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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Plotz is reading the Bible and blogging about it

David Plotz, of Slate, has decided to read the Bible for himself. I just found and read his post about why he decided to do this. He has begun blogging about his experience of reading the Bible. Plotz doesn't react to the biblical text the way many readers of this blog do. He's coming at it fresh and he's often rather fresh in what he says as he reads the Bible. I find his comments interesting.

Plotz is Jewish but has to read the Bible in English translation since he doesn't read Biblical Hebrew. If you were recommending a Bible version for Plotz to read, which one would it be?


At Sun May 28, 08:11:00 AM, Blogger Peter Kirk said...

I liked this comment on Genesis 3:12, but not everyone would:

When God quizzes Adam about eating from the tree, he immediately—and I mean immediately—sells out Eve. "The woman You put at my side—she gave me of the tree, and I ate." What kind of husband is this? He's supposed to be her master, but he won't even take responsibility for his own weakness?

At Sun May 28, 10:26:00 AM, Blogger Talmida said...

What a fun blog!

I always recommend Friedman's Commentary on the Torah with a New English Translation. It's plain English but as faithful to the HEbrew as it can be, with great notes that explain almost every question that arises in the text.

At Sun May 28, 10:29:00 AM, Blogger M. J. Mansini said...

I have a weird sense of deja vu... a feeling that, somehow, somewhere, there have been millions of people over the centuries who have read the Bible afresh and commented on it...

Call it creepy... but it just seems so... familiar.

(obvious use of sarcasm was imminent for a subject such as this... I'm kinda surprised anyone here actually visits slate, didn't know they did much of anything useful).

At Sun May 28, 03:23:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

Matthew ended:

I'm kinda surprised anyone here actually visits slate, didn't know they did much of anything useful).

Google made me do it!


At Sun May 28, 09:23:00 PM, Blogger M. J. Mansini said...

Google? Ah, all is forgiven then :D


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