Revelation And Authority: Sinai In Jewish Scripture And Tradition

February 6, 2018|
Revelation And Authority: Sinai In Jewish Scripture And Tradition by Benjamin D. Sommer
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Winner of the 2016 Goldstein-Goren Award for the best book in Jewish Thought

At once a study of biblical theology and modern Jewish thought, this volume describes a “participatory theory of revelation” as it addresses the ways biblical authors and contemporary theologians alike understand the process of revelation and hence the authority of the law. Benjamin Sommer maintains that the Pentateuch’s authors intend not only to convey God’s will but to express Israel’s interpretation of and response to that divine will. Thus Sommer’s close readings of biblical texts bolster liberal theologies of modern Judaism, especially those of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Franz Rosenzweig. This bold view of revelation puts a premium on human agency and attests to the grandeur of a God who accomplishes a providential task through the free will of the human subjects under divine authority. Yet, even though the Pentateuch’s authors hold diverse views of revelation, all of them regard the binding authority of the law as sacrosanct. Sommer’s book demonstrates why a law-observant religious Jew can be open to discoveries about the Bible that seem nontraditional or even antireligious.
Benjamin D. Sommer is professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He lives in Teaneck, NJ.
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Title:Revelation And Authority: Sinai In Jewish Scripture And Tradition
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:440 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:440 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Published:February 6, 2018
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300234688

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