About the Author

Prof. Joshua Berman

Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman is a professor of Tanakh at Bar-Ilan University. A graduate of Princeton University and of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Rabbi Berman is the author of two academic books on the five books of the Torah: Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Oxford, 2008), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Scholarship, and his most recent book, Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism (Oxford, 2017). His articles on biblical theology and contemporary society have appeared in the pages of Mosaic Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Rabbi Dr. Berman served as a member of the International Advisory Board for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Messengers from the Russian Moral Abyss

Cousins of mine embarking on their new life in Israel shared chilling accounts of a country that resembles prewar Germany.

In Egypt, Walking in the Footsteps of the Exodus

Guiding tours to the land of the Pharaohs, I’ve gained an unexpected appreciation for Egyptians – modern and ancient.

Can We Know if the Exodus Happened?

Can a rigorous and convincing case be made for the Biblical Exodus?

Yes, Virginia, the Patriarchs Really Did Ride on Camels

The New York Times was wrong: Archaeological data about the camel actually affirms the accuracy and antiquity of the Genesis accounts.

Addressing Biblical Criticism: A Critique of the Documentary Hypothesis

An in-depth examination of the story of the Flood yields numerous faults of the source-critical approach.

Evidence for the Exodus

Examining the historicity of the biblical exodus.

Letters from My Great-Grandmother

Inspired by Bubbe Esther’s piety, I ventured to the Ukrainian shtetls where she lived and perished in 1941.

Blacks, Palestinians and the Disastrous Politics of Rage

African American conservatives have a message worth heeding on the corrosive effects of playing the victim card.

Dramatic New Archeological Finds at Tel Beit Shemesh

The impressive discoveries shed light on a core biblical concept: brit, or covenant.

Six Big Political Ideas the Torah Gave the World

One more reason why the Torah is so revolutionary.

Haggadah and Hieroglyphics

The book of Exodus and the Passover Hagaddah use the Egyptian pharaohs' language and imagery to outsmart them.

How the Torah Revolutionized Political Thought

Throughout the ancient world the truth was self-evident: all men were NOT created equal.

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