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Important New Monograph by Andrei A. Orlov, “Divine Scapegoats”

Andrei A. Orlov, Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism (Albany: SUNY, 2015) 352 pages, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5583-9 Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels between the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical accounts. In these materials, antagonists often mirror features of angelic figures, and even those of the Deity himself, […]

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Ancient Jewish Synagogue at Dura Europos Seized by ISIS in Syria

“Jihadists looting ancient archaeological sites, including 244 BCE synagogue; officials warn 5,000 years of history being erased.” An Israeli news website has shared an AP report that ISIS (Islamic State) has taken over a number of archaeological sites in Syria and Northern Iraq, including the famous site of Dura Europos, which is known for the discovery […]

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New Andrei Orlov Book Released: Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham

As I previously announced on Heavenly Ascents, my MA advisor, Professor Andrei Orlov, has a new book entitled: Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham. Although I do not yet have my hands on a copy, I know that this is one to get excited about. Here’s a description:   Andrei A. Orlov, Heavenly Priesthood in […]

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Archaeological Discoveries Reveal an Israelite Belief in God’s Wife and a Pantheon? (Haaretz)

A recent article in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz (online), presents some recent (and not so recent) findings by archaeologists and other scholars regarding the worship of the divine feminine in ancient Israel. Although interpreting the real-life use and theology behind ancient artifacts is always an imprecise science, the amount of material that has been collected […]

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Seeing the God: A Conference at Union Theological Seminary

Just read about a conference being held on May 12th at Union Theological Seminary.  I would love to be able to be there!  Funny enough, I will be in the US for the Expound Symposium two days later, but have no plans to stop in New York (at least not outside the airport)!  The theme […]

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SBL Annual Meeting 2010: Biblical Studies Conference in the Buckle of the Bible Belt

I arrived home Wednesday night from the 2010 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year’s conference was an especially good one, in my experience, at least. I still look back with fondness on my first national SBL meeting in San Diego — the setting alone is hard to beat. However, […]

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Happy New Year (Rosh HaShanah)

Happy (Jewish) New Year!! Today is Rosh Hashanah (“head/first of the year”), the beginning of year 5771 in the Jewish world. Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s “high” holidays, and some very significant traditions are associated with it.  Rosh Hashanah marks God’s creation of the world, and is the “birthday” of Adam and Eve. The […]

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