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Was Judaism Ever Truly Monotheistic? A Review of Daniel Boyarin's The Jewish Gospels

In New Testament studies, the dominant story of Christian origins is pretty simple: Jesus sparked a Jewish messianic movement that eventually fused with pagan “divine son” philosophy, of which the most successful result was (orthodox) Christianity with a bunch of less successful off-shoots (heresies) that eventually died out. 1,228 more words


Dead Ahead

A New Saint in town

I remember a Fall day in 1997 when two friends of mine showed me a candle they had just bought at the local Fry’s grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. 1,282 more words


An Identity Crisis and a Cosmic Jerry Springer (Reading Genesis, part 3)

They were supposed to be God’s chosen people, a light to the nations.

They were supposed to have possession of a land.

They were supposed to worship in a glorious temple. 1,240 more words


The House of Water

The Father had died.

The Mother was waxing.

The moon had come

at night

and glowered.

The bones moved over the ocean,

the wake rising ’round them, 31 more words


Genesis 1-3: Genre and Significance

In my previous post, I discussed the importance of understanding the genre of a text in order to read and interpret it more correctly (I say “more correctly” because it is nearly impossible to interpret a text exactly how it was intended to be understood). 424 more words