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Your Comments Count: Intellectual Clarity and Open Discussions

July 31, 2014

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July was the second best month ever for this blog.  We had 57,910 unique visitors (essentially different people) to the site during the month racking up 116,066 page views. I have, over the life of the blog, made more than 3000 postings and there have been a few guest postings. You have made 30,309 comments. (Many times that number of comments have been discarded as attempted spam. I spend time every day trashing attempts to sneak in.)

808 people have opted in to be notified by email when something is posted or commented upon.  Who-knows how many more are notified through RSS feeds, blog watcher apps, twitter, facebook, etc.

Here are the postings with the most comments ever:

But those are just indications. The true measure is intellectual clarity and truly open discussions.

  1. Louis
    July 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Quite correct,intellectual clarity and truly open discussions are very important. That is how we make progress. We even see it in some areas of biblical studies.
    The editor of the “Jewish Annotated New Testament” has written a new book, this time on the parables of Jesus:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061561010/ref=s9_newr_co_d10_g14_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-1&pf_rd_r=1S1ZP085PQJR5YENAV6A&pf_rd_t=3201&pf_rd_p=1774864282&pf_rd_i=typ01

    • piero
      August 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      First of all :
      Great job, Dan !!!
      — — — —
      Perhaps I am a bit nitpicker, but …
      I am still curious about the book :
      The Jewish Annotated New Testament Hardcover – November 15, 2011
      by
      Amy-Jill Levine

      >Although major New Testament figures — Jesus and Paul, Peter and James,
      Jesus’ mother Mary and Mary Magdalene — were Jews, living in a culture steeped
      in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition
      of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture
      from which it grew — until now.
      >In The Jewish Annotated New Testament,
      eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and
      Marc Z. Brettler put these writings back into the context of their original authors
      and audiences.
      >And they explain how these writings have affected the relations of
      Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years. … … …

      link:
      http://www.amazon.com/Jewish-Annotated-New-Testament/dp/0195297709/ref=la_B001H9TWM0_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406910993&sr=1-1

  2. Mike M
    July 31, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Congratulations Dan, and thanks for the hard work and dedication in maintaining this blog.

  3. Thomas
    August 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Here here. You do a great job Dan

  4. Angel
    August 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Is there a difference between Amy-Jill Levine’s version and “The Jewish New Testament,” by David H. Stern, copyright 1989, that was translated to express its Jewishness?

  5. Angel
    August 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations, Dan!

    You’ve spent a great deal of time and effort on this website. :)

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