Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We have too many Bibles.
OK, I guess in some sense you can never have too many. But we just realized that we have two Tanachs (JPS and Soncino), a Tikkun (Torah reader's practice volume), an Oxford Jewish Study Bible, and two copies of the travel edition of the Etz Hayim chumash. We also have a handful of siddurim, a couple of Torah commentaries, and a lot of assorted Judaic literature in English. The thing that is "too many" about this is that while we have six Bibles, there is a lot of other stuff that we don't have at all: Mishnah, Gemara, Tosefta, all the Talmudic literature, in fact. Of course what we do have is the most important, the core of the tradition; but there's still a lot missing. It will be interesting to see, eventually, if we are the kind of Jews who develop a serious Judaica library; we are serious about books, of course, but how much study will we be able to do in the future?