Reviews by M. JONES

Chosen Peoples

by Israel Zangwill

I fear I must disagree with the prior reviewer. The work seems to be an attack upon anti-Semitism thought to be arising in Germany. The work says nothing at all about the nature of anti-Semitism or the modern history of Europe in producing it, as the Panic of 1873, produced by Jewish money manipulators and some swindlers in Germany.

If one has not actually read Maimonides, it may be hard to understand what the author is saying. Maimonides' attempt to link Judaism and Aristotle has some truth, but the true leaning of Maimonides is toward science, though he follows the standard dictum pretty much in M-Torah, his major Hebrew work.

The "Chosen People" lecture tells nothing which one not very familiar with Judaism is going to grasp. The Chosen status is the fundamental basis of Jewish ethics. It exists with the definition that God is cause and effect linked with the economic, mechanical, logical natures of the universe.

Readers who do not understand the meaning of this will be highly misled by this lecture.

True understanding of Judaism is essential to understanding history. In High School and general European History in college Magna Carta was formed to further the powers of knights, lords, etc opposed to the king. True enough, but the great purpose was to
have the king use his office to protect these people from Jewish Money-lenders, as the Jews had a monopoly on money.

Look at Judges 19. Ask: Did the Levite do the right thing in pushing the girl out the door? If you cannot see the answer as Yes,
you have not understood.

Reviewed on 2008.05.13

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontė

The law of entail is the source of next generation hurt and Heathcliff's power. It should be understood; the law almost enslaved woman. Jefferson wrote against it in Notes on the State of Virginia. The story-telling technique is very third-hand, yet achieves beautiful insight. There is no sex, of course; how heathcliff gets his money is unstated. So the story is not too realistic.

Reviewed on 2008.05.12

The King James Bible

by Various Authors

I love the KJV; it is beautiful. But for the OT, it should be read in addition to a good translation of the TANACH (Old Testament) and realized that the Hebrew used then and today is largely guesswork as to meaning. Spinoza estimates that 18 % of the words in the original are unknown as to exact meaning. Lev. has the line: "Thou shalt not stand against the blood of your neighbor." The Stone version of TANACH says loosely, You shall not stand by the blood of your fellow. The difference is key. The KJV, in Judges 19 follows the practice of saying the girl, the Concubine, played the whore upon her "husband" the Levite. Yet this is based upon the way something is said, not what it means. The Stone version takes this out.

Nothing can top the KJV for beauty. I wish all copies would have the dedication to James I, which praises his predessor, Elizbeth I, who had killed James's mother. Ironic.

Reviewed on 2008.05.12

The Makers and Teachers of Judaism

by Charles Foster Kent

This discussion is not of great interest. It gives the odd fact here and there, as the origin of the notion that 70 scholars translated the OT or TANACH intoGreek from the original.

The discussion of the Mesiannic idea is essentially Christian. There are no meaningful discussions as given by Jewish early or later, as RASHI or Maimonides. If the reader is serious about learning, this discussion will provide little.

Reviewed on 2008.03.27

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