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A Jewish Perspective On The New Testament

The New Testament is constantly being re-interpreted from a variety of perspectives — from feminists, to socialists, to traditionalists; there's even a version as seen through the prism of Star Wars. Now you can add to the collection The Jewish Annotated New Testament, the first annotated version of the New Testament from an entirely Jewish point of view.
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How A Thousand Points Of Light Lit The National Tree

Billions of brilliant lights sparkle on houses and trees around the nation as people celebrate the Christmas season. Those lights have also given American presidents reason to joyfully flip the switch on the national tree for nearly 90 years.
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Medieval Christmas Cookies Still In Fashion

So what does a Christmas cookie from centuries ago look like? This time of year, a bakery in Pennsylvania Dutch country is busy making cookies the same way they were made in medieval Germany, and their edible pieces of art history have attracted customers from all over the globe.
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Comparing Favorite Holiday Flicks With A Pro

What are the best movies to watch during the holidays? Depends on whom you ask. Host Scott Simon talks with director Cameron Crowe, whose films include Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire and the just-released We Bought a Zoo, about some of his personal favorites.
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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Offer Up A Delicious Serving Of Both

Latin America has hundreds of interpretations of this Christmas Eve treat – tamales vary not just by country but often by region. So whose version is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
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A Homecoming For Rachel Griffiths On Broadway

The Australian actress known in the U.S. for her role on HBO's Six Feet Under returns to her roots as a stage actress in Other Desert Cities. "Theater was where I began," she says.
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A Passion For The Past: 2011's Best Historical Fiction

These five outstanding novels take us to unfamiliar eras and exotic locales — ancient Israel, Elizabethan England, 1920s Paris — while confirming our common humanity.
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Author Neil Gaiman Plays Not My Job

The author of Coraline and American Gods was born in Hampshire, U.K., and now lives near Minneapolis. We'll ask him three questions about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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For 'Downton' Fans, A New Season And A New Book

Jessica Fellowes, author of a new book about the successful series Downton Abbey, talks about the story of the Crawleys and the world they inhabit.
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Fired Up: The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy books aren't just getting more popular, they're interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms — swapping DNA with literary novels, commenting on current events, morphing into historical science fiction romances, and evolving into hard-boiled detective fantasy.

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