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    • Zev Davis
    • 20.04.10 | 22:20 (IDT)

    Hate to disappoint you talkbackers, but the forty-eight books of the Jewish Bible are the ultimate source of whatever is defined as Jewish. Now, in India, bein' dat the Hindu Holy texts are written in Sanskrit, and they embody what the Indians consider their cultural values, ever'body learns them, and in Sanskrit cuz' well, . . . Yeah, even Moslems learn it if they want to graduate high school. In Italy, the beginnings of the idea of a nation where all the people who spoke Italian would form a nation are embodied in the Divine Comedy, so that Dante has been "the book" that every Italian high school student has to read. In Greece, they learn the Iliad and the Oddessy, as well as anything you want to know about the Hellenic Pantheon--and the Greeks are Christians, too boot. Sorry guys, if those nations can be fussy about their classics, I think we can learn to cherish ours.

    from the article: Prime Minister's son places third at international Bible contest
    First published 15:45 20.04.10 | Last updated 16:05 20.04.10
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