Amen and Hallelujah to "No shit."
My breakdown trumps Armstrong's tripe and your overtly basic review. She basically tells us in her book that the Torah is ridden with inconsistencies. This is laughable as it disregards the extreme meticulousness of the writers of the book. To assume they just missed these is a modern elitist view. The truth on this matter is that this woman has no understanding of the Torah as she is trying to study it through a secular lens. Like I said the Torah is a spiritual book and without a spiritual approach no understanding can be had. You and Armstrong serve as perfect examples of this. That's why Genesis 1:1 asks for faith, because that's what opens the gate to the treasure house of truth: the Torah. You and Armstrong have no faith and it's plainly obvious.
These nonsense comments are messing up my Karen Armstrong thread. Karen Armstrong, a woman who is capable of reading and writing books.
I'm not sure if you noticed, being learned and all, but I am capable of those feats as well. Except, I would never lower myself to any publishing company. They are all from the depths of hell. The internet is the new frontier and books are for the dark ages.
Reviewing the surrounding cultures and Judaism itself, Armstrong said the authors had no intention for it to be a literal account.
Reform Jews and others have been saying this for quite some time now, nothing new. However it does pose the question as to how a document originally intended to be symbolic became literal. This would mean that whole lines of thought would need to be wiped out by disease, wars or something else. Because of this factor and many others Armstrong's breakdown becomes merely speculation. You are more attracted to her credentials I would presume which helps your secular confirmation bias grow stronger like a drug. You trust her professionalism which is useless when trying to read a spiritual document. It's actually hilarious because the book is about walking by faith rather than sight, yet you and Armstrong ignore that credential (the only one that maters) and soldier on as if you are going to discover truth. When in fact you need "the Spirit" to aid with spiritual documents (who would have thought!). I'll say it again, without faith you cannot understand the book, period. Faith is the spiritual "activation protocol" as the Torah is a piece of technology not completely understood even in modern times. It will take our civilization much longer to completely understand it, but this is because not enough people walk by faith, which is what the document asks for off the get go.
The account contradicts itself literally.
No it doesn't, we just think it does when we read it wrong. Like YOU said we don't know the original writers and we also know that the intention of the document has essentially been lost. We are left to decode it in the distant future with cultures who are as speculative as anyone else. To be so arrogant as to assume it contradicts itself is simply remarkably pretentious. Such a flawed notion operates on the idea that we actually can parse this document with Science, logic and reason. Such an assumption is preposterous even from a secular perspective. Clearly, Armstrong is just trying to make her and a publishing company some money by getting "ooos and ahhs" from people like you who just eat it up.
Armstrong believes no moral message was intended. Rather, humans wanted a practical guide for living to the fullest extent possible.
The Torah means "Law" and law is always tied to morality because it attempts to bring order to chaos. Armstrong misses the basics, as modern interpretors do and she obviously is catering this book to a secular crowd. It's borderline propaganda that uses a respected mind to propagate into learned circles.