The Bible

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-The scriptures of Jews, Christians and Moslems each proclaim their own to be the Chosen Ones. In an age when these groups want to get along, what shall be made of these passages? (Jewish Journal)

-Jews traumatized by the expulsion from Spain and Portugal looked to the Book of Esther for explanation and succor. (National Foundation for Jewish Culture)

-If Scripture is not God’s handiwork, can these documents still be sacred, perhaps even to an atheist? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

-The Book of Psalms, says James Wood, “is the great oasis in which a desert people gathers to pour out its complaints, fears, hopes,â€? and Robert Alter’s “translation yields an ancient text stripped of Christian ideas,â€? to give only their view of what God is like. (New Yorker)

-Robert Alter discusses why he set about preparing a new translation for the Book of Psalms. (JBooks)

Posted on October 31, 2007

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