When I was a kid, my parents took me to an exhibit that was showcasing some fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. I remember thinking that … Continue reading Wait…I’m a Fulbright Fellow?
The Rise of the Hasmonean Monarchy Many of us know the legend of Chanukah and its essential plot points. How after the death of his father, Mattathias, Judah Maccabeus assumed leadership of the Jewish rebels and (through pure military talent … Continue reading Game of Crowns: Judas Maccabeus
Queer Theorist, Feminist, & Anti-Zionist Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about Boyarin’s scholarship is how he consistently puts Talmudic ‘culture’ and ideas in conversation with modern ones. Specifically, Boyarin is fascinated with the interrelated areas of feminism, gay … Continue reading A Snapshot of Daniel Boyarin: Part III
1999-Present “Some Jews,” Boyarin quips, “are destined by fate, psychology, or personal history to be drawn to Christianity.” Boyarin is one of them, and his later scholarship reflects this long-held fascination, as well as his continuing interest in Hellenistic culture. … Continue reading A Snapshot of Daniel Boyarin: Part II
An erudite, freethinking giant in several sub-fields of religious studies, Daniel Boyarin’s scholarship has never been conventional with its idiosyncratic blending of approaches, positions, and interests. Atypical as a Talmud scholar, Boyarin (1946-Present) is also a vocal feminist and anti-Zionist, … Continue reading A Snapshot of Daniel Boyarin: Part I
As the former professor of Theology and Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute and a scholar-in-residence at Jews for Jesus (JFJ), Louis Goldberg’s brand of Christian Zionism is an excellent example of a marriage that should never have taken … Continue reading The Shadow of Christian Zionism
FRED S. NAIDEN received his Ph.D. in classical philology at Harvard in 2000, and wrote his dissertation on Greek Supplication. While his main interests lie with Greek law, religion, and warfare in the Archaic and classical periods, he has also … Continue reading Smoke Signals | Review