Bible

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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Noah and the award-winning director Darren Aronofsky

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

Darren Aronofsky is set to take on a biblical task.

The award-winning Black Swan director is in talks to film a live-action adaptation of the Genesis story Noah and the Ark.

According to Hollywood industry website Deadline, Mr Aronofsky has already written the script for a film and is expecting to make it with a budget of £80 million.

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A plague on both your iPhones for Passover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

An American iPhone application developer has found a way to bring the ten plagues into the 21st century.

Jeff Eagle's "Plague Audio" app features the passage read about the plagues during the Seder, along with sound effects to bring each one to life – from the croak of a frog to the sound of a hailstone crashing to the ground.

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Blackout at Rambam's tomb after rabbis ignore electricty bill

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Visitors to the Rambam's tomb in Tiberias may find it difficult to see things clearly.

The holy burial site of the renowned 12th century Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides was left without electricity after the rabbis who managed the site failed to pay mounting utility bills.

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