By James Kugel
Now 4 years have handed and Judd is dissatisfied. He confronts his former instructor and mentor, a Syrian Jew a professional in Judaism, with a barrage of questions: Why achieve this many stuff within the Talmud appear to be simply shrewdpermanent arguments? Doesn’t someone care approximately what's fairly precise? Did Moses relatively write the Torah? Why doesn’t yeshiva research ever stand up to the demanding situations of technological know-how, of biblical feedback, and different elements of the fashionable international? so much of all, the place is “the fact of ha-Shem” in all this—shouldn’t that be the full element of studying?
Their discussion, occasionally offended, occasionally funny, finally touches at the most elementary concerns in Judaism, as Judd and his mentor each one attempt to persuade the opposite in their very varied perspectives. this can be a booklet for individuals of every kind: yeshiva scholars and yeshiva dropouts, the pious and the not-so-pious, and any usual reader desirous to take a seat in on a seminar in complex Judaism.
Praise for James Kugel:
“Kugel has a superb ear for narrative, a lifelong scholar’s self-discipline, and a ask yourself and self assurance fed by way of his ideals. His collecting up of a life’s paintings offers readers an opportunity to sweep up opposed to genius, and maybe learn these ideals we declare for ourselves.” The Seattle Times
“[Kugel,] way over only a pupil, is particularly a reader and is aware that, much more than wisdom, style, and discrimination, crucial factor to convey to a textual content is oneself: now not part of oneself, however the complete, solely targeted and fully open, learn to offer and take all. so one can learn during this method is a unprecedented reward, and Mr. Kugel, who may also write, has it.” Hillel Halkin, The Forward
“Mr. Kugel’s huge, immense venture [The Bible because it Was], is perhaps obvious as a milestone within the lengthy serious background of Bible reviews. . . yet whereas Mr. Kugel’s e-book is deeply grounded in scholarship, it truly is written with a straightforwardness or even an occasional wryness that makes it generally obtainable, a excitement to read.” Richard Bernstein, the recent York Times
“Perhaps the main recognized dwelling debatable Apikores [heretic] on the earth is professor James Kugel, previously of Harvard collage, and now educating at an Israeli University.” Voz Is Neias (Yiddish: What’s News?), an online blog.
James Kugel: Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard collage from 1982 to 2003, Kugel retired from Harvard to develop into Professor of Bible at Bar Ilan collage in Israel, the place he additionally served as chairman of the dep. of Bible. a consultant within the Hebrew Bible and the lifeless Sea Scrolls, Kugel is the writer of greater than seventy study articles and 13 books, together with the assumption of Biblical Poetry, On Being a Jew, The Bible because it used to be (winner of the Grawemeyer Prize in Religion), tips on how to learn the Bible (awarded the nationwide Jewish publication Award for the easiest publication of 2007), and within the Valley of the Shadow. he's a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Editor in leader of Jewish reports: a web magazine.
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