HAREDI MEN pray at the Belz Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))
Recently, two new books were published from the beit midrash (study hall) of Yeshivat Har Etzion, which deal with fundamental theological questions relating to the modern Bible study: Fundamental Questions Relating to Bible Teaching by Rabbi Amnon Bazak, a teacher at both Har Etzion and its affiliated institution, Herzog College; and My Constant Delight: Contemporary Religious Zionist Perspectives on Tanach Study edited by Rabbi Dr. Yehoshua Reiss, with contributions from distinguished rabbis and teachers.Both books are the direct result of the revolution in Bible study that has occurred in the religious-Zionist community over the last 40 years. Traditionally, Bible study has been not part of the basic studies at advanced yeshivot, but Har Etzion pioneered the introduction of the Bible into the curriculum. And with this innovation also came a renewed emphasis on the learning of pshat (simple meaning of the text) using modern literary techniques.