Cloak Sunday

The service at my church yesterday focused on “Cloak Sunday.” Although it is “Palm Sunday,” the reading was from Luke’s Gospel, which has people strewing clothing before Jesus rather than palm branches. It is interesting to ask whether Luke was aware that the use of palms in the manner depicted would more naturally suggest a [Read More...]

Equality Profile Picture of the Day

Via Lori Baron on Facebook   [Read more...]

Easter Ham

What exactly is the symbolism behind the custom of eating ham at Easter – of eating a non-kosher food to celebrate a story that is set against the backdrop of the Jewish Passover? [Read more...]

Happy Passover!

To those who celebrate it, I wish you a Happy Passover! חַג שָׂמֵחַ [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmthKpnTHYQ[/youtube] HT Bob Cargill for the video. And here are a couple of cartoon for the occasion as well:   [Read more...]

Darth Seder

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK6nD0pyN6k[/youtube] HT to Lori Baron for pointing out the above video to me. I decided it was too good to save until May the 4th. Also fun and related to Star Wars is this explanation of March Madness in Star Wars terms (HT SF Signal): [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxPlHW0J2sU[/youtube]   [Read more...]

The Mandaeans: Around the World in 80 Faiths

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RjTr8Wc8gyo?t=3m36s[/youtube] A friend drew my attention to the above video which, starting around the 3:37 mark, is about the Mandaeans in Sydney, Australia. The video is from the BBC documentary series, Around the World in 80 Faiths. On the BBC documentary’s web site, you can also see many other video clips, including about the Samaritan [Read More...]

Talpiot Tomb/Good Friday-Easter/Passover Round-Up

Since the book and documentary promoting the view that Talpiot Tomb B is connected with the earliest Christians was timed to coincide with the Easter season, it is unsurprising that the attention to it is growing. And it seems appropriate to blog about the Talpiot tombs on a day which is all about Jesus’s body [Read More...]

Korngold – Passover Psalm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cpvsi4TFto[/youtube] Erich Wolfgang Korngold is one of my favorite composers. Here is a piece that is rare inasmuch as he wrote little choral music and little religious music: his Passover Psalm, Op.30. [Read more...]

Doctor Who and Exodus: On Discovering Your God’s Limitations

Perhaps the most significant thing that we have known all along but were reminded of forcefully in “The Girl Who Waited” is this: the Doctor is not infallible. It is not a given that he will make everything right by the end of the episode or the end of the season or the final episode [Read More...]


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