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  •  Self criticism and the Biblical tradition (1+ / 0-)
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    Or you could go back to the Torah itself,

    Then Moses cried out to the LORD, "What should I do with these people? In a little while they will stone me!"
    The Tanach does not speak well of Israel (I use the word as it is used in the text, and not the modern sense).  And I think if you read the text as if you are a member of that community (as modern Jews do), it's much different than reading the text in the triumphal way many Christians read it -- as the "New Israel".   In doing that kind of reading, a Christian makes him or self external to the text.  The sins of Israel are not their sins; they are the Sins of the Jews.  It's the difference between the Wise Child and the Wicked Child of the Seder, if you think of it.  The traditional Christian reader separates himself from the community.   He can read about the errors of Israel as the mistakes of someone else, not touching on his own person.  

    I'm not saying that some Christians don't read the text in the same way as Jews tend to (i.e., that they see the errors of Israel as their own errors, and not the errors of the rejected Jews), but it's hard to read some of the comments in these sorts of diaries in that way.  Like the Wicked Child of the Passover Seder, they scoff at someone else's belief, rather than confront their own.

    [I]t is totally not true that Mitt Romney strapped Paul Ryan to the top of a car and drove him to Canada. Stop spreading rumors! -- Gail Collins

    by mbayrob on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:14:04 PM PST

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