The Prophets by Norman Podhoretz
Norman Podhoretz, whose eminence as a literary, cultural, and political critic hardly needs reviewing for readers of Commentary, has many feathers in his cap, but biblical scholarship is not one of them. After reading his powerfully argued new book on the prophets, one is thankful for this. No biblical scholar could have writ- ten anything so eloquently and pas- sionately polemical, or so unclogged by the “maybe’s,” “if’s,” and “on the other hand’s” of academic discourse.
About the Author
Hillel Halkin is a columnist for the New York Sun and a veteran contributor to COMMENTARY. Portions of the present essay were delivered at Northwestern University in March as the Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization.