April 11, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Class Instructor: David Steinberg
Dates: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
James Kugel is a brilliant fearless modern/historical scholar of the Hebrew Bible who is convinced of the incompatibility of the results of this type of scholarship with the classical Jewish understanding of the Bible. Nevertheless, he remains a committed and practicing Orthodox Jew. In his excellent book How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now he goes through the Hebrew Bible contrasting and comparing the methods and conclusions of modern scholarship with traditional methods, understandings and conclusions.
From a review of How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now So, how to read the Bible? Kugel proposes two different ways. First, he shows us the Bible as it was read by the “ancient interpreters,” writers who lived in the period a couple of hundred years before and after the birth of Jesus, even as the Bible itself was being codified. Their way of reading the Bible — their assumption of its inerrancy, their belief that scripture teaches moral lessons, and their faith in divine authorship — is the way many of us still read it today. Second, Kugel leads us through the Bible as it’s understood by modern scholars, who for the past 150 years have used archaeology, linguistics, history, anthropology and all the other tools of science to excavate the truth about the Good Book.
The individual classes will be planned to allow participatory discussion.
David Steinberg has had a major interest in biblical studies and in the history of the Hebrew language. He has written 2 major pieces on the history of the Hebrew language as well as shorter pieces on the influence of Hellenistic culture on Judaism and on Josephus. All of these are available on his web site http://www.houseofdavid.ca/.