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.)
Why Jews Should Read the Bible as Theology
Israel Has Dodged a Constitutional Crisis, but Only Temporarily
Two weeks ago, then-Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein refused to hold a vote for his replacement, insisting that, in keeping with precedent, the new speaker should only be chosen after a governing coalition has been formed. As his move prevented the newly installed Israeli parliament from resuming its normal business, the Supreme Court tried to break the impasse with two unprecedented interventions into the legislative branch. To Evelyn Gordon, Edelstein acted out of a “genuine and serious concern” about constitutionally questionable moves by his opponents, even if the court was justified in its order that elections for the new speaker take place.