Author Topic: How to Read the Bible, by James L. Kugel  (Read 333 times)

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How to Read the Bible, by James L. Kugel
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:58:37 PM »
Anyone read this and have any thoughts?

I'm reading it for a Biblical studies class (taught by an Orthodox priest) about 6 chapters in so far, and it's great. I've never been well exposed to modern Biblical criticism, and this book both does that (e.g. the story of Cain and Able being an etiological tale rather than history) and offers a way to keep a Christian (or the proper traditional Christian) view of it - even if the author is himself an Orthodox Jewish rabbi.
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Re: How to Read the Bible, by James L. Kugel
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 11:01:48 PM »
Are there no resources written by Orthodox writers your priest could have used?  ??? >:( >:(
Am I posting? Or is it Schroedinger's Cat?

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Re: How to Read the Bible, by James L. Kugel
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 11:20:32 PM »
Are there no resources written by Orthodox writers your priest could have used?  ??? >:( >:(

The book is a work that takes traditional exegetical principles in view of modern Biblical criticism (which, taken together, most English-speaking Orthodox are unlikely to be writing on much less experts in). He stressed that Kugel's perspective (whether he's Jewish or not) is rare in modern Western academia given the proliferation of either modern Biblical criticism, or its (non-academic) rejection in Biblical literalism. I imagine there is simply no adequate scholarly alternative, especially considering this is a graduate level class.

It may be worth mentioning that this is a Catholic university.
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