Op-ed

Biblical Studies: No More Corrupt than any Other Discipline

A response to Joshua Berman’s critique of academic biblical scholarship, “The Corruption of Biblical Studies.” This reply is self-standing, but you are encouraged to read his piece before reading this response.

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

When a Teacher Believes Biblical Criticism Is Worse Than Pornography

In a Modern Orthodox school in the Tri-State Area, a Jewish day school sophomore is publicly rebuked and shamed by his rabbi for reading academic biblical scholarship.

Confessions of an Interloper: Bible Criticism from the Sidelines

“Bible criticism can ruin only a faith that has already been weakened.” – Emmanuel Levinas, “The Spinoza case”

Prof. Rabbi

Shaul Magid

Biblical Studies: No More Corrupt than any Other Discipline

A response to Joshua Berman’s critique of academic biblical scholarship, “The Corruption of Biblical Studies.” This reply is self-standing, but you are encouraged to read his piece before reading this response.

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

The First Source-Critical Bar Mitzvah Speech?

This is an actual bar mitzvah speech delivered last year by a Modern Orthodox boy at his bar Mitzvah. The source division comes from the source sheets passed out at that event. We have not edited it, though we did make some light adjustments and added subtitles to ease the flow of the piece for the readers. We are not certain that this is the first source critical speech of this sort. If you know of other such bar mitzvah speeches please leave a comment or email the editors@thetorah.

Project TABS Editors

Facing Our Past

Biblical scholarship as archaeo-psychology sheds light on the development of moral and religious awareness. We can either run from it or learn from it.

Dan Sofer

The 71st Face of the Torah

The need for rational-critical approaches to Scripture, in the popular Israeli discussions of the weekly parasha

Prof.

Yair Hoffman

Reaching Across the Great Divide

Archaeology Review September / October 2013

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler