Spinoza’s Excommunication from the People of Israel

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Humanities has a good article analyzing the causes for the uniquely vicious writ of excommunication pronounced upon the philosopher Baruch Spinoza by the leaders of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. The text is notable for its eye-popping condemnations, curses, and vitriol, particularly since it was written before Spinoza had published any controversial opinions. Let’s [Read More...]

The Earliest Biblical Painting?

Judgment of Solomon

Is this it?It comes from a house in Pompeii (buried by volcanic ash in 79 AD) and is believed to show Biblical scene of the Judgement of Solomon. Bible History Daily has the whole story. Theodore Feder writes: In the building known as the House of the Physician, excavators found a wall painting clearly depicting King [Read More...]

Reading John in the Light of the Wisdom Tradition

“Light & Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two I Am Statements in the Gospel of John” is an essay I wrote for a class on John. I was able to express some of my fascination with the wisdom tradition–the place where Jew and Greek meet in the Old Testament–in this essay, as well as draw [Read More...]


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