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Joshua Berman

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.

What's Next for Biblical Studies

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.

Aug. 2 2017 12:01AM

The Corruption of Biblical Studies

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.

July 10 2017 12:01AM

The Chasm That Separates Modern Readers from the World of the Biblical Text

Reading and interpreting the Bible from within the fishbowl of our own cultural assumptions, we fail to understand it on its own terms.

Jan. 9 2017 12:01AM

Diving and Divinity

How a Bible scholar with a yen for scuba diving ended up introducing Judaism to Christians on a remote island in Fiji.

July 9 2015 12:01AM

Was Israel Taken out of Egypt, or Egypt out of Israel?

Why some scholars want to see the exodus as just a great story.

March 23 2015 12:01AM

Was There an Exodus?

Many are sure that one of Judaism’s central events never happened. Evidence, some published here for the first time, suggests otherwise.

March 2 2015 12:01AM

Can Jewish Law Get Its Creativity Back?

A reply to my respondents.

Dec. 25 2013 8:45PM

What Is This Thing Called Law?

The Jewish Legal Tradition and Its Discontents
Dec. 1 2013 10:24PM