Magazine article Tikkun

Bill Moyers's Genesis

Magazine article Tikkun

Bill Moyers's Genesis

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Bill Moyers has made an important contribution to American public life with the airing of his new television series on the Book of Genesis.

For several decades we have witnessed the growth of a religious Right that claimed to base itself on a commitment to the Bible. Yet few of these people have actually bothered to struggle with the text itself in the hopes of finding God's voice within it. Instead, they have appropriated the Bible when they could find quotes to fit their pre-existing (often xenophobic, sexist, or homophobic) political agenda.

The Moyers series shows us the complexity of the text. A group of thoughtful people read the same lines, but they come away with remarkably diverse interpretations. And that is the point: There is not one answer to "what the Bible says," but myriad possible readings.

Moyers would have done better had he included Orthodox Torah scholars such as Tsvi Blanchard or Daniel Landes, and Jewish renewalists such as Arthur Waskow and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. …

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