The Contrast Between the Bible's Idea of History and the Modern Idea

In the Bible there is no solid differentiation but rather fluidity among what we moderns call past, present, and future.

A sixteenth-century illustration of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem. ART Collection / Alamy Stock Photo.

A sixteenth-century illustration of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem. ART Collection / Alamy Stock Photo.

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Aug. 13 2018
About the author

Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author, most recently, of The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Library of Jewish Ideas; Princeton University Press), which has recently been reissued in paperback.


Eric Mechoulan’s essay, “What Is the Meaning of Jewish History?,” is a wide-ranging, learned, and challenging exploration of the modes and purposes of historiography, or the writing of history, especially Jewish history.

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