While Standing On One Foot
Via Joe Carter, a series of one-sentence summaries of the Bible from various “scholars and pastors.” None of them take a path similar to Rabbi Hillel’s famous line — “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” (I’m going somewhere with this, I promise…)
This isn’t surprising, given that they’re Christians and the addition of the New Testament necessarily alters the nature of the book they’re discussing. Intriguingly (to me, at least), their replies are all the summary of a narrative: Creation, fall, God’s love, redemption/Jesus. My question (wanting to avoid arguments over the nature/ethics of various religions), is this: does this indicate a general distinction between the two religious traditions over the literary nature of their respective Bibles?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
More broadly speaking, I guess I’m wondering aloud (coming from the Jewish side of things myself) whether Christianity doesn’t merely place more emphasis on the Bible-as-narrative/story than Judaism, but is it accurate/inaccurate to say that it views it as, perhaps, primarily narrative/story?