Philologos


The New Testament Sounds Odd in Yiddish

By Philologos

If you thought that a Yiddish translation of the Qur’an sounded odd, just try translating the New Testament into a language used only by Jews.Read More


Legends of the Fall

By Philologos

Philologos explains how the Genesis creation story may come from a Babylonian myth about an epic civil war where the gods attack the followers of Tiamat, the goddess of salt-water.Read More


Strange Case of a Death in Venice

By Philologos

Philologos tries to solve a 300-year-old mystery. Why did someone carve Hebrew letters on a coffin in 18th century Venice, and what do they mean?Read More


A Very Merry 5773 to All

By Philologos

Many Jews might not know that the new Jewish year is 5773. Philologos explains why even fewer Israelis know what the acronym tash’ag means.Read More


The Yiddish Quran

By Philologos

Philologos examines how odd it would be for an ultra-Orthodox Jew to read the Muslim holy book in a tongue so inextricably linked to Judaism.Read More


David Brooks Channels 'Perplexed' Maimonides

By Philologos

New York Times columnist David Brooks offered a ‘Guide for the Perplexed’ on the 2012 presidential race. He’s one of many who’ve recently used the title coined by the famed Jewish philosopher Maimonides.Read More


Many Mysteries of the Word ‘Mystery’

By Philologos

What’s the history of the word ‘mystery’? Philogos reveals all, touching on both ancient Hebrew and one of our favorite authors at the same time.Read More


Yoshke of Nazareth

By Philologos

Jews have many name for Jesus, not all of them nice. Some Yiddish speakers used a dismissive epithet translating roughly as Little Joe. Others call him son of Panther.Read More


‘Jew-Washing’ Is Bad Practice and Phrase

By Philologos

Some have coined the term ‘Jew-washing’ to refer to the practice of enlisting Jews to make stands that might otherwise be considered anti-Semitic more palatable to the public.Read More


Maccabees Most Macabre

By Philologos

Is there a link between the word ‘macabre’ and the Maccabees? Could be. The word was coined in medieval days when Maccabees were revered as martyrs.Read More


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