I have been reviewing what I have written in this blog in 2013. Actually, I’ve gone back to November 2012, which is when my father died and marks a kind of watershed for me.
At that time I was reading Israel Knohl’s Divine Symphony. Knohl says that the Hebrew Bible contains many voices: the sources of the Pentateuch, the Prophets, the Wisdom writings and Psalms, and the Holiness School–the Holiness School is very important for him and brought the priestly source of the Torah into line with the prophets, especially Isaiah. These represent a chorus or symphony with point and counterpoint.
To someone with a background in the American battle-for-the-Bible conflict between the idea that scripture speaks with one inerrant, divine voice and the idea that scripture is a varied, human, ethical resource; Knohl’s notion seems way out on the liberal end of things. But it isn’t. His title includes the…
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