Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story

Genetic researchers believe they’ve found evidence that people from Israel, Egypt, or Syria mixed with Ethiopians 3000 years ago. The timing of this appearance of the new DNA coincides with the historical period in which the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon. According to legend, the queen returned to Ethiopia bearing Solomon’s son. Professor Chris [Read More...]

“Dear Jew … Shield Your Eyes”

photo from The Forward

A group of Haredi Jews (those typically characterized as “ultra-orthodox” by the media) have placed a giant red billboard beside the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, warning in Hebrew “Dear Jew: You are entering a dangerous place. Shield your eyes.” The words “Shield your eyes” are also written in English. Considering the kinds of speeds people do on [Read More...]

Orthodox Jews, the Internet, and the Ecumenism of the Trenches UPDATED

I understand and even share the concerns of the 40,000 Orthodox Jewish men who gathered at Citi Field in New York to discuss the problems of the internet. BBC has a decent video on the event (sorry, no embedding allowed), but too much time is spent with the point-missing counter protesters. Memo to the media: when [Read More...]

St. Augustine and the Jews

I concluded my semester on St. Augustine with this essay on a challenging subject: Augustine’s doctrine of Jewish witness. What follows delves deeply into difficult waters, exploring early Christian-Jewish relations and anti-Jewish polemic. The way a 4th century Christian spoke of the Jews is not the way the Church speaks of them today. Augustine’s characterization [Read More...]


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