On Confusing One's Own Views with the Bible's

It’s hard to extract universal philosophical or political lessons from a set of books that is so resolutely particular.

From James Tissot’s The Ark Passes Over the Jordan. Google Art Project.

From James Tissot’s The Ark Passes Over the Jordan. Google Art Project.

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April 20 2020
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Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author of Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Library of Jewish Ideas; Princeton University Press).


In “The People-Forming Passover,” his essay on chapters 12 and 13 of Exodus, Leon Kass subjects the biblical account of the first Passover to a searching examination in order to discover and expound the enduring wisdom underlying the familiar story. As a result, and not surprisingly, he presents us with a number of fine and timely insights, crisply and effectively expressed.

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