Psalms

At a refreshingly Christian memorial service, a secular Jew has some mixed feelings.

Howard Jacobson
Aug. 2 2019 12:01AM

From a naïve confidence to an enduring hopefulness.

Benjamin Sommer
Sept. 6 2018 12:01AM

Scholars have deciphered three ancient psalms.

Karel van der Toorn
May 3 2018 12:01AM

In a biblical book many of whose poems express anxiety and apprehension, Psalm 104 is a confident and joyous singalong.

April 4 2018 12:01AM

Heartless psalms.

Nathaniel Peters
Dec. 13 2017 12:01AM

David deserves our respect not despite his sins, but because he sinned and repented.

June 20 2017 12:01AM

It’s a poem, not an instruction manual.

Eliezer Finkelman
March 9 2016 12:01AM

The “exodus tradition.”

Brian Britt
Feb. 29 2016 12:01AM

Some ancient Jewish kvetching.

G. Brooke Lester
Jan. 18 2016 12:01AM

Hebrew scribes take great pains to copy faithfully. But, as a passage in Proverbs shows, once an error creeps into the chain of transmission, it can be there forever.

May 13 2015 12:01AM

At Israel’s Bible Lands Museum, on display for the first time is a collection of some 100 clay tablets documenting the lives of Jews exiled. . .

Ilan Ben Zion
Feb. 3 2015 12:01AM

The figurative description of God in Psalm 23 expresses stewardship, companionship, attendance, nurturing, and love: qualities as precious today as then.   

Fred Reiss
May 14 2014 12:01AM

The Song of Songs, the Bible’s most profound meditation on love, projects a Judaism of lived experience, not abstract principle. (2010.)

Shalom Carmy
April 4 2014 12:01AM