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Book Review: The Ten Commandments: Still The Best Moral Code

The Ten Commandments:  Still The Best Moral Code, by Dennis Prager I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this book.  My disappointment does not spring form the fact that the author says anything wrong–if you are … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rational Bible: Exodus

The Rational Bible:  Exodus:  God, Slavery, And Freedom, by Dennis Prager I likely would have read this book much later had it not been recommended to me by a friend of mine.  I have read and enjoyed books by Prager … Continue reading

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The Roots Of Christian Anti-Semitism In The Apostolic Fathers

Among the more serious issues that the Apostolic Fathers bring up is the matter of Christian anti-Semitism.  There is no doubt that the New Testament has some harshly critical things to say about some Jews.  For example, repeatedly in Acts, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bible And The Believer

The Bible And The Believer:  How To Read The Bible Critically And Religiously, by Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, & Daniel J. Harrington Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  A Jew, a Jesuit, and a Protestant critical scholar … Continue reading

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Book Review: In God’s Shadow

In God’s Shadow:  Politics In The Hebrew Bible, by Michael Walzer This book has an essential difficulty, and it is notable that the author is aware of it but unable to entirely transcend it.  That difficulty is that the Bible … Continue reading

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Book Review: Escaping The Great Deception

Escaping The Great Deception, by Derick Frank with Françoise Frank I was loaned this book by some friends of mine who found themselves highly in agreement with the book’s material with some minor exceptions.  I must admit that I found … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism In Ignatius Of Antioch’s Epistles

Having examined several aspects of Ignatius of Anticoh’s writings, it is worthwhile at this point to spend a bit of time looking at how he showed hostility to Jews and to the Sabbath, which was connected in his mind with … Continue reading

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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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