As a possible prospective buyer, you can even touch the treasures, or, at minimum, make someone else touch them: A couple weeks ago, at a public display of the lots on sale at a December 20th auction of Important Judaica, I watched in mild amazement as a curator opened a 14th-century illuminated Tanach
to show off the trellises of micrography looping across its opening pages.
We know both about the common roots of Judaism and Christianity (the Tanach
or the Old Testament) and about our different religious and cultural roots (Mishna and Talmud versus the New Testament and the Greek frame of conceptualization).
The main source was the Tanach
and The Jewish Study Bible, which is a wonderful resource because it is so extensively annotated.
The Hebrew word Tanach
derives from the first letter of the three sections of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), or Torah (Five Books of Moses), Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).
So, to understand Christianity we Catholics have to understand Judaism and learn from Jews--through dialogue rather than disputation--how they interpret their TaNaCh
, the Hebrew Scriptures, and how we might best understand it today in light of the changing circumstances of the twenty-first century.
is the Hebrew Bible, the acronym for the Torah--teachings as the Five Books of Moses.
The reason is because they believe in the Tanach
and the literal word of the Jewish Bible.
8220;The writings of Tanach
are full or prophesies and predictions about the future.
More specifically, for them, as is still the case with language scholars today, "the Bible" meant the traditional Masoretic Text of the books of the Tanach
, the one readily available to everyone who has a Hebrew Bible.
13) And the rabbis know the Talmud better than the Tanach
This lovely retort by Elan put me in mind of a very dramatic and serious story in the Biblical book of 1 Kings 21 ff that is familiar to most Jewish and non-Jewish students of the Tanach
In this way, He is a projection of our own sense of self, and since the times of the Tanach
, we have seen ourselves, like Yahweh, as being ultimately unknowable.