The Law’s Liberating Impulse

Passover teaches us that the Torah is rooted in a liberating event and in the movement from Egypt to Sinai we are given the pattern for keeping the freedom which we were given. When we see Torah in light of this liberating impulse, we understand better what the Spirit of the Law is, and what […]

The Cost of Mis-Reading VI Insisting on the Inconsistent or Why Are We Compelled to Mis-read?

We all have a tendency to see in the Bible text what is in ourselves.  If we have a prejudice for or against the text, we will find reasons for our preference in the text.  Some readers find errors and contradictions in the Bible.  Others find truth and consistency in the Bible.  Whatever we find, […]

The Cost of Mis-Reading V Marrying the Rapist? Deuteronomy 22:28-29

I have seen three recent references to this text and the outrage of the Bible’s requirement of having a woman marry her rapist.  This would be an outrage if it were the case.  Thankfully it is not.  This is case however, not only of poor reading, but also of irresponsible translation. In order to understand […]