Attached are two reviews of my recent book containing over 100 misconceptions people have about the Bible and God. If you want to write a review of the book and place it on Amazon, I will send you a PDF.
Once again, Israel Drazin has authored an amazing and iconoclastic work that will provoke waves in scholarly circles. In thirty-eight chapters, author Drazin explores new insights and interpretations of fundamental Biblical texts. Israel Drazin is a polymath, a renaissance Judaic scholar that is a rarity in our times. A thrice ordained Rabbi, Army chaplain, and Lawyer, he brings to his works additional degrees in Psychology, Theology, Hebrew Literature and Aramaic. His latest work on the Bible, “The Mysteries of Judaism IV,” will no doubt shock the most Orthodox fundamentalist and that is his purpose. He writes,” Although some of what I write may appear to be non-traditional, I am convinced that what I write is traditional Judaism. I am an observant Orthodox Jew.” Drazin challenges the reader to question accepted values and reality. Among the accepted beliefs that the author denies are the literal, verbal interpretations of the creation and Garden of Eden chapters of the book of Genesis. The author, a devotee of Maimonides, offers the possibility that these chapters are fables, not history. Other chapters in this book discuss the meaning of God’s names, alternate versions of the creation of Eve and different versions of the same story. The author sides with the school that asserts that there were numerous authors of the Bible and not only Moses. No doubt readers will question the author’s Orthodoxy, but he is committed to the truth however unnerving to others. Author Drazin has offered the reading public a most enlightening and informative book on the Bible that does not compromise excellent scholarship and readability. This forty-fifth work of Drazin is recommended without reservation….Rabbi (Dr.) Charles H. Freundlich , Dec.15, 2020 Boca Raton, Fl.
This is a book for people who like to think. It is written by an observant orthodox Jew, and is not iconoclastic, but it does to try to understand what the Torah and the rabbis tell us, and they are not always the same. The book is extensive in topics, in 38 chapters dealing with everything important in Judaism – to name just a few creation, Torah, customs, details about the significance of the snake, did Moses write the whole Torah if it describes his death? hundreds of topics. With an index, and multiple pages of sources, and introduction, and afterword, the reader can find anything he is looking for. I highly recommend this book. What is all the more amazing is that it is only one of about 50 books the author has written, and this could have been a life’s work. If you really want to understand issues of Judaism, read this book.
Submitted by Judith S. Rubenstein, EdD, Publisher, Granite Hills Press