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Archive for January, 2008

Biblical Studies Carnival XXVI

The new Biblical Studies Carnival is posted at Biblicalia. Read it and find out the latest on the Jesus Tomb (NOT) and the palace of King David (maybe). (hat tip)

“Rabbis & Rebbes – Artists & Intellectuals” at YIVO

On Sunday, March 8, there will be a conference at YIVO sponsored by YIVO and Touro College, Rabbis & Rebbes – Artists & Intellectuals. Admission is free but reservations are suggested. Here is the program. ———– The conference will focus on major areas of Jewish creativity in modern Eastern Europe. While certain topics such as […]

Single-sex buses and old graves

This week there were two articles describing phenomenon that have raised numerous questions in Israel. The first is that during renovations in Washington Square Park, a number of graves were discovered. “Some adjustments will be made to redesign plans, but the skeletons will be left in place as a gesture of respect for the dead.” […]

Flesh-Eating Jews

In the late middle ages and early modern period, a very popular remedy for illness was human flesh, or at least medicine derived from human flesh. “Medicinal cannibalism” was practiced throughout Europe and parts of the Middle East. Some of this human flesh came from mummies that were found in places such as Egypt, while […]

Jewish Library Blogs and Transcribing Manuscripts

The JTS library has just launched a blog, Mekorot, with the following description, The Mekorot blog will feature reviews and discussion of new and classic sources in Jewish Studies, bibliographical notes, and edifying tidbits by the librarians of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Now if the library could only get books cataloged and returned to the […]

MLK and Robert Cover

In what has become one of the most historic speeches of American history, “I Have a Dream”, Martin Luther King, Jr. said the following, I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men […]

I’m Dead (So Who’s Writing)

While I was sick a few weeks ago, I didn’t have the energy to do much of anything, so I laid in bed and watched episodes of Journeyman. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, it has to do with time-travel and what not. As an aside, I enjoyed the episodes, and I hope […]

Internet Bottleneck

There are two recent news items which should be of interest to internet users. The first is a study which had the following conclusions. We conclude that the evidence is good that demand for Internet and IP services is increasing exponentially, while access investment is proceeding linearly. An exponential curve will always intersect a linear […]

Medieval Manuscript Production

At Unlocked Wordhoard there are two videos featuring images from medieval manuscripts, the first of which is concerned with images on the production of manuscripts. (hat tip) This Medieval Manuscript Manual might be a helpful complement to the videos.

Lost Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Relating to Scripture

I received an email from the Jewish Publication Society asking for money to help fund the following project. Lost Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Relating to Scripture– Help us recover the lost library of ancient Israel. This 2-million word volume will bring together over 100 texts written by Jews during the period of the Second Temple […]

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