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Jan. 25th, 2010 @ 03:49 pm The Book of Genocide
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From:james_morrow
Date:April 3rd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)

Re: On the book of genocide you don't mention

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Dear Anonymous:

I appreciate your passionate reply. As an aficionado of Jack Miles's "God: A Biography," I am quite familiar with the concept of the Tanach (or Tanakh) -- familiar enough to know that you're using the term somewhat confusingly: the Tanakh isn't synonymous with "the five books" (the Law, Torah). Rather, it's the whole omnibus comprising Torah, Neviim (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Hagiographa).

I was employing the phrase "Old Testament" ironically, but I now see that my intention was not clear. From a Jewish perspective -- and from my own as well -- "Old Testament" is an incoherent, condescending, and often offensive term (as opposed to "Tanakh" or "Torah" or even "Pentateuch"). I should have said "so-called Old Testament."

Please note that my quarrel is with Pat Robertson -- whose evangelical theology, I feel, is viciously anti-Semitic at its core -- and also with the specific and eccentric interpretation of Adam's disobedience articulated by Christian thinkers over the centuries. I was not critiquing Judaism at any level. In the future, let's do each other the favor of careful readings.

B'shalom,

James M

Edited at 2010-04-03 03:11 pm (UTC)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 4th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)

Re: On the book of genocide you don't mention

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Mr Morrow thanks for your reply

You write:
"I am quite familiar with the concept of the Tanach (or Tanakh) -- familiar enough to know that you're using the term somewhat confusingly: the Tanakh isn't synonymous with "the five books" (the Law, Torah). Rather, it's the whole omnibus comprising Torah, Neviim (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Hagiographa)."

ah yes I actually am aware of that. I mistakenly wrote Tanach when I meant to write Torah. That was a silly error of mine, so silly that I can't believe I made it, but I see that I did. I am well aware of what Tanach stands for (I speak Hebrew). Thanks for the correction to a really stupid mistake of mine. Shows one should do a proper double check read-through before posting. Agreed on the likes of Pat Robertson and evangelical theology. However such types as Robertson are not the only ones who share a world-view that is anti-Semitic to the core. It is not 1966 (where most American Jews are still living frankly), when it comes to Judenhass you don't have to stray very far from "progressive" leftwing circles.

Larry