Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Deuteronomy and the senses

PROF. STEVEN WEITZMAN: Deuteronomy on the Problem of Using the Senses to Experience God (
“God has not given you a mind to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear until this very day”(Deut 29:3).

In contrast to the first four books of the Torah, Deuteronomy is largely narrated from a first person perspective—from the “I” perspective of Moses who recounts the experiences of Israel from his particular angle of vision. The decision to tell its story from a subjective and personal perspective may be related to another distinctive quality of Deuteronomy: its interest in the subjective dimensions of religious experience.


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