Sunday, August 06, 2006

Bible and History

In an essay titled "The State and Directions of Orthodox Bible Study" (in Shalom Carmy ed., Modern Scholarship in the Study of Torah), Dr. B. Barry Levy offers 30 rules and principles for modern Orthodox Bible study (pp. 75-79). All of these are worthy of note, but I present here the final idea on the list, which I think is particularly relevant to blog readers:

30. Determinations of the validity of historical reconstructions, or of any suggested interpretations, will reflect changing thoughts, experiences, and beliefs of the educated reader. Commitment to a lifelong program of Bible study must be a priority of every educated Jew.
In other words, what might seem implausible to you today may seem very plausible in five years' time.

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