A Helpful Guide to the Torah for Beginners (Kaminsky and Lohr)

A Helpful Guide to the Torah for Beginners (Kaminsky and Lohr) February 28, 2012

Recently I had a chance to take a quick read of a new book called The Torah by Joel S. Kaminsky and Joel N. Lohr in Oneworld publisher’s “Beginners Guides” (2011). The book receives high praise with endorsements by Terence Fretheim, Ellen Davis, Walter Brueggemann, John Collins, and Matthew Levering.
Here are some helpful things to know about the book
(1) It is short. It is less than 200 pages and introduces the Torah succintly for non-specialists.

(2) It is written for the unitiated. Clearly the two Joel’s have thought a lot about how to break down dense theological and religious terms and ideas into language that makes sense to beginners. A helpful glossary appears in the appendix.
(3) One author is Christian, the other is Jewish. Co-authoring is very challenging. However, in this case, one can easily see the fruit because they can offer two perspectives on the Torah. Neither perspective is treated coldly or harshly. Both approach the Torah from a gracious and winsome perspective.
If a student asked me for a very basic introduction to the Torah, I would not hesitate to hand them this book. And I would ask for it back!

"I am of the opinion that Pastor # 1 had the more appropriate answer. Of ..."

“We Should Be More Like the ..."
"Should also mention EA Speiser's Anchor Bible commentary and especially Claus Westermann's three-volume commentary. Although ..."

New Blog Series: “My Top 6 ..."
"Go back early enough and one finds that there was no 'early' church, but at ..."

“We Should Be More Like the ..."
"Most of the time, the early church were cantankerous, judgmental and disagreeable iconoclasts. They couldn't ..."

“We Should Be More Like the ..."

Browse Our Archives