Bible scholar Moshe Greenberg dies at 81

May 17, 2010 20:17


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Moshe Greenberg, an influential scholar whose work won the first-ever Israel Prize for biblical studies, has died, one of his sons said Monday. He was 81.

Greenberg's award-winning Bible scholarship bridged the gap between the commentary of ancient Jewish sages and modern-day religious studies, said Hebrew University professor Israel Knohl, a colleague of Greenberg's.Greenberg died Saturday morning at his Jerusalem home, according to his son Rafi Greenberg.

His definitive two-volume commentary on the Book of Ezekiel described, among other things, how the prohibition of murder became an unbreakable taboo with the Abrahamic religions because of the rise of a belief in man's connection to God, Knohl said.

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