Reading the Bible Through Neuroscience: Is Your Brain Different From Moses’ Brain?

What can neuroscience teach us about how to read the bible? James Kugel has some suggestions.
Kugel is a Jewish biblical scholar & former Harvard professor. His new book, The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times, makes some fascinating observations about the difference between the Hebrew mind and the modern mind.
The main difference is in our “sense of self.” Modern readers don’t have the same assumptions about what it means to be a human being. We differ in two key ways:
Self as Internal v. External to the Body
At this moment you have an idea about what it means to be you. This is your sense of self. Kugel says that the modern sense of self is quite different from the ancient sense of self . . .


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