Cast out of the Synagogue/USA: History, Rhetoric, and Reality

I participated in a fascinating conversation about the Gospel of John as a group of us who had attended the “John the Jew” Enoch Seminar coped with a train strike in Italy. The conversation was about the references in the Gospel of John to being expelled from the synagogue. Since there was no¬†universally-accepted authority that [Read More…]

John the Jew and Torah Observance: Enoch Seminar Day 2

Today was even more thrilling than yesterday, as we began to move beyond stating the views that we brought with us to the conference, to a deeper interaction that is causing us to think new thoughts.   One example is the discussion we had of whether the author and community behind the Gospel of John [Read More…]

#CFP: The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine

There is an interesting call for papers for a conference in Helsinki, Finland next September, on the synagogue in ancient Palestine. Sounds fascinating! Click through for more information. Of related interest, here is a photo of Butler students at the synagogue in Capernaum: [Read more…]

Too Bad The House of One Probably Won’t Have A Bar

My attention was drawn to the plan to build a combined church/mosque/synagogue in Berlin, to be called the “House of One.”¬†I suspect that it will not have a bar, given Muslim opposition to alcoholic beverages. But it’s a pity, because there is so much potential for them to use jokes about a priest, a rabbi, [Read More…]

Sherlock and Sheldon among the Prophets

I’ve been getting caught up on shows that I ought to have been watching for a while. Both Sherlock and The Big Bang Theory feature main characters who exhibit behaviors and abilities which suggest placement on the autism spectrum – incredible genius in some respects, but also difficulties in social interactions and knowledge that most [Read More…]

The Sun of God?

Jim Davila mentioned an article (behind a paywall) about the depiction of the Sun, apparently as divine, in mosaics in Israel. There are quite a number of such mosaics, and the most common connect the twelve signs of the zodiac with the twelve patriarchs, and have God as the sun in the middle. Here is [Read More…]