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(10 Commandments) Sabbath & The Jealous Mother God of Modern Bourgeois Judaism (Hertz Pentateuch)

[photograph of Malka Mollie Fedder, my father’s maternal grandmother] What are the so-called 10 commandments? Are they a foundation of law, the political law of a polis? Or something else? Are they the law of God the Father? Or someone … Continue reading

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(Rashi) God’s Great Hand (Man Ray)

[Man Ray, Hand on Lips, 1926] Most translations in English elide the anthropomorphism. “And Israel saw the great hand…”  (Ex. 14:31). According to Rashi, “hand” refers the great power done by the hand of the Holy one Blessed be He. … Continue reading

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Gender of God (Them)

The other day in class, I suddenly stopped myself, looked around, and referred to God as “them.” It worked surprisingly well. What would Maimonides think? The students didn’t blink an eye.

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God’s Inside/The Line of A Poem: A Philosophical Commentary

Playing with the notion that the place of the gods and God is not outside in conventionally physical space, but inside language, inside the line of a poem. I wrote this little bit on theology and poetry, which appeared in … Continue reading

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Bodies of God (Benjamin Sommer at Syracuse University)

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כל בשר (Meat Not Transcendence (Duetero-Isaiah)

In scholarly and theological circles, Deutero-Isaiah is famous for the world-embracing transcendence of its vision. The heaven is My throne, the earth My footstool, a new heaven, a new earth, etc. (66:1, 22). But the focus of the text, chapter … Continue reading

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Monotheism & Empire in the Ancient Near East (Mark Smith)

Building up what looks like a meta-thesis re: the ancient Near Eastern origins of biblical monotheism, Mark Smith turns with a strong hand to the question of empire. God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World is … Continue reading

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