Divrei ben Abuya

In the Babylonian Talmud, Elisha ben Abuya was a great sage who lost his faith in God. So great was he that his and subsequent generations continued learning from him - to the extent that the authors of the Talmud needed to create a story that would serve to legitimise his teachings despite his apostasy. His lesson is a lesson for us all: that great stature is not contingent upon blind faith, nor high learning upon the observation of Torah precepts.

August 26, 2006

The Book is Dead: Long Live the Book!

Faced with the question as to whether or not books are liable to see their demise in the advent of the internet, Umberto Eco waxes philosophical in his analysis of just what a book is. Differentiating between texts that are utilised for reference and those that are utilised for the dramatic telling of a story, Eco foresees the redundancy of one and the undiminished usefulness of the other.


At 5:20 PM , Blogger Daniel said...

I see that yet again I have beaten Umberto to it, with my post "Why Internet Books Will Never Succeed":

It's nice to know he's trying, though.


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