by John W. McGinley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/30/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9781491792698
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9781491792513
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9781491792681

About the Book

I am projecting to my hoped audience of Jews ---and Orthodox Jews in particular--- a very different accounting of Judaism in general; an accounting with emphasis on Scripture, first and foremost. And then there are the more nuanced offerings of portions of our Talmud Bavli produced by those subtle “final anonymous editors” of our Bavli from roughly 575 to roughly 610ce. Subtlety was the only coinage in this orchestration by the ‘final anonymous editors’. The over-arching power of Rabbinic Officialdom could be checked only by subtle and indirect insertions into “The Record” by our glorious final editors of the Talmud Bavli. God bless them.

Take heed:

I am quite consciously attempting to strip you of multiple presuppositions which -- if those presuppositions permeate your reading of this production -- would give you a false understanding of what I am putting forth.

I fully realize that my presentation of these things is not the “received” presentation of these things. So when you first read it you are likely to presume that I am <-- like a dufus without any consciousness of such --> akin to, say, a “bar Hei Hei” thereby giving one a good conscience to quickly dismiss my accounting of things Jewish. It is absolutely amazing how people entrenched in a received tradition do not really HEAR what is being offered to them when it comes from a perspective to which they are not habituated. There is only one way to break that ugly danger:

repetitio mater studiorum

resiliationin the father of truth

Take it or leave it. The burden is now on you.

About the Author

John W. McGinley holds a PhD in Philosophy from Boston College and an MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College; he resides in Farmingdale, NJ.