Can We “Go by the Book”?
This chapter considers Jewish insights into the matter, since the observance of commandments in the Hebrew Bible is at the heart of Judaism. It sketches the history of the use of the Bible in moral questions in the Christian churches. Until the introduction of the Alternative Services in the Church of England in the late 1960s, generations of choirboys diverted their attention from boring sermons by reading the 'Table of Kindred and Affinity' appended to the back of older printings of the Book of Common Prayer which listed those who were 'forbidden in Scripture and in our laws to marry together'. In Genesis 1:29-30 the chapter explores a passage that apparently envisages that humans will be vegetarians. The chapter examines Genesis 2:2-3 which explains that God blessed and hallowed the seventh day, because he rested on this day, having completed the creation of the world.