This week on Up Close, what happens to our ideas of the present when we shift our perspective on the past?
First, historian Rick Perlstein may change your perspective on the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Perlstein examines the pre-presidential life of Reagan in his book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.
Then, NYU professor Lawrence Schiffman goes back 2,000 years to explore the little-known Jewish texts that didn’t make it into the Bible as we know it today but have much to teach about Jewish life in the pre-Rabbinic period. Schiffman is co-editor of the new three-volume work Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture.
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