David Hazony’s first book, The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life, was published by Scribner in September 2010, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. An American-born writer based in Jerusalem, his writings have appeared in The New Republic, CNN.com, the Forward, Commentary, Moment, The Jewish Chronicle, The New York Sun, Policy Review, the Jerusalem Post, and others. He is a contributing editor at The Forward, and blogs regularly at Contentions, the blog of Commentary Magazine. From 2004-2007, he served as editor-in-chief of Azure, Israel's leading journal of public affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University. He has focused his research on the thought of Eliezer Berkovits, and edited two volumes of Berkovits' writings. He also translated Emuna Elon's novel If You Awaken Love, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2007.
Where to find David Hazony online
What the Bible Really Says about Peace
In 1998, biblical scholar David Hazony began his writing career asking a simple, yet beguiling question: What does the Bible really mean when it uses the word "Shalom," or "peace"? Going through dozens of prophetic and biblical texts about peace, Hazony shows that the concept is radically different from what most people think - and could offer us a whole new approach to world affairs.
Why American Jews Should Learn Hebrew
Expanded version of an essay in the Forward that generated tremendous attention in the American Jewish media. In it, author David Hazony explores the growing cultural gap between American Jews and Israelis, and offers a surprisingly simple, but compelling, solution.
Does Archaeology Prove the Bible?
For a century, archaeological expeditions have backed up many of the stories presented in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament). In recent years, however, a new generation of scholars has emerged claiming that the Bible is mostly a myth -- and that archaeology doesn't prove a thing. In this 2003 essay, author David Hazony shows the hidden assumptions in this high-stakes game.
Mel Gibson's Breach of Faith
Few Hollywood figures are as divisive today as Mel Gibson. He's been accused of anti-Semitism, of mistreating others, and of religious fanaticism. In this 2004 essay, written at the height of the scandal surrounding The Passion of the Christ, David Hazony asks whether he is also betraying the ideas and principles on which he built his fame. A must read today as it was then.