The Miraculous Nature of the OT

 Nahum Sarna’s Understanding Genesis (New York: Schocken Books, Inc. 1966) is a great resource for studying the first book of the Bible from a Jewish perspective.  I especially liked the introduction, where Sarna talks about OT studies in general in light of higher criticism and fundamentalism.  In one section of the introduction, Sarna explains how… Continue reading The Miraculous Nature of the OT

Sarna on Idols (The 2nd Commandment)

 This is a fantastic explanation of Exodus 20.4 by Jewish scholar Nahum Sarna. "The revolutionary Israelite concept of God entails his being wholly separate from the world of his creation and wholly other than what the human mind can conceive or the human imagination depict.  Therefore, any material representation of divinity is prohibited, a proscription elaborated… Continue reading Sarna on Idols (The 2nd Commandment)