The Hebrew Bible’s Ethical Revolution

Feb. 11 2020

Drawing on the extensive knowledge now available to scholars of the ancient Middle East, Jeremiah Unterman explains how the biblical moral vision differs dramatically from that of contemporary civilizations: in its idea of human equality, in its emphasis on compassion for the stranger, in its idea of a covenant between God and the people of Israel as a whole rather than some subordinate ruler, and much else. At the heart of these differences is the distinction between the pagan deities, who were naturalist beings prone to selfishness, passions, and unethical behavior, and the omnipotent and beneficent Israelite God, Who stands above nature. (Audio, 45 minutes.)

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BDS, Unable to Harm Israel, Has Turned Its Sights on Jews in the Diaspora

Feb. 26 2021

March 15 marks the beginning of this year’s Israel Apartheid Week, during which campus groups around the world hold rallies and events for the purpose of defaming the Jewish state and mustering support for the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction it (BDS). Richard Kemp comments:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS