Are Christian Readers of the Hebrew Bible Guilty of Opening Someone Else’s Mail?

March 25 2022

To Jews, the Tanakh—with its constant exhortations of “the people Israel” and the “house of Jacob”—is a book addressed to themselves as a nation. But does it follow that believing Christians are simply voyeurs when they seek inspiration and instruction in the same text? Jon D. Levenson explores this question in conversation with Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston. In the process, he explains why the term “election” is a poor rendering of the Jewish concept of chosenness, the significance of the style of rabbinic exegesis known as midrash, and much else.

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More about: Hebrew Bible, Jewish-Christian relations, Midrash

 

The Demise of UNRWA Is Long Overdue

June 27 2022

The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)—which provides educational and social services to the descendants of Palestinian refugees—recently predicted disaster if the organization is unable to raise $100 million in the next few months. Ruthie Blum explains why this official’s claim that UNRWA “is indispensable in the lives of Palestinian refugees” is simply false:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, UNRWA