Scribbles and Scraps 02

Currently I am reading Daniel Boyarin’s Border-Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity and it was a very tough book to tackle. Boyarin is a Jew and since I can’t understand what he is writing about, I start to think about something else, for example, why the Jews are so smart such that they could write something like this. Or, in a more serious manner, on why more than 20% of the Nobel prize were won by the Jews, which are only 0.2% of the world’s population. Or to explain something like this table for the US population (found at the Jesus Creed; in other news, it was the other way around for the Evangelicals):

And I believe the answer lies in the Torah. After the Jerusalem temple was destroyed, the focus of Jewish spirituality shifts to a Torah-centered spirituality. And it means lots and lots and lots of reading, memorizing, commenting, expounding, etc. They are really accustomed in understanding complex arguments presented in the Mishnah and the Talmud. Perhaps it won’t be too exaggerating to say that Rabbinic Judaism is by nature “scholarly.”


4 thoughts on “Scribbles and Scraps 02

  1. d

    for rabbinic judaism, the scripture is a question mark (?). for evangelicals, the scripture is an exclamation mark (!).


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