Tuesday, October 09, 2007

James Kugel on Neusner, or Neusner Knives II: When knives are turned back at "a certain prolific but misguided student of rabbinic Judaism"

החכם Evanstonjew pointed out that in James Kugel's new book* How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now there is a reference (almost certain) to Jacob Neusner.

Kugel is discussing Gunkel's theory that the Psalms were formulaic liturgy for the Temple, which meant they lack specificity (see). By way of illustration, he points out how he, James Kugel, would pray to God for the downfall of his enemies in a specific way (as opposed to the Psalms, which are general).

Pg. 464

* Haven't read it.

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