Originally posted by sonship
Have you seen any of the videos or books by one Jewish MIT physicist Gerald Shroeder?
He apparently has a lot of knowledge about science and the rabbinical writings.
He is very interesting.
No, but thanks for the recommendation; it is added to my list, as I rebuild (slowly and frugally) my resources . . .
As you might have noticed, I am re-immersing in my Judaic studies—I set it aside for some personal reasons; am returning for some personal reasons—but so much ground that needs to be recovered! My Hebrew has degenerated from “minimal” to “impoverished”. 🙁 Also, I had to do a major purge of my bookshelves (or at least thought that I did), and a lot of my resources went; I still have a few, which I am revisiting before I can move on too far . . . .
I did read a book some years ago by Daniel Matt (a pretty renowned Jewish scholar, whose major work is a multi-volume translation of the Zohar
, of which I have 5 volumes) called God and the Big Bang
—but Matt is (like me) a non-dualist, and so “God” does not refer to the God of dualist-theism. Nondualism is a very major stream in Judaism.
From the Zohar
’s commentary on Genesis 1:1—
“Beyond that point, nothing is known.
So it is called Beginning.”
I am not saying that these rabbis knew anything about science—only that their metaphysics sees “Beginning” as analogous to the singularity
, beyond which is not nihil
but the unknown.
Again, thanks for the heads up.