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Book Review: Midrash And Mishnah

Midrash And Mishnah:  A Study In The Early History Of The Halakah, by Jacob Z. Lauterbach There are a great many reasons why I looked forward to reading this book and enjoyed it so much.  For one, the book was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ethics Of The Halakah

The Ethics Of The Halakah, by Jacob Zallel Lauterbach With friends like these, the halakah doesn’t need enemies.  Even if I did not find this to be the best of the author’s work, or even that accurate of a book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael: Volume Three

Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael:  Volume Three, translated by Jacob Z. Lauterbach Unfortunately, when I first saw this book online I did not realize that there were three volumes to the work, and so this was the first one I ordered and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael: Volume One

Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael:  Volume One, translated by Jacob Z. Lauterbach It is not my usual habit to read multi-volume books in reverse order, but that is precisely what happened here.  To be sure, this was not due in any way … Continue reading

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Woe To The Scribes And Pharisees: Part Two

Having previously examined the kal vahomer approach of Jesus Christ that exposed the gap between the Pharisees’ perception of their own righteousness and the way it was viewed by God, it is worthwhile to examine the gap between the legitimate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gosnell

Gosnell:  The Untold Story Of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer Having already seen the movie for this book [1] and having written at least occasionally on abortion before [2], I found this book to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Match King

The Match King:  Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind A Century Of Wall Street Scandals, by Frank Partnoy In reading this book, one is put into the uncomfortable position of being a juror in an Ayn Rand play where a … Continue reading

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What Does The Lord Require Of You On This Day Of Atonement?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Day of Atonement at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 19, 2018.] As I stand before a group of hungry and thirsty people, … Continue reading

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A Thin Blue Line: Part Two

Having previously introduced the topic of the legitimacy of police and related professions within the Church of God community, I would like to take this time to discuss the nature of police action and how it appears within the Bible.  While … Continue reading

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Stumbling Block

It is quite remarkable that the seemingly obscure term stumbling block should appear in both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament and should appear so consistently.  After all, we in the contemporary world are not used to such things, … Continue reading

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