Leon R. Kass is Professor Emeritus in the College and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. A physician, scientist, educator, and public intellectual, he served in 2001-2005 as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. His books include The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis.
After the golden calf, something wondrous happens. Leon Kass walks us through what that is in this final installment of our series on Exodus.
Why does Moses order every Levite to practice fratricide?
This week, we learn that God wants to be known not only as the Israelites’ deliverer from bondage but also as an immediate and permanent presence in their lives.
Does the preservation of the covenant depend upon repeated revelations and direct divine encounters, or are there more permanent ways?
One cannot exaggerate the importance of the Bible’s novel—even revolutionary—teaching about the outsider who lives among the Israelites.
God’s proposed covenant does not look to men of virtue or point to rule by philosophers or kings or prophets. The covenant is made with each and every person.
Why is the Lord so adamant about obliterating Amalek, and why does He make His intentions known?
This week, Kass looks at what the ten plagues of Egypt reveal about the God who metes them out.
This week, we look at the religious, political, and cultural matrix out of which Israel emerges, and the human alternative against which Israel will be defined.
Read along with one of our time’s great readers of the Bible as he works his way through the book of Exodus.
The author of our April essay joins us to talk about how to read the book of Exodus, how the Israelites became a people, and plenty more.
He is still full of hope, and so—in replying to those who would misunderstand me and my method of reading the Bible—am I.
There’s a great deal more at stake in Exodus than getting the slaves out of Egypt. What might it be?
Beyond the distinctive insights offered by each respondent, the overall result is fascinating, not least because the four responses wind up unintentionally but profoundly disagreeing with one another.
Why the Decalogue Matters