Tag Archives: Judaism

The Portrayal Of The Jews In The Martyrdom Of Polycarp

One of the consistent aspects of the Apostlic Fathers that bears considerable scrutiny is the nearly universally negative portrayal of Jews and Judaism in them [1].  At times this portrayal is somewhat crude and at times it is relatively seriously … Continue reading

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A Middle Ground Between Two Extremes: Examining The False Dilemma Of The Epistle To Diognetus Towards Judaism

Although the Epistle To Diognetus is an exceedingly obscure work [1], not cited by any ancient authorities and properly belonging to the collection of early Christian apologetic works, it is a work that is worth examining in somewhat close detail … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Lucky Child

A Lucky Child:  A Memoir Of Surviving Auschwitz As A Young Boy, by Thomas Buergenthal This book is part of genre of literature that I must admit I am familiar with but seldom enjoy reading, and that is memoirs of … Continue reading

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The Problem Of Anti-Semitism In The Didache And The Epistle Of Barnabas

We have previously noted [1] the issue of hostility to the Jews in the Didache and its ominous implications for Christian-Jewish relations going back to the late first and early second centuries AD.  Having just looked at the way in … Continue reading

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Origen And The Weariness Of Many Books: Part Two

When we previously discussed the matter of Origen and his attempt to defend himself as a prolific and somewhat controversial writer of many books from the accusation that he was doing something worthy of blame, we discussed in brief that … Continue reading

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The Puzzle Of The Lord’s Day In The Didache

Among the more notable texts in the Apostlic Fathers is the Didache, and this short text, an early manual on practice within Christian communities, presents the reader with a lot of puzzles.  Among those puzzles is section 14 of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jesus And The Jewish Roots Of The Eucharist

Jesus And The Jewish Roots Of The Eucharist:  Unlocking The Secrets Of The Last Supper, by Brant Pitre I have some deeply mixed feelings about this book, but ultimately while I found that the author’s perspective as a Catholic made … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Case For Jesus

The Case For Jesus:  The Biblical And Historical Evidence For Christ, by Brant Pitre As someone who is no stranger to reading apologetic works like this one [1], I found this book interesting and worthwhile for several reasons, although I … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Part 2

Great Courses:  The Dead Sea Scrolls:  Part 2, by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg At times it is necessary to get to the end of something before one can come to a final determination about how you think or feel about … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Part 1

Great Courses:  The Dead Sea Scrolls:  Part 1, by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg As someone who has a profound interest in the Judaism of the second temple period as well as in the interpretation of ancient texts (and not-so-ancient ones) … Continue reading

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