Friday, September 16, 2016

Also cited by Shuli Barzilai . . .

In Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times (2009), pages 10-11, Shuli Barzilai cites my online article "'Ethical' Dualism of Food in The Gospel of John":
Furthermore, in both early Jewish and Christian sources, connotations of corruption and death accrue to vinegar as a form of spoiled or overfermented wine. For confirmation that "rabbinical tradition considered vinegar a 'cursed' substance," Jeffery Hodges cites the reiteration in the Babylonian Talmud and the Jerusalem Talmud of a mishnaic ruling attributed to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi ("Judah the Prince"): Over vinegar....R. Judah says, Anything which is in the nature of a curse: one does not say a Blessing over it."
In my article, I was identifying vinegar as wine gone bad, indeed cursed, in contrast to the good wine of the miracle at Cana.



At 3:15 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

No wonder I never developed a taste for sipping vinegar! My preference is for sipping Pinot Noir. Nevertheless, when mixed with extra virgin oil (or just a virgin), it makes a fine salad dressing.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Pinot noir mixed with olive oil? I'd add a little vinegar to that. By the way, a splash of vinegar to soda water makes for a very refreshing drink - start with the splash. Add soda water.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:24 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...


I believe the word "Nevertheless" clarifies that my pronoun "it" refers to "vinegar" rather than to "Pinot Noir". But I'll try to be more precise in the future :)

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

You're right. I missed the significance of "Nevertheless."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least this citation spelled your name correctly.


At 3:09 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

What exactly are "postmodern times"?

If everybody stopped using the phrase, would we find ourselves in another historical frame?

At 4:12 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

a late-20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of “art.”

At 5:39 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jay, that is something to be thankful for.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:48 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Postmodern Times? Isn't that a newspaper?

"Extra! Extra! Read small about it! Get the little story here!"

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Postmodernism is merely the most recent grand narrative. Its unconscious, but unifying logic might best be encapsulated as:

"Everything is true; nothing is permitted."

Jeffery Hodges

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