate we began this...

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The Menorah exhibition and the history of Roman Jewry
VATICAN MENORAH EXHIBITION: St. Peter’s Menorah. How the Vatican warmed to Jews over the last century (Fredric Brandfon, Tablet Magazine). This article uses the current Menorah exhibition in Rome as a launching point for surveying the history of Jews in Rom...

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Oy va-avoy!
YONA SABAR: Hebrew Word of the Week: oy va-avoy "oh dear; woe, alas" אוי ואבוי . An onomatopoetic expression formed from the combination of two biblical Hebrew words of lamentation. Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the bib...

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What is Tisha B’Av?
COMING NEXT WEEK: What is Tisha B’Av? It is one of the saddest days in the Jewish calendar, but why - and how - do we mark it? (Daniel Sugarman, The Jewish Chronicle). Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, is a fast day, commonly known as the...

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The Shikhin excavation 2017
ARCHAEOLOGY: SAMFORD EXCAVATION IN ISRAEL SHEDS LIGHT ON ANCIENT LAMP WORKSHOP (The Alabama Baptist). I have been following reports on the excavation at Shikhin for the last several years. This article has some information on the discoveries this summer. [E...

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Commemorating Jonah's (traditional) Tomb in Iraq
THREE YEARS: ISIS Destroyed Jonah’s Tomb, but Not Its Message. Iraqis of Armenian, Arab, Assyrian, and Jewish descent recall what the shrine symbolized on the third anniversary of its destruction. (SARA FARHAN, ATOOR LAWANDOW, AND SIGAL SAMUEL, The Atlantic...
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