Are J, E, P & D your favorite letters?

Usually Teaneck Shuls, the official list serve of all the shuls here in the shtetl posts lots of notices for magic, segulahs, and visiting wonder workers. Here is a first. And the person looking for friends even has a sense of humor in his title. I wonder if anyone will comment on the list serve or will anyone complain? It kinda feels like Russian haskole cut off from actual academic trends in Germany. The person also does not seem to realize that we have several major Biblical scholars that teach at JTS or secular universities that live in the neighborhood. For some current discussion, see my interview with Joshua Berman.

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Date: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM
Subject: [TeaneckShuls] Are J, E, P & D your favorite letters?

Are you intrigued by Biblical Criticism but have no one to talk to or learn with? Just your luck–a few of us are looking to start a *chabura. *Topic/book TBD. You must be able to read and understand Biblical Hebrew. Just respond to this email.

8 responses to “Are J, E, P & D your favorite letters?

  1. Perhaps the subject line was oblique as a way of getting the email past the TeaneckShuls moderators, who might not catch the meaning of the letters. I know for a fact (I checked) that the vast majority of frum Jews do not associate anything with those letters.

  2. “the vast majority of frum Jews do not associate anything with those letters.”

    Who is Zeus?

  3. A trap, obviously

  4. This will likely be the subject of a future rant by R. Pruzansky.

  5. Ouch! Russian Haskalah cut off from actual academic trends in Germany! I’ll try to get over that one. But from whence the inference that I am unaware of the academic Bible scholars in our midst? As for the title, all my TeaneckShuls posts have humorous titles; no reason this one shouldn’t. I was toying with “Knohl, Kaufmann, Kugel and Gunkel” but decided to go for something that was a) more basic and b) didn’t sound like a law firm, since business posts are generally prohibited on TeaneckShuls and that might have held up the posting.

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