"In the Hebrew Bible and related ancient sources prayer is an opportunity to make one's case before divine judges. Prayers were formulated using courtroom or trial language, including demands for judgment, confessions, and accusations. The presence of these legal concepts reveals ancient Near Eastern thoughts about what takes place when one prays. By reading ancient prayers together with legal texts, this book shows how speakers took advantage of this opportunity to have their day in the divine court, and even sue against divine injustice"--
Shalom Holtz discusses his book "Praying Legally." Recorded December 4th, 2019 at Gottesman Library, Yeshiva University. Interviewer: Shulamis Hes, Librarian.