How Bible Critics Misread the Bible—Even by Their Own Standards

Dec. 30 2020

In conversation with Yoram Hazony, Joshua Berman discusses his own path to becoming a biblical scholar, why he thinks that Bible criticism—the prevalent academic theory that the Hebrew Bible was spliced together from numerous contradictory texts—rests on shaky empirical foundations, and why we should look to the Tanakh as a source of political wisdom. Some of the arguments Berman mentions in this discussion can be found in his own writing in Mosaic, both here and here. (Video, 51 minutes.)

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Hamas Is Winning the War for Palestinian, and Israeli Arab, Hearts and Minds

While many in the West seem to think the current fighting in Israel is about housing policy, or human rights, or the selective blockade of the Gaza Strip, the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders and on Palestinian social media makes clear that it is in fact about al-Aqsa mosque. This should come as no surprise: fabricated claims that “al-Aqsa is in danger” have been used to provoke anti-Jewish violence for a hundred years. In this particular case, explains Haviv Rettig Gur, both Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party exploited the claim in their rivalry for Palestinian hearts and minds:

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More about: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamas, Israeli Arabs, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict