Mount and Mountain, Volume One: A Reverend and a Rabbi Talk about the Ten Commandments
Smith, Michael and Rami Shapiro
Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys, 2012 pp. x + 134. $15.00
Description: A reverend and a rabbi start a blog… (stop us if you’ve heard this one before). As it happens, not long ago Baptist minister Michael Smith and Jewish rabbi Rami M. Shapiro actually did initiate the blog conversation “Mount and Mountain.” The blog recorded a long-running dialogue between Mike and Rami in which the pair interpreted, argued about, and interrogated two key texts drawn from the canons of their respective religions: the Ten Commandments from the Torah, and the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
This book, focused on the Ten Commandments, represents the first half of that dialogue. In Mount and Mountain, Volume One, Mike and Rami discuss the nature of divinity, the power of faith, and the necessity of doubt. From the beauty of myth and story to the achievements, failings, and future of religion, above all they both wrestle with the struggle to live ethically and in harmony with the way of God.
Reading along, we are invited to take part, to add our own voices and experience to the task of interpretation, and to craft our own meanings from the text of Exodus. And if, as readers, we take that text in our own directions, we move toward a richer understanding not only of Scripture but also of God and godliness.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Judaism, Christianity
Review by William Rutherford
Citation: William Rutherford, review of Michael Smith and Rami Shapiro, Mount and Mountain, Volume One: A Reverend and a Rabbi Talk about the Ten Commandments, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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