Judaism, Revelation, Bible Criticism, and the Dangers of Radical Doubt

Dec. 27 2019

In his 2015 book Revelation and Authority, Benjamin Sommer sought to reconcile modern biblical scholarship with Jewish theology. He discusses this book, his own education, the importance of ritual in understanding the Psalms, why radical love is not the solution to all problems, and much else in conversation with Matt Lynch. Noting that he has long been wary of the dangers of fanatical religiosity, Sommer contends that a greater danger in the contemporary West comes from the radical doubt of those who wish to write off religion entirely. He concludes the interview by urging academic Bible scholars to abandon their longstanding fixation on efforts to date various biblical passages. (Audio, 66 minutes.)

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More about: Biblical criticism, Conservative Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Judaism, Revelation

 

The UN’s New Blacklist of Israeli Businesses Threatens Palestinians Most of All

Feb. 18 2020

Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council publicized a database of 112 companies—94 of which are based in Israel—that do business in “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory [sic], including East Jerusalem.” This list, three years in the making, evidently serves as a guide for those wishing, or promoting, a boycott of the Jewish state. As Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik explain in a detailed report, such a boycott would above all hurt Palestinians:

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More about: BDS, Palestinian economy, UNHRC