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Revelation and Authority : Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition (Reprint) (Paperback) (Benjamin D.

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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.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 419
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History
Series Title: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Benjamin D. Sommer
Language: English
Street Date: February 6, 2018
TCIN: 53298652
UPC: 9780300234688
Item Number (DPCI): 248-61-1493
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