Say what you will! I'm proud and thrilled that my brother, Yoram Hazony, has published his long-awaited treatise on the philosophy of the Hebrew Bible. Over so many years, beginning with his book The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther fifteen years ago, Yoram has written and taught that the Bible, or "Old Testament," has much more to offer our world than most people like to believe. It was in that context that a whole bunch of scholars took a new look at the greatest of ancient texts, including my own book on the Ten Commandments (Scribner). Now his The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge) has launched, and it is making a huge splash in just the right places. Go, bro!
Also very very exciting is Daniel Gordis's new major work, just-published, about why we should care about and love Israel. Gordis has recently become Israel's number one promoter in English-language writing, with a series of essays and public debates taking on Peter Beinart and other Jewish neo-post-Zionists. Now his major work, The Promise of Israel (Wiley), launched this week, will make the case in more depth than ever before.