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This Week, Mainly Writing

Just a shortish one this week, since I’m tired and I have a lot of other things to write.

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Heller, "Jabotinsky's Children"

From Princeton University Press, a new book on a lesser-known aspect of Jewish history, “right-wing Zionism” in pre-war Poland. The book, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism… 281 more words

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Bishop Suriel, "Habib Girgis"

The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt is today suffering one of the worst periods of persecution in its long history. Few in the West realize, though, that this period of trial follows a renaissance in Coptic identity and spirituality in the last century. 334 more words

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"Into All the World" (Nobbs & Harding, eds.)

Most legal scholarship on church-and-state focuses on the here and now. Occasionally, legal scholars focus on the history of church-state relations, but rarely further back than the post-Reformation settlement in the West. 237 more words

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Sarah Ruden's New Translation of Augustine's Confessions

I’ve greatly enjoyed classicist Sarah Ruden’s work, ever since reading herĀ Paul Among the People (2010), which situates St. Paul in the classical world and corrects the image of him as a repressed killjoy. 267 more words

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Thus Speaks Zarathustra: The Influence of Zoroastrianism on the Modern World

In the history of religion, few names are so unknown, yet so immensely important, as the prophet Zoroaster (known as Zarathustra in Persian). In the once formidable ancient empire of Persia, the teachings of this ancient prophet laid the foundations for a religious community that would influence much of the modern world, and live on in a small, thriving community, today known as Parsis, or Zoroastrians. 646 more words


Sex and the (medieval) city: social hygiene and sex in the medieval urban landscape

A few weeks ago I gave a talk for the London Science Museum Lates on medieval sexuality and the ways in which cities responded to what were considered the competing needs for sex and a harmonious Christian landscape. 55 more words