T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 107, No. 4 (Fall 2017) 557–568 ALAN T . LEVENSON University of Oklahoma Anita Shapira, The Bible and Israeli Identity. [Hebrew.] Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2005. Pp. 188. Mark Larrimore, The Book of Job: A Biography. Lives of Great Religious Books. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2013. Pp. viii 286. David Wolpe, David: The Divided Heart. Jewish Lives. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2014. Pp. vii 153. Benjamin D. Sommer, ed., Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Intro- duction. New York: New York University Press, 2012. Pp. ix 334. “I AG RE E THAT T HE B IBL E should be read like any other book. The question is: how does one read other books?” So writes the late Church historian David C. Steinmetz. Despite my admiration for Steinmetz, the Bible has never been “read like any other book” even if one thinks that it ought to be. In both Israel and the United States, the two most signiﬁcant centers of Jewish population since the Holocaust, the Bible stood as a touchstone of national identity even before these
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