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Dru Johnson on Hebrew vs. Greek

Rabbi Ari Lamm speaks the Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Center for Hebraic Thought at King’s College

Human equality. Justice for all. Political liberty. Hope in the face of despair. We take all of these for granted as essential components of a good life and virtuous society. But where do they come from? Will you find them in Plato and Aristotle? In Cicero or Plotinus? What if we can’t?

On this week’s episode, Rabbi Ari sat down with Dru Johnson, Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Center for Hebraic Thought at King’s College, to talk about why the world we live in is incomprehensible without the Hebrew Bible.

They talked what’s wrong with the Greek philosophers; what the Hebraic world is all about; what ritual can teach us; why it’s important to fold your underwear; what punk rock has to do with the Bible; whether our body is something we should try to escape; the greatest Biblical story you’ve never heard of; and much more! Listen here:

About Good Faith Effort: The Hebrew Bible is every bit America’s moral founding document as the Constitution is our political founding document. Every week, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm speaks with thinkers, writers, artists, and faith leaders to explore how the Bible continues to inform our lives today, from politics to psychology to pop culture, bringing Americans of different traditions and persuasions closer together as so much else threatens to pull us apart.

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