Joshua Berman is professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and the author most recently of Ani Maamin: Biblical Criticism, Historical Truth, and the Thirteen Principles of Faith (Maggid).
A rabbi and Bible scholar joins us to talk about his trips to biblical Egypt, and about the role of Egypt in the Jewish imagination.
Untangling the history of the Ani Ma’amin, usually but misleadingly ascribed to Maimonides.
On reading the Hebrew Bible in a spirit of intellectual honesty without losing your faith.
The eminent bible scholar and author of the essay “Was There an Exodus?” joins us in the studio.
Source criticism has failed, and a systemic bias pervades academic biblical studies. But computational linguistics promises to open up the Bible in new and reliable ways.
Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions.
Reading and interpreting the Bible from within the fishbowl of our own cultural assumptions, we fail to understand it on its own terms.
How a Bible scholar with a yen for scuba diving ended up introducing Judaism to Christians on a remote island in Fiji.
Why some scholars want to see the exodus as just a great story.
Many are sure that one of Judaism’s central events never happened. Evidence, some published here for the first time, suggests otherwise.
A reply to my respondents.