Monday, February 05, 2018

Would King Manasseh have liked source criticism?

Dr. HACHAM ISAAC SASSOON: Source Criticism Enhances Our Acceptance of the Torah (
Traditional commentators endued certain Torah references with midrashic or esoteric purport in an effort to counteract those who mocked them. But in so doing, they were conceding the mockers’ evaluation of these texts as being, prima facie, inconsequential. Fortunately, source criticism helps us accept these texts without discomfort, obviating the compulsion to interpret them away.
There is a fascinating history of midrashic discussion of the quotidian details in the Pentateuch.

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