Non-prophet

From Avishai Margalit's essay in The New York Review of Books on Norman Podhoretz's The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are:

There is true greatness, I believe, in the prophets. Their writings should not be treated as relevant "lessons" for our times, whether the lesson is for the left, the right, or the center. (Still, anyone who reads Jeremiah, for me the most powerful of the prophets, will recognize that Norman Podhoretz would be hard put to recruit him for Commentary, whereas Michael Walzer would have a somewhat easier time persuading him to write for Dissent.)


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