Tag Archives: textual criticism

Book Review: Hillel: If Not Now, When?

Hillel:  If Not Now, When?, by Joseph Telushkin In general, I enjoyed reading this book.  For one, I must admit that my knowledge of the Jewish context of the New Testament, even when I do not consider writers like this … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus

A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus:  Reading The Gospels On The Ground, by Bruce N. Fisk This is a rather ambivalent book in many ways.  The author combines a certain sense of openness with a desire to rise above orthodox certainty … Continue reading

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Book Review: Studies In Jewish Law, Custom And Folklore

Studies In Jewish Law, Custom And Folklore, by Jacob Lauterbach I first heard of the author of this book because it was mentioned prominently in a sermon by one of the deacons in the congregation I attend [1].  I suppose … Continue reading

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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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Book Review: Bloom’s Notes: Homer’s Iliad

Bloom’s Notes:  Homer’s Iliad, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom Before reading Homer’s Iliad (again, I read it at least once before in the time before I wrote book reviews for everything I read), I thought it would … Continue reading

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Films: A Syntopticon Project

For those who are familiar with the writings about reading by Mortimer Adler, to engage in syntopical reading is to read a large amount of books about the same subject in order to have a context by which to judge … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Student’s Guide To Literature

A Student’s Guide To Literature, by R.V. Young As someone who cares a great deal about literature and its place within self-education [1], this book was definitely a worthwhile look at literature.  Those who care about liberal arts education, perhaps … Continue reading

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