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January 12, 2007

Amy-Jill Levine on What to Do with the "Old Testament"

Atticus Finch on January 22, 2007 01:40 PM EST writes:
Vicar,

Spoken like a clergyman. Well, maybe this musing is better than attempting to determine the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin. But, not much. Meanwhile, Jesus Christ waits for you to follow his command to preach the good news of the kingdom throughout the entire earth for a witness to all the nations.

By the way, numerous scholars and "divinity gradutes" use the term "Greek scriptures" or "Christian Greek scriptures." Can they all be as silly as you suppose?
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The Vicar on January 16, 2007 09:57 PM EST writes:
Oh, John of Australia: I assume your post about the politics implied in calling the Jewish Scripture the "OT" was not in response to my comments, because that would imply a rather shallow (uncharitable?) reading of my post on your part.

I share the views and concerns expressed by Levine in her article. There are many different biblical texts--the Tanakh, the (Christian) Old Testament, the New Testament. I read Atticus as dismissive of Levine, so I was reiterating that it's problematic to call the "OT" the "Hebrew Scriptures." Problematic because the (Christian) OT is not the Tanakh. And as Levine points out, the terms "Hebrew Scriptures" and the "Hebrew Bible" donĂ½t properly refer to Jewish texts. For one thing, if you're talking about the Tanakh, why call it the "Hebrew Bible"? Why not just call it the Tanakh? Furthermore, as she says, "some of the canonical material included in the books of Ezra-Nehemiah and Daniel is not in Hebrew, but in Aramaic."
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John on January 16, 2007 08:39 PM EST writes:
Have you ever considered the implied politics of Christians calling the Jewish Holy Books the "old" Testament.
Your religion is old hat chaps.
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The Vicar on January 16, 2007 05:17 PM EST writes:
Atticus: In my experience it's those who've devoted the most time to studying what the scriptures say that best understand the issues involved in how we refer to them. Calling the OT books "Hebrew scriptures," as you seem to be suggesting, is problematic enough but to simply call the NT the "Greek scriptures," as you also seem to be saying, is just plain silly.

Your view of the "forest," to borrow your metaphor, seems to be a distant satellite image, unable to discern anything but the most obvious differences among the trees.
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Atticus Finch on January 15, 2007 11:20 PM EST writes:
Name Those Scriptures

What kind of forest-for-the-trees silliness is this? The Hebrew scriptures are so named because that is the language in which most of them were written. Ditto, the Greek scriptures. There. Now you can devote some time to what they say.
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Bob Cornwall on January 12, 2007 02:30 PM EST writes:
John,

Thanks for this memo! Of course, this also relates to the New Testament. If the OT is the Hebrew Bible, what is the NT? If we call it the Christian Bible, what do we do with the part that proceeds it. It really gets messy when you talk Bible with your Jewish friends!
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