Friday, October 1, 2021

The Bible as a Great Book

Gary A. Anderson reviews Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus, by Leon R. Kass, at First Things.

"As in his volume on Genesis, Kass remains committed to reading the Bible as one of Western Civilization’s 'Great Books.' This means that the Jewish tradition can play no decisive role in determining what the text teaches. This is not to say that Kass has ignored the tradition. There are many references to premodern and modern interpreters, but they play no essential role in Kass’s discernment of the enduring value of the text."

On the Bible and Great Books of the Western World, see below, What We Cannot Know unless We Know the Bible.

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