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

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy