The books of the Hebrew Bible were written thousands of years ago in a very different world from ours. Already in the Middle Ages, respected Jewish thinkers like Moses Maimonides and Abraham ibn Ezra realized that the more we know about the ancient Near East in biblical times, the better we understand the nuances of […]
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“…this book uses simple language to explore fascinating subject matter on a new topic. It is recommended for anyone interested in religion and genetics.” Read review in Reading Religion, A Publication of the American Academy of Religion.
In Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics (Jewish Publication Society, Mar. 2017), Jeremiah Unterman shows that, in its moral understandings, the Old Testament reflected a radical advance over writings of other ancient Near Eastern civilizations. In an endorsement, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin notes that Unterman “never loses sight of the fact that the […]
“Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics by Jeremiah Unterman (Jewish Publication Society, Mar. 2017) demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous cultural influence.” Read full article…
On Joseph: Portraits through the Ages “Alan Levenson’s book, Joseph: Portraits through the Ages is an excellent companion to the Joseph story, substituting admirably for the college class you likely never had…Levenson’s interpretation draws from traditional and modern Jewish commentary, from literature…and, unusually for a Jewish book, occasionally from Christian sources. Levenson also explains passages […]
“The volumes have been given a layout and binding that is simply a delight. It is printed with a clear script. The layout of the volume is simple, allows quick reference, and invites the reader to join the century-long dialogue on the texts of Torah.” Read review in the Bulletin of Biblical Research.
“Rabbi Plaut, who died in 2012 at the age of 99, was onto something when he wrote that Reform Judaism ‘is a phenomenon of man’s restless spirit.’ Substitute a gender-neutral term and he’s still right….the debate and challenges Rabbi Plaut so cherished continue.” Read Canadian Jewish News Review.
“The moment we ask about the direction to which a text points, we have begun to read it philosophically.” Mosaic discusses Kenneth Seeskin’s work.
“Jonah is the prophetic Book that is traditionally read during the afternoon service on Yom Kippur…Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives by Rabbi Steven Bob provides a contemporary, personal perspective.” Read review in the Chicago Jewish Star.