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Viewing King David as a Real Historical Figure

It’s The Jewish Channel’s brand-new show, Up Close.

News anchor Steven I. Weiss goes in-depth on the issues with interviews and small panels. On this first episode, we explore historical leaders Thomas Jefferson and the Biblical figure of King David.

Featuring extended interviews with Jon Meacham, author of “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” and Yale University professor Joel Baden, author of “The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero.”

Watch the abbreviated web version above, or listen to the complete audio-only edition available as a podcast.

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  • Yosef Shomron January 31, 2014, 1:29 AM

    It’s one thing to laugh at ourselves and satirize about observant Judaism and its many manifestations in different customs/minhagim – but it’s quite another to present a panel discussion denying the authenticity of our Tanach. If David can’t play a harp and kill Goliat because the G-d of Israel is limited in ability (l’havdil) then the Exodus from Egypt, receiving Torah at Mt. Sinai, the 10 plagues and all the rest are “legend only” (l’havdil). If – it’s all legend because there’s no historical/archaeological evidence – then why be frum? Hence, no need for the website: “frum satire” Heshy – you crossed a red line with this posting.

    • Anon January 31, 2014, 4:18 AM

      You take life way to seriously. It’s obvious that the tales are legend.

    • A. Nuran January 31, 2014, 4:30 AM

      If your entire life is based on believing the literal truth of something which is not literally true you will certainly encounter difficulties. This is especially true since there is strong no evidence for and quite a bit of (growing) evidence against some of the stories. How important is truth to you? How important is faith if some of it may be misplaced? Would your life be better or worse if you changed your behavior?

      I only have answers for myself. You’ll need to come up with ones for you.

    • Tuv January 31, 2014, 5:02 PM

      maybe literalists who are frum have to think about whether their own commitments to literal Torah represents a crossed line?

    • 4r3 February 2, 2014, 12:02 PM

      Firstly, this post was actually done by ”the jewish channel” as you can clearly see.
      Secondly, ‘legend’ doesn’t necessarily mean that said thing didn’t actually happen.
      Thirdly, there are lots of people that choose to lead the ”frum” path, but would do well with some healthy doses of ‘chizzuk’ to believe things in the more literal sense.
      Why do they do they remain ”frum”? Some believe that God wants them to keep His commandments, others simply are used to being ”frum” and are happy to stay like that.
      Remember, ultra-rationalism is a disease that spreads quickly.

      • Rational February 3, 2014, 7:43 AM

        “Remember, ultra-rationalism is a disease that spreads quickly.” Huh? A disease is destructive by its nature, rationalism brings enlightenment by its very nature.

        • 4r3 February 8, 2014, 7:35 PM

          And ultra-rationalism, like any ‘ultra’, brings stupidity, boredom and self-obsessiveness.

  • Anonymous February 3, 2014, 7:59 AM

    “The dream of reason produces monsters.”

    • Anonymous February 3, 2014, 11:57 AM

      So does religion

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