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Scatology, Iconoclasm, and Modern Art (This is Not An Ancient Israelite Toilet)

The Israeli press in English has been all over the recent discovery of this toilet at the gate-shrine at Lachish from the 8th C. BCE around the time of Hezekiah’s religious reforms . You can read about it here. I’m using … Continue reading

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(Symposium) Comics and Sacred Texts (Haverford College) (May 6, 2016)

Across religions, it’s state of the art. You can see the whole program here for this symposium at Haverford College on comics and sacred texts: The last decade has produced critical and expressive studies in sacred canonical texts and comics. … Continue reading

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Material Culture, Animal Culture (Books Made from Vellum)

They used to make high end books out of vellum, described as “the semi-transparent inner membrane of calf skin,” or the even finer uterine vellum, that membrane taken from the skin of embryonic or still-born calves. Marc Epstein tells is … Continue reading

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(A Throw of the Dice) Gothic Purim (Regensberg Pentateuch)

Queen Esther and Ahashverosh, the hanging of Haman and sons, and the triumph of Mordechai –no cheerful image this, this gothic illumination from the Regensberg Pentateuch (1300). The image is reproduced in the sumptuously illustrated Skies of Parchment, Seas of … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Jesus (Mission Dolores)

Famed for his knowledge of Scripture, St. Anthony is the patron saint of finding lost objects. At Mission Dolores in San Francisco, here a little Jesus pops up out of the book that the saint carries in his hand. Part of … Continue reading

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Paris, Peace, and War (Psalm 120)

Today’s Torah reading in the synagogue was parshat Toldot from Genesis.  It’s theme was enmity. It includes the shepherd war between Isaac and the Philistines of Gerar alongside the more famous enmity between Jacob and Esau. Instead of prayers for … Continue reading

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