Bible

Why the Bible should give food for thought

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2012

When rabbis deliver their sermons tomorrow, many will take a passage from the weekly Torah portion and make some link with a contemporary issue or event. The assumption that the biblical texts have something to say to us thousands of years after they emerged is so natural to us that we hardly give it second thought.

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The idea that faith ignores at its peril

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, October 11, 2012

Nothing is such a test of our humanity, and religion, as whether we can be true to the first mention of the human being in the Bible. It’s not a commandment, just a statement: God makes man in God’s image.

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Baywatch beauty injured in search for Noah's Ark

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico sustained severe injuries after a nasty fall on Mt Ararat this week while searching for Noah’s Ark.

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If the prophets could see Israel now

By Laura Janner-Klausner, July 27, 2012

"Be consoled. Be consoled, my people". Between this Shabbat and the next, we wait for these calming words from Isaiah, which console us after weeks of pre-Tisha B'Av (ninth of Av) mourning and three Shabbats of being chided by our prophets. There is an inexorable process at work here: we have to hear this rebuke, we need to acknowledge pain before we can move to comfort and consolation.

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Noah and the Lambs: Aronofsky and Hopkins start filming

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic has signed up a new star.

Sir Anthony Hopkins will play Methusaleh in the Black Swan director's live-action adaptation of the Genesis story Noah and the Ark.

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Hall of Fame: Darren Aronofsky

October 5, 2011

"Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith.

"It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen."

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Hall of Fame: Rachel Weisz

August 15, 2011

"My favourite genre of movie - if you could call it a genre, because there's not so many of them out there - would be the ordinary woman doing the extraordinary thing.

"The David versus Goliath-style fighting, one lone woman fighting injustice."

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God's Bible? Computer says 'no'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

For almost 300 years, scholars have been poring over the Bible, trying to work out how many authors wrote it and who wrote which part. Now, Israeli computer whizzes have developed a computer programme that carries out virtually all their research in seconds.

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Israeli team track down biblical kosher animals

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Friday night dinner might never be the same, thanks to researchers at two Israeli universities.

Academics at Haifa and Bar Ilan universities have launched an investigation into the biblical species referred to in the book of Deuteronomy as "clean" or kosher.

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Curator named for Oxford Hebrew Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies has announced the successor to its longtime curator Dr Piet van Boxel.

Dr Cesar Merchan Hamann will take over from Dr van Boxel in September as curator of the Bodleian Library's Hebrew and Judaica collections.

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