“Truthiness” in the Bible

“‘Truthiness’ in the Bible”: What the Bible Means, What it Meant, and Why the Difference Matters”

A recorded live stream lunch and learn with

Rabbi Robbie Harris, associate professor of Bible, JTS

In an age when biblical texts are cited to justify political, religious, and moral beliefs, the question of how to interpret the Bible’s meaning is increasingly important. In this JTS Live Stream Lunch and Learn, Rabbi Robert Harris will discuss several classical Jewish texts in order to guide participants toward an understanding of the distinction between derash and peshat—that is, how we define the difference between the questions “What does the Bible mean?” and “What did the Bible mean?”—and why understanding the difference matters.