Description - The Secular Bible by Jacques Berlinerblau
In The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously, Jacques Berlinerblau suggests that constructing oneself against something that one does not comprehend is intellectually irresponsible and politically dangerous. He then explores the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, through an explicitly secular perspective, reviewing how it has been interpreted from antiquity to today and how these interpretations impact current political debates. In separate chapters, he then looks at how the Bible continues to be invoked in disputes about Jewish intermarriage and identity, and about homosexuality - offering secular readers background and ideas for joining conversations about scripture. Finally, he examines ways in which the Qur'an might be subject to the types of secular interpretation advocated throughout this book, and suggests secularists in all countries need to raise such questions about all sacred texts and religious phenomena. Cumulatively, the book is a first attempt to re-invigorate a once-estimable secular, intellectual tradition.
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Author Biography - Jacques Berlinerblau
Jacques Berlinerblau, who holds separate Ph.D.s in ancient Near Eastern studies and sociology, is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages and Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Hofstra University. His second book, The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals, was published in 1999 and his articles have appeared in The Journal of the Academy of American Religion, History of Religions, Biblical Interpretation, and other scholarly as well as more mainstream publications.