Jonathan D. Safren
yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Sun May 19 14:59:54 EDT 2002
Reminds me of an article by Mayer Gruber on the problem of academic Bible study in Israel. He writes that secular Jewish study has taken God out of the Bible, and Orthodox Jewish study (like at Bar-Ilan U) doesn't dare study the Torah text itself but only the (traditional) commentaries to it.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
----- Original Message -----
From: Lisbeth S. Fried
To: Biblical Hebrew
Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2002 7:28 PM
Subject: RE: modern hebrew....
Sounds like a cultural thing, Jim.
The Protestant, who wants to get back to the text itself,
and the Jew, who wouldn't know how to study the
text without studying the layers and layers of commentary over it.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim West [mailto:jwest at highland.net]
> Sent: Sun, May 19, 2002 1:11 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Cc: b-hebrew at franklin.metalab.unc.edu
> Subject: RE: modern hebrew....
> At 10:45 AM 5/19/02 -0400, you wrote:
> >How can you study the Bible without
> >studying the secondary literature?
> kierkegaard once said that modern writers spend far too much
> time reading
> and not enough time thinking for themselves. he was right. eduard
> schweizer lectured to a class i took in grad school as a
> visiting professor
> and he said the same thing. wouldnt it be nice to read
> something that wasnt
> laced with 5000 opinions? something insightful, reasonable,
> readable, and
> intelligent without having the poor creature die the death of
> a thousand
> qualifications. i fear that these days we are so
> specialized, so concerned
> with the views of others, that we have surrendered our minds
> to the views of
> just my perception of the unfortunate trend in biblical studies.
> Jim West, ThD
> Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
> Quartz Hill School of Theology
> Biblical Studies Resources
> *de omnibus dubitandum est*
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