Why Jews Should Read the Bible as Theology

Feb. 26 2020

In his recent book Jewish Theology Unbound, James A. Diamond seeks to refute the claim—made both by defenders and critics of Judaism—that theology is essentially foreign to the Jewish religion; he does so by turning to Scripture itself, offering novel readings of certain pregnant passages. Diamond discusses his book with Dru Johnson, a Christian scholar of the Hebrew Bible, in a conversation that also touches on his own intellectual formation, his experiences teaching the Holocaust to undergraduates, and other topics. (Audio, 61 minutes. An extract from Diamond’s book can be read here.)

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More about: Hebrew Bible, Judaism, Theology

How Princeton Abandoned a Graduate Student Held Hostage by Iran

Jan. 25 2022

In 2016, Xiyue Wang, an American citizen and a PhD candidate at Princeton University, traveled to Tehran to improve his Persian, and to conduct archival research on the governance of border provinces in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A few months later he was arrested and sent to the Evin prison, where he was held for 40 months, most of which he spent in solitary confinement. He emerged thoroughly disabused of his former faith in the possibility of U.S conciliation with the Islam Republic. He had a similar change in attitude toward his university. Peter Theroux writes:

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More about: Academia, Iran