It's almost impossible to think of the Bible as anything other than
the expression of the religious traditions that view it as Holy
Scripture. Yet given that vital parts of it were written as much as
a thousand years before the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and the
birth of Christianity, there is no obvious reason why this should
be true. In his groundbreaking new book, Joseph's Bones:
Understanding the Struggle Between God and Mankind in the Bible,
philosopher Jerome Segal offers a fresh and vigorous reexamination
of the oldest part of the Bible. In Joseph's Bones, Segal asks you
to imagine that you know nothing about Judaism or Christianity and
one day pick up something called "The Hexateuch" (the first six
books of the Bible). How would you understand the story it
recounts? Who is God? And who are the Israelites? And perhaps most
important, what is the relationship between God and humanity? He
contends that the Bible does not view morality as dependent on God.
Rather, it understands moral truths to be objective aspects of
reality that limit even God's freedom of action, though God himself
resists such a notion. Segal maintains that in the great saga of
mankind's struggle with God, Abraham and Moses emerge as heroes,
each seeking to protect mankind from God's unpredictable and often
unwarranted wrath. The book's final section explores how this
rethinking of the Hexateuch transforms the story of Jesus in the
New Testament in ways neither Christians nor Jews have considered.
Both a radically new way of understanding the Biblical texts and a
lively examination of it, Joseph's Bones is an anomaly of Biblical
interpretation: brilliant, rigorously argued, and thoroughly
original. It is at once persuasive scholarship and a captivating
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