Academic journal article Jewish Bible Quarterly

Editorial

Academic journal article Jewish Bible Quarterly

Editorial

Article excerpt

Bible study, whether by individuals or groups, whether it is devoted to the weekly Torah portion or to specific books of the Tanakh, constitutes an ongoing worldwide pursuit. From Genesis to Second Chronicles, it is a tree of life to those who grasp it (Prov. 3:18), offering words of wisdom, moral guidance, a challenge to the intellect, and an unending source of questions and answers. Bible study appears to be undergoing a renaissance, evidenced by the popularity of Jewish periodicals in both Hebrew and English which include more and more biblical material. In Israel one finds regular advertisements for organized Bible-focused tours (tiyyulei Tanakh) that combine lectures on biblical topics with tours to the actual sites where the events took place. The Bible study days (Yemei Iyyun) held each summer at Yeshivat Har Etzion, which once drew only teachers and other professionals, now boast a robust attendance of laypeople as well.

Sadly, however, we live in times when truth is masked by falsehood, when fact is replaced by fiction, and when the Bible itself is under malign attack. This campaign, once led by militant atheists, is now spearheaded by Islamic fundamentalists who, as I pointed out in a JBQ editorial over ten years ago, have added religious zealotry and intolerance to the political onslaught on Israel. …

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