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Magic Onion (E.B. Tylor)

h/t Samuel Spinner On old thing in mint museum-comdition here at Pitt Rivers Museum Onion stuck with pins and a metal coil, used in sympathetic magic [SM 07/01/2008] Place details: EUROPE. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland / England … Continue reading

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(Bergson) (Talmud)

Such is the primary and the most apparent operation of the perceiving mind: it marks out divisions in the continuity of the extended, simply following the suggestions of ourrequirement and the needs of practical life. But, in order to divide … Continue reading

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(Franz Marc) Fox (Holocaust)

Thinking about Laura Levitt’s The Objects That Remain after seeing this news article here about the return of this lost property. It’s an amazing painting by German expressionist artist Franz Marc. The legal details are a little complicated and of … Continue reading

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(The Capitol Building) So Much American Civil Religion & The Problem of Evil

There before or very eyes, for most of us on television or online, was the reappearance of American Civil Religion. It was there in the wake churned at the Trump Insurrection at the Capitol, the inauguration of President Biden, and … Continue reading

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(Theo-Political Aesthetics) Buber (Event Object Vision)

Having reading Schmitt about representation and visibleness in the political theology of the Catholic Church, the question was raised by C. about “representation” in the theopolitics of the Hebrew Bible. We were reading in Prophetic Faith. I could have said … Continue reading

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(Trump) How Not To Hold A Bible (Habitus & Hexis)

(h/t Jim Watts and Iconic Books and to @drnelk at Twitter) Arguably, in these United States, a good president needs to know how to handle a Bible. President Trump is not a good president. With him, the Bible has no … Continue reading

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(Striking Gods & Other Objects) Canaanite Temple Remains (Lachish)

Sharing and saving for students these images from this article in Ha’aretz of diminutive temple remains, including two tough little striking gods. They were dug up in central Israel at Lachish, an important Canaanite town-city circa 1800 B.C.E.. From the … Continue reading

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(Posthuman Catalogue) Jewish Art & Aesthetics of Judaism

Stepping back at the long arc of Jewish art in tandem with the history of Jewish thought gives to view a kind of cataloge. Included are black inky letters their script and configuration, rosettes and arabesques and other ornamental figures, … Continue reading

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Holocaust Objects Are Small (Auschwitz at the Museum of Jewish Heritage)

Probably because it was close by and in New York City, I went to see “Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away,” the big exhibition now on view at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and then I went again. There … Continue reading

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The Priestly Blessing is Weird and Most Impressive (Hertz Pentateuch)

As I continue to scroll through the Hertz Pentateuch in search of wayward things and other points of interest that tell us something about the HP and its time and place, I found this odd and unexpected thing. It’s his … Continue reading

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