Rabbi Sacks on Hebrew Storytelling

We owe virtually all our abstract concepts to the Greeks. The Hebrew Bible knows nothing of such ideas. There is a creation narrative – in fact, more than one – but there is no theoretical discussion of what the basic elements of the universe are. There is an enthralling story about the birth of monarchy in Israel, but no discussion, such as is to be found in Plato and Aristotle, about the relative merits of monarchy as opposed to aristocracy or democracy. When the Hebrew Bible wants to explain something, it does not articulate a theory. It tells a story.

Sacks, Jonathan. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning (p. 44). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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