Diaspora Model and Black Theology

In 1973, Charles Shelby Rooks floated the “untested suggestion about a possible new image” for Black Theology: that of an African Diaspora based on the Biblical story of the Babylonian Exile and the final Jewish Diaspora. It is to the end of the Biblical history of Israel that black America must look rather than to […]

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Tanakh: An Owner’s Manual

Tanakh: An Owner’s Manual: Authorship, Canonization, Masoretic Text, Exegesis, Modern Scholarship, and Pedagogy. Moshe Sokolow. (NY: Ktav, 2015). Moshe Sokolow, a professor at Yeshiva University, is unapologetic in focusing solely on orthodox scholarship. He mentions the Documentary Hypothesis only in order to explain why and how orthodox scholars responded to it. Nehama Leibowitz stands out […]

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Bible Readers’ Inventories

Many factors influence how we read any document, including — perhaps, especially — the Bible. Spending some time exploring factors that influence our own reading is an important and useful exercise. The complex, multi-faith territory of #ExploringBabylon is just one area in which a good grasp of one’s own filters can be clarifying. Here are […]

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The Hebrew Bible (Greenspan)

The Hebrew Bible: New Insights and Scholarship. Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Greenspan, Frederick E., ed. (NY: NYU Press, 2008) “There has been a veritable revolution, and possibly more than one, in biblical studies over the past generation….questions have led to a dramatic reexamination of the very nature of the biblical account, including both […]

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Zion Songs

Some Songs of Zion and Babylon The Abyssinians “Forward Unto Zion” Bob Marley “Zion Train” Don McLean “Waters of Babylon” The Melodians “Rivers of Babylon” Jimmy Cliff “Bongoman/Rivers of Babylon” Discussion: “A Mountain Called Zion”

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Belshazzar and the Wall

“Mene, Mene, Tekel” Harold Rome (1908 – 1993), from 25th Anniversary “Pins and Needles” (1962) Zimmers, Tighe E. Lyrical Satirical Harold Rome. Jefferson, NY (McFarland & Company 2014) Obituary NY Times Joe Glazer (1918-2006), from “The Jewish Immigrant Experience” 1989 Glazer, Joe. Labor’s Troubadour. (Urbana, IL: Univ. of Illinois, 2001) Obituary NY Times Lyrics (both […]

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