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Is There Racism in Heaven?

Is There Racism in Heaven?

MRB August 2, 2017 0

Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA Until by Nick Cave, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, on view through September 4, 2017. Nick Cave has said that in Until, his massive, elaborate, and provocative installation

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Imagining Pakistan: Religion at the Origins of Nationalism

Imagining Pakistan: Religion at the Origins of Nationalism

MRB July 18, 2017 0

Sohaib I. Khan on Venkat Dhulipala’s Creating a New Medina Pakistan’s descent into violent forms of religious extremism has recently become the subject of best-selling books. Causal explanations for the country’s current state of crisis rely on

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Can the City Save Civic Life?

Can the City Save Civic Life?

MRB July 18, 2017 0

In 1995, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam sounded the alarm. Americans were withdrawing from one another; the social and fraternal organizations that formed the bedrock of the American middle-class were slowly drying up. Americans had once prided

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Rethinking Sacred Space

Rethinking Sacred Space

MRB July 18, 2017 0

Laura Moffatt on Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Sheherazade Guidici’s Rituals and Walls: The Architecture of Sacred Space I’m becoming increasingly convinced that architectural history is the most inclusive of studies. Far from simply interpreting bricks

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Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People?

Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People?

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Simon Rabinovitch and Ruth Calderon discuss identity, equality, and the Jewish nation-state bill Between December 2014 and October 2015 Marginalia ran the “Defining Israel” forum featuring documents and essays on Israel’s parliamentary struggle over

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Jew, Christian, and the Judeo-Christian: Thinking with Cynthia Baker’s <i>Jew</i>

Jew, Christian, and the Judeo-Christian: Thinking with Cynthia Baker’s Jew

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Shaul Magid on Cynthia Baker’s Jew In her discussion of the term Ioudaios, or “Jew” as it emerges from antiquity, Cynthia Baker in her new book Jew makes the following comments: As this brief

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Reading Cynthia Baker’s <i>Jew</i> with James Baldwin

Reading Cynthia Baker’s Jew with James Baldwin

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Susannah Heschel on Cynthia Baker’s Jew Once upon a time, “The Name” was God, and it was holy, ineffable, not to be pronounced except pseudonymously and in prayer. Today the name is “Jew,” and

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One Final Word on <i>Jew</i>: A Response

One Final Word on Jew: A Response

MRB July 4, 2017 0

Cynthia M. Baker reflects on the Jew Forum The introduction to my book, Jew, concludes as follows: One final word on Jew: there is, of course, no final word on Jew—much less is one

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Systematic Theology and Biblical Criticism

Systematic Theology and Biblical Criticism

MRB June 22, 2017 0

Brad East on Ephraim Radner’s Time and the Word Should the Bible be read like any other book? Such a question was not asked and could not have been asked until quite late in the

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Haunted Bodies: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Haunted Bodies: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

MRB June 21, 2017 0

Alexandra Barylski on Molly McCully Brown’s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded What sin warrants a blown brain, a lame body? Where does it wait to be born?   Molly McCully Brown’s

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