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Jacob L. Wright
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Jacob L. Wright belongs to Emory University’s Faculty of Distinction and teaches Hebrew Bible in the Candler School of Theology. Publishing widely on the subject of war and national identity in the ancient Near East, he is the author of "Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers," winner of a 2008 Sir John Templeton Award.

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A Free Online Course on the Bible's Prehistory and Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 7:20 PM

This week my free online course will launch. Entitled "The Bible's Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future," the course is offered through Coursera and the prestigious Emory University, which is world-renown for its graduate programs in Biblical Studies (the largest in the USA). It's one of its first course...

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Myths of Moses

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:58 PM

Passover began on Monday, and DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" will air this Sunday, as it does every year on Easter. It's thus an auspicious time to reflect again on the mysterious life of Moses.

From antiquity to modernity, from East to West, this biblical figure has inspired an array...

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Žižek, 'Zero Dark Thirty' and Torture

(28) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 9:43 AM

In a recent article, the Slovene philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek voices his disdain for the movie "Zero Dark Thirty," imputing to its director an intention to normalize torture and thereby endorse it. The author's comparisons to the Holocaust are just about as disturbing as his conspiracy-phobia...

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The Cyrus Cylinder And A Dream For The Middle East

(124) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 4:20 PM

In a recent TED lecture that is well on its way to becoming one of the most popular in a distinguished series, the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrated the fascinating history of a 2,600-year-old clay object known as the Cyrus Cylinder. The ancient artifact is...

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