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REVELATION AND AUTHORITY : sinai in jewish scripture and tradition.

Author: BENJAMIN D SOMMER
Publisher: [S.l.] : YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2018.
Series: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Franz Rosenzweig; Abraham Joshua Heschel; Abraham Joshua Heschel; Franz Rosenzweig
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: BENJAMIN D SOMMER
ISBN: 0300234686 9780300234688 9780300158731 0300158734
OCLC Number: 1002185351
Language Note: Text in Hebrew with parallel translation in English.
Awards: Commended for National Jewish Book Award (Scholarship) 2015
Description: xvii, 419 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Participatory theories of revelation --
Artifact or Scripture? --
What happened at Sinai? Maximalist and minimalist approaches --
Command and law in the participatory theology of Revelation --
Scripture as tradition, and tradition as Scripture --
Event, process, and eternity --
A modern Jewish approach to Scripture --
Conclusion: innovation, continuity, and covenant.
Series Title: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
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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. (Publisher).

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