Over the next few weeks the Talmud Blog will be launching some exciting new ventures. One of these is “The Book Club” – a space where a recent and significant book in the field will be discussed by readers of the Talmud Blog. Each Book Club discussion will be lead by a different discussion leader, and later on in the discussion the book’s author will have an opportunity to weigh in as well. We will announce the name of the book six weeks in advance in order to give people time to read the book carefully. When possible, we will try to arrange a discount to purchase the book (though often the most affordable way to read academic books is at your local academic library). The only rules for participation are reading the book before commenting and observing the Talmud Blog’s normal commenting etiquette.
The first Book Club meeting at the Talmud Blog will discuss Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Demonic Desires: “Yetzer Hara” and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (Philadelphia, 2011). Readers receive a 20% discount by using the code P2B8 when shopping at the UPenn website. We hope to open space for discussion on December 15, 2011, which will be accessible as a tab on the main menu.
Looking forward to this exciting endeavor!