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2012 March-April

Opinion | Messiahs at the Movies

02:52 05 March in 2012 March-April, Arts, Issues
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By Sala Levin Moment Presents Ten Messianic Flicks Superman (1978) In Richard Donner’s adaptation of the comic-book classic, Jor-El (Marlon Brando) launches his son Kal-El (Hebrew for “voice of God”) into space before the planet Krypton blows up. After crash-landing in the Midwest, Kal-El-turned-Superman (Christopher Reeve) stops Lex...

Book Review | They Don’t Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore

03:15 05 March in 2012 March-April, Book Review, Issues, Religion, Topics
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By Pamela Eisenbaum Daniel Boyarin, professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California Berkeley, may be the most influential scholar of ancient Judaism today. He also has wide-ranging interests—theology, religion, cultural studies, literary theory—and because Boyarin’s work is interdisciplinary and he writes in an engaging...

Jewish Word | A Word Fit for a King

02:43 05 March in 2012 March-April, Issues, Jewish Word, Religion, Topics
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By Caitlin Yoshika Kandil Today, “messiah” usually brings to mind a personal savior, the end of time, the Kingdom of Heaven—or Jesus Christ. This grand, contemporary understanding, however, hides the word’s humble origins—and its millennia-long evolution. The word messiah is derived from the Hebrew root mem, shin, chet,...