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Philo of Alexandria: Where’s David Runia?

It is quite astonishing that this encyclopedia entry makes no mention whatsoever of the doyen of recent Philonic studies — David Runia. This surely cannot qualify as mere oversight: it is akin to an ostensibly reliable overview of recent Hellenistic scholarship without ever citing A. A. Long. Anyway, to get a sense of just how central Runia…

Lost Tribes of Israel, Blood and History

I’ve been fascinated by Tudor Parfitt’s work for some thirty years. If ever there were someone whose life as an academic had any genuine appeal to me, it would be his. In his pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake he has had a profound effect on the understanding of that paradigm puzzle case of social…

Exploring religion, genetics & identity by Tudor Parfitt

The very excellent Tudor Parfitt whose work I have been following for about 30 years gives an overview of his fascinating DNA trails. If you can catch his programmes on PBS do so. Also check out his recent book Black Jews in Africa and the Americas. Looking forward to his new project studying the “Conversos” and early Jewish life…

Wittgenstein on Religious Belief

LW’s Lectures on Religious Belief online. Here is a nice discussion entitled ‘Philosophy to the glory of God’. Wittgenstein on God, religion and theology. Speaking of religion David Stern discusses the rather vexed question of Was Wittgenstein a Jew? Worth also checking out these videos. A. J. AyerBernard Williamsdavid sternepistemology of religious beliefGenia SchönbaumsfeldGodJewish IdentityJoost HengstmengelLudwig WittgensteinReligiontheology