Shout Out

26 05 2009

Just a quick note to say that I am going to be attending the World Congress of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University this August, as well as the following Workshop on Academic Hebrew. If there is anybody else out there who is also going to be attending either or both of those events, feel free to drop me a line! I am a little early to also give a “shout out” to those who will be at the SBL Annual General Meeting in New Orleans this November but, as I’ve already purchased my flights and my registration, I may as well mention that too.

The same goes for anybody who is in Sydney and who is going to be attending Limmud Oz this June. I shall be presenting two papers: one is on the inherent ambiguity in Deut 21:23 (in which I hope to demonstrate, with the aid of a number of ancient witnesses, that the confusion engendered by the clause runs back to the earliest sources), and the other is on a Babylonian Talmudic narrative that concerns Elisha ben Abuya, the sage who lost his faith in God and the nature of whose apostasy I find most inspirational.

Nothing else to announce except the fact that this has been one of my longest breaks from blogging yet. With several classes that I have had to prepare and then run, as well as a number of administrative issues that have arisen at the synagogue that saw fit to employ the likes of me (and not to mention the guilt of not writing my PhD, the very weight of which is heavier than the strain of actually writing one), I have been somewhat preoccupied. I would have expected to report on the decline in the number of hits, but it seems to have increased instead. The only difference is that now, instead of getting people who search for the title of a post that I have written, or the words “Hebrew Bible”, I am receiving visitations from those who seek advise on Hebrew tattoos. I do not mind in the slightest.

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26 05 2009
Daniel

I’ll be at the World Congress of Jewish Studies. Hope that I’ll be able to catch your papers. I’ll be giving a paper on Sunday on Jewish music as part of the Association of Jewish Libraries panel.

27 05 2009
Simon Holloway

Just to clarify: I’m not actually presenting anything at the World Congress. My primary reason for going is to attend the Workshop on Academic Hebrew, but attending the conference as well was just too good an opportunity to miss out on. What is your paper on, exactly?

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