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Did Jesus walk on water because he couldn’t swim?

Jenny Diski: Jewish Seafarers, 20 August 1998

The Children of Noah: Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times 
by Raphael Patai.
Princeton, 208 pp., £17.95, May 1998, 0 691 01580 5
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... ordered the Red Sea to part rather than have the Children of Israel get their feet wet? The late Raphael Patai’s book is, it must be said, a slim volume, and it was over sixty years in the making, whereas his work on the more plausible Jewish alchemists took only ten years to publish. There is no evidence that any of the four great Biblical travellers ...

Jesus and Cain

Edmund Leach, 2 December 1982

The Sacred Executioner: Human Sacrifice and the Legacy of Guilt 
by Hyam Maccoby.
Thames and Hudson, 208 pp., £10.95, September 1982, 0 500 01281 4
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... Even the scholarly popularisers are neglected. Julian Morgenstern is only mentioned in passing and Raphael Patai is not mentioned at all; nor is Louis Ginzberg’s seven-volume The Legends of the Jews, which is, by general consent, the major classic in its field. Maccoby, who is librarian of a Jewish college in London, certainly knows all such stuff and ...

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