מה אומרים אנשים - כתיבת ביקורת
I have been reading the essays of Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein for several months now. All of them have revealed meticulous research, careful thinking, and original insight.
His most recent work, 'G-d versus Gods: Judaism the the Age of Idolatry', follows suit, resulting in a composition that is nothing short of groundbreaking. His analysis is more than illuminating; it is inspiring, presenting a wealth of sources, both from the traditional, Jewish sources - from the Talmud to the Zohar to more recent commentaries - and from the secular, academic world.
I particularly enjoyed his Encyclopedia section at the end of the book that constitutes a concise list of the pagan deities and their meaning.
If you are interested in biblical history, in the etymology of the various idols and pagan deities mentioned in the Torah, or in how the cultural milieu of the ancient Near East impacted on the lives of the Jewish people, from their genesis until the end of Tanach and beyond[!], you must read this book.
Thoroughly researched, well written, and thought-provoking, 'G-d versus Gods' is written from a Torah-true perspective. As such, it is highly recommended as a valuable contribution to Jewish scholarship!!
Holy Sheep and Golden Calves in Egypt and the Exodus