Thursday, December 10, 2009

Why Torah doesn't "read" like a book (by XGH)

One possible explanation: Given the dirth of books in the days before the invention of the printing press, the Torah was originally transmitted orally. I should have thought of this myself, but I'm glad Ex-Godol Hador pointed it out.


Anonymous jdub said...

hardly a radical proposition not an orthodox one, but it's not original. Professor Everett Fox (i think it's everett) has a translation of the torah that was written as if it had been an orally transmitted document. I got the first volume in '89 or '90, so XGH is, once again, way behind the time.

Fri Dec 11, 08:35:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

" . . . behind the time." Likewise, I'm sure. Playing catch-up is the story of my life. :)

Fri Dec 11, 10:24:00 AM 2009  
Anonymous jdub said...

It's not a comment on you. I'm just sick of XGH pretending like he keeps discovering these radical new ideas that have been around for a long time for anyone who's been paying attention. I'm not saying anyone necessarily accepts the proposition that he puts forth as a mainstream opinion, but he strives to be this shocking "look, I'm the first Orthodox/orthoprax person who has ever discovered this". Gimme a break.

Fri Dec 11, 10:27:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I guess he started paying attention a bit late in the game. :)

Fri Dec 11, 10:39:00 AM 2009  

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