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A Man Fleeing from a Unicorn Falls into a Well with a Dragon: Parables in the Legend of Barlaam and Josaphat

The first edition of the Sacrum Martyrologium Romanum published in 1584 lists 27 November as the feast day of Barlaam and Josaphat. The text contains the following note on these saints, “In India at the borders of Persia, the Saints…
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Parable of the Month September (Rosh haShana): Working Wonders

Text of the parable (for commentary see below): “Who is like You, O Lord, among the celestials/gods; Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in splendor, working wonders!” (Exod 15:11) “Working wonders” (Exod 15:11): The measure of flesh and…
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To What Can the Parable Be Compared? Parables and Fables in the Graeco-Roman World

In many sources from the ancient world, comparisons or analogies, often in the form of short narratives, are used to tell a larger story, to develop an argument, to demonstrate a moral lesson, or to have a humorous effect. Well-known…
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Bitcoins, heavenly storehouses and the transience of (spiritual) wealth

For those who have invested in Bitcoins or other digital currencies, it has not been a good week. Bitcoin dropped 12% without any clear cause, panic arose among investors, and financial analysts warned that Bitcoin could be the biggest bubble…
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Parable of the month January: if one kills a human being, one kills the image of God

For the Dutch discussion of this parable, see here. In this midrash, the physical presentation of the Ten Words on the two tablets, is the focus of attention. They are ordered in such a way that the oppositely placed commandments…
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