Joshua Berman is professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and a research fellow at the Herzl Institute. His new book, Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism, is just out from Oxford University Press.
Source criticism has failed, and a systemic bias pervades academic biblical studies. But computational linguistics promises to open up the Bible in new and reliable ways.
Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions.
Reading and interpreting the Bible from within the fishbowl of our own cultural assumptions, we fail to understand it on its own terms.
How a Bible scholar with a yen for scuba diving ended up introducing Judaism to Christians on a remote island in Fiji.
Why some scholars want to see the exodus as just a great story.
Many are sure that one of Judaism’s central events never happened. Evidence, some published here for the first time, suggests otherwise.
A reply to my respondents.