Yom Shlishi, 16 Iyyar 5779
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Biblical Criticism

by Rabbi Dr Charles H Middleburgh


For many centuries Jews regarded the Hebrew Bible as ‘Holy Writ’ and therefore studied it uncritically, as a sacrosanct document whose narratives are all historically true and whose commandments are all divine and therefore to be obeyed. This philosophy, known as Fundamentalism, is not exclusive to Judaism, but in our context it quintessentially expresses the view that the Five books of Moses are the word of God revealed on Mt. Sinai. as a result, those who espouse this view say that everything in the Torah must be obeyed, and nothing may be denied or ignored.  Read more