Presently, my poll shows more than 60% of my readers have read all of the Tanakh (AKA: “The Jewish Bible: — also derogatorily called the “Old” Testament by Christians). Some people would call “The Bible” great literature. But as my Tanakh post illustrates, “the Bible” is really a little library of many books which we can’t judge as a whole. Discussing “the Bible” as if it were just one book is actually partially buying into the fundamentalist believer’s notion of a homogenized, spirit-guided book.
Questions for readers:
- If you think the Tanakh qualifies as great literature, which book(s) do you think qualify as great literature?
- Which books, or parts of books, do you think should be required reading for kid before college?
- Which do you think should be required for liberal arts students who are trying to get a “well-rounded education”?
- What other world-religion texts do you think should be required?
- Which secular authors do you think should be required?
- If not required in school, which to you recommend reading casually?
- Do you think reading the Tanakh is benefitial even without supplementary reading?
Let’s hear it! (Yes, NT stuff is coming later)