Monday, December 10, 2018

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Book Review: 'G-d versus gods' by Rabbi Reuven Klein

by Aharon Rubin at Mystical Paths
 
'G-d versus gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry', by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein.



https://amzn.to/2NO4jLy

For several months now I have been reading the essays of Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein, as he examines the history and etymology of various words in Lashon Hakodesh (the Holy Tongue - Biblical Hebrew) through Tanach, Midrashim, Gemara, classical and modern commentaries. All of them have revealed meticulous research, careful thinking, and original insight.

His most recent work, 'G-d versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry', follows suit, resulting in a composition that is nothing short of groundbreaking.
His analysis and compilation of sources is more than illuminating; it is inspiring, presenting a wealth of sources, both from the traditional, Jewish sources - from the Talmud to the Zohar to more recent commentaries - and from the secular, academic world.

In particular, I enjoyed his Encyclopedia section at the end of the book constituting a list of the pagan deities and their suggested provenance and meaning.

If you are interested in biblical history, in the etymology of the various idols and pagan deities mentioned in the Torah, what they mean and how they impact the narrative, or in how the cultural milieu of the ancient Near East impacted on the lives of the Jewish people, from their genesis until the end of Tanach and beyond[!], you must read this book.

Thoroughly researched, well written, and thought-provoking, 'G-d versus Gods' is written from a Torah-true perspective. As such, it is highly recommended as a valuable contribution to Jewish scholarship!

[Disclaimer: I received the book to review.]

3 comments:

  1. Unfortunately Amazon doesn't ship to Israel.

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    1. I've contacted the author and will let you know his reply.

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  2. If you to order in Israel, please contact the author directly at rabbircklein@gmail.com it is cheaper to order through him.

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